Selamat Hari Raya

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Maaf zahir dan batin to all readers.

Zahir refers to the outer, material or physical or what is apparent whereas batin refers to the inner, spiritual or what is not so apparent. So “maaf zahir dan batin” refers to seeking forgiveness for both these kinds of transgressions. After all these years, I only learned that from a Muslim friend yesterday.

May the peace, goodwill, compassion, love, justice, unity and the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation among us this Raya prevail over those promoting hatred, illwill and divisiveness.

For your reading pleasure this weekend, check out these two articles:

Ramadhan reflections on 1MDB, sarongs and the Low Yat brawl by Zaharom Nain, published by Aliran.

In Malaysian politics, keep calm and amok on! by Sophie Lemiere, originally published by New Mandala. This piece discusses Pekida among other things.

By the way, do you know there is a right-wing group called Pegida in Germany?! But quite the opposite of what Pekida stands for. Strange and fascinating world we live in.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Far from being mere yes-men as alleged by an Utusan Malaysia columnist recently, the Malays who join DAP do not believe in self-entitlement but instead accept its culture built on merit, a Malay DAP federal lawmaker said. These Malays are also academically accomplished and thick-skinned enough to endure and share the ideals of the party’s politics and “don’t expect a 30% discount on anything”, Raub MP Datuk Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz told The Malaysian Insider.

    Businesswoman Young Syefura Othman, 26, who joined the party a year ago, said DAP fits the bill for her in terms of being a party that champions justice and the rights of the people.

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malays-say-they-join-dap-for-its-struggle-not-for-power#sthash.Aaj9JwJw.dpuf

     
  2. We should start to build a civil society that uphold the rule of law. Speaking of forgiveness, wemust discard the idea that crime committed by our own race is more forgivable than the same crime committed by other race, or the theft can only be apprehended by his or her own race otherwise is deemed victimization or racial bullying. The country will go to the drain if we still think that only race-based political parties can protect our interests.

     
  3. Awang Selamat of Utusan wanted those who bashed the suspect who stole a mobile phone that led to the Low Yat Plaza brawl to be prosecuted to avoid “anxiety among Malay grassroots”.

    What exactly is the anxiety among the malay grassroot? Another form of Malay Dilemma?

     

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