Holy books, the forbidden word, and cheap food

It has been a few years now — reading newspapers seems to have a similar effect to watching a sitcom. A staple comedy relief for our crushed souls, barely surviving as the prices of goods and essentials skyrocketed. Inflation has almost tripled to 3.2%, a sharp rise from 1.2% in January 2013.

I reckon no one seems to realise this, thanks to JAIS’s spotlight-grabbing raid on the Bible Society of Malaysia, and the confiscation of Bibles printed in Malay (which I reckon JAIS have no use for anyway).

In all seriousness, who in the world would believe that Muslims have such brittle faith that reading the Malay bible — with the name ‘Allah’ substituting the word God — either accidentally or on purpose towards understanding another person’s faith, would make them more likely to convert? Oh, JAIS.

I assume that the English versions of the Bible were untouched during the raid, because the English ones don’t or may not have the forbidden word — or simply because JAIS believes that Malays can’t read English. Burn.

Why can’t they let Christians worship their God in their own words, without regulation or limits from Islamic authorities? Correct me if I’m wrong, we are not Gods, therefore we don’t have a say on who can and who can’t use the word ‘Allah’. Besides, they are also of the Abrahamic faiths, so what was the fuss again?

While our dear Najib Razak explained that he has kept silent on this issue to avoid further fuelling the fire, I think his administration is atrociously weak. His failing to address this very issue has torn the nation apart within just over a month.

Racial and religious tensions spark, and with Molotov cocktails thrown at churches, and cemeteries vandalised and defaced by overly-radical unknown individuals, I’m afraid that we are moving backwards.

It appears that everything is okay as long as it’s done in the name of Islam, even if it means hurting other people’s feelings, and I find that disturbing.

No worries. Kangkung is still cheap. So is satay, assuming Anwar Ibrahim takes over Kajang. While Najib mentioned recently that the Kajang by-election is a waste of money, clearly whoever voted for him felt that it was a waste of their money.

He should spend more time finding a way to regulate prices of goods and essentials.

Better still, Najib and his administration should use their office hours for other important issues which could have done justice to public funds — you know, like stepping down?


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I'm an auditor for a local banking institution, and I'm also a photographer when I'm not at work screaming at people. My portfolio is www.fuadhafis.tumblr.com.

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One Response to Holy books, the forbidden word, and cheap food

  1. Aston Paiva

    Spot on!