Celebrating A New Malaysia


August 30, 2018

Celebrating A New Malaysia

by Dr. A Farouk Musa

http://irfront.net/post/articles/articles-english/celebrating-a-new-malaysia/

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A new Malaysia was born after the spectacular 9thMay General Election. Nothing seems to be more profound to me than breathing a new air of liberation from the corrupt and despotic regime. But the long journey of a New Malaysia has just started. This requires a great effort by this multicultural and multi-religious society to work sincerely for change. Like what Mahatma Gandhi used to say: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.

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Dr. A Farouk Musa and Din Merican share a common vision of a Malaysian Muslim who can learn from “all the different races, religions and cultures” and is “able to celebrate diversity and the differing thoughts and opinions.”

We should be able to learn from all the different races, religions and cultures. What more of different civilizations. In order for us to progress as a nation with a Muslim identity, I envisage a more tolerant Muslim society. A society that is able to celebrate diversity and the differing thoughts and opinions. The ability to be able to respect the others of their beliefs; of their cultures, and their life styles. The ability to exercise the rational faculty rather than believing in rhetoric and fear-mongering. The ability to stand up as a proud nation that embraces pluralism and being equitable to everyone irrespective of race and religion.–Dr A. Farouk Musa

I envisaged the change in the mindset of the people especially my Muslim brothers. It is time for us to work for a better future than to regress into the nostalgic time 1400 years ago. Remember that what the Prophet had laid for us was the foundation and framework of a just and equitable society. When his suggestion forbidding cross-pollination of dates that led to a poor yield the following year and later confronted by his companions, he said: “you know more of your worldly issues”. Meaning to say that this worldly issues regarding agriculture, economy, politics, science, technology and so on, are all for us to find the best solution and to progress. He was not appointed by God to teach us all these. It requires our intellect to decipher what is the best solution to all these worldly issues. The act of some Muslim brothers to look into the compendium of hadith to find the answer and solution to worldly problems is not only defeating, but futile in nature.

 

This is the main change in mindset that I would like to see especially in my Muslim brothers. The ability to utilize the intellectual faculty that was endowed by God rather than searching into the texts. The Qur’an teaches us to use our intellect. The Qur’an did not provide us with answers to all our woes. The Qur’an gives a parable to this invocation via the story of a raven that showed Cain how to bury Abel. The Qur’an says” Then Allah sent a crow scratching the ground to show him how to cover the dead body of his brother. He said: Woe is me! Am I not able to be as this crow and cover the dead body of my brother?” (5:31). Now, if human could learn from a raven on his worldly matter, why was it so difficult for us to exercise our God-given faculty of intellect to find the best solution to all our human problems in our beloved nation?

We should be able to learn from all the different races, religions and cultures. What more of different civilizations. In order for us to progress as a nation with a Muslim identity, I envisage a more tolerant Muslim society. A society that is able to celebrate diversity and the differing thoughts and opinions. The ability to be able to respect the others of their beliefs; of their cultures, and their life styles. The ability to exercise the rational faculty rather than believing in rhetoric and fear-mongering. The ability to stand up as a proud nation that embraces pluralism and being equitable to everyone irrespective of race and religion. A plural society that would put differences aside and work for a common goal to make this country a better place to stay for us and our future generations.

 


Dato’ Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa is a founder and Director at the Islamic Renaissance Front. This essay first appeared at The EDGE, Special Report on August 27, 2018.

2 thoughts on “Celebrating A New Malaysia

  1. New Malaysia should follow the example of Saudi Arabia, round up all the Billionaires and Multi Millionaires, BN Ministers and MPs, Ketua Bahagian and Ketua Cawangan such as Jamal Jamban, Annuar Musa, Ismail Sabri, and keep them in the Ritz Carlton or Shang-ri-la under house arrest. Then let them make a deal with the government. Declare their wealth and how they acquired the wealth. Surrender their ill gotten wealth in exchange for their freedom. Bet you it will quickly fill up the Tabung Harapan or Malaysian Treasury.

    Imagine the raba raba JJ had accumulated RM 2.2 billion, wonder how much the other former Ministers, Menteri Besar and UMNO warlords have accumulated. I’m dreaming since PH government don’t have the guts to implement such harsh measures since it may implicate some of them including the PM.
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    Semper Fi,

    While I was pleased the Malaysian voters threw out the Najib regime last May, I did not expect much from the New Malaysia government. This is because I have come to believe that politicians are the same everywhere. They use manifestos to get elected. Once they are in power, they forget their pledges. Voters are born suckers for believing them. If Rabba JJ can amass RM2.0 plus billion,imagine how much UMNO ministers and party officials have taken from the kitty over the years. I suspect much of our oil revenues have disappeared to feed them. Still the Malays have not learned. They rather blame the Chinese, in stead of holding their leaders to account. See what 500 ringgit in BR1M money can do to him.He thinks Kerajaan UMNO prihatin. –Din Merican

  2. “I envisage a more tolerant Muslim society. A society that is able to celebrate diversity and the differing thoughts and opinions. The ability to be able to respect the others of their beliefs; of their cultures, and their life styles” – Dr. A Farouk Musa

    We have been without doctrinair religious conflicts for many long years. May we be blessed to continue this cherished co-exsistence in peace and tranquility.

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