Kimma Wanita head Fatimah Zainuddin wants action taken over Facebook insults -
Political discourse in Malaysiahas for too long hinged on issues like race and religion The Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (Kimma) wants the Home Ministry to take legal action against an individual who made disparaging remarks about the community and the organisation on the social networking site, Facebook.Hope the Majority understand, where is the country, race and religion heading too.
Kimma Youth chief Harisrajudin Alaudin along with Kimma Wanita head Fatimah Zainuddin and Kimma Puteri head Rohaini Syed Ibrahim handed over a memorandum to a representative of the ministry today.
In the memorandum, Kimma president Datuk Seri Syed Ibrahim Kader said the individual who used the name "Rajaretinam Armuggan" made a posting on Facebook on August 25 with the words, "Don't ever trust mamak & KIMMA members. They never claim they Indian or Tamil. They just wanted hak istimewa – sanggup JUAL DIRI dan BANGSA untuk duniawi".
He said the statement indirectly incited Facebook users to hate the Indian Muslim community and Kimma.
Syed Ibrahim said the individual had also posted statements on Facebook deemed to incite hatred against government policies, besides condemning the celebration of the country's independence.
Will reports be lodged over Dr M’s ‘Malays are lazy’?
One moment, he tell the Malays that they are lazy. The next moment, you tell them that they are special as ketuanans. The next moment you tell them that the non-Malays are pendatang and are going to take over the country
Freedom of speech belongs to the 'Rich and the Powerful'.Who will dare?. This man is above all laws and norms and even the extremists will not dare. How sad the situation on our country, the socalled best democracy.Why shoud any Malay get angry with Indian they accepted as a Malay. He himself deep down there doees not consider himself a Malay, he knows he is a Malayalee and so he does have to hold back while he hides behind his pseudo identitiy of a Malay. I personally think he is absolutely right in all these observations of his here and believe me no Malay will stand up they know and they just can't take on someeone the right wingers in UMNO and in Perkasa and the Malay Community as a whole has made a demi god of.Silence from the Muslim Melayu NGOs and to cap it all, together with a Ridhuan Tee, the champion of the Muslim/Melayu race.... means they are in agreement with Tun Mahathir's statement..Malays are a lazy race! Mine!...
At least Dr M is fair. He took a swipe at everybody, including his own community.
and nowwill right-wing Malay groups make a beeline outside police stations to file a battery of reports against former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad? What about the self-appointed defender of the Malays, Ibrahim Ali? What is the Perkasa chief's take on the scathing indictment of his race by the movement's patron? And will Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) chief Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman sound the clarion call? Last but not least, will the identity crisis suffering Ridhuan Tee Abdullah pen a vitriolic response to these "ultra kiasu" comments in his weekly newspaper column? Speaking of Ridhuan, it is often suggested that the 89-year-old former prime minister, too, is afflicted by a similar condition. ..Malaysian Indian Muslims are not happy with the Barisan Nasional again. However the Kimma does not represent the entire Indian Muslim community in Malaysia, WFOL.tv was told.
In the 33rd annual general assembly of the Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (Kimma), its president Syed Ibrahim Kader threatened to withdraw support for the BN, again.
Overall, Syed Ibrahim Kader seems to be struggling to keep Kimma as a relevant component. Fighting tirelessly to become a component member of the BN, the Kimma leadership was told earlier last year that they were better off joining the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) or the People's Progressive Party (PPP).
"We cannot guarantee that the Indian Muslim community will be around to support the BN government forever," said Syed Ibrahim Kader at the assembly at Putrajaya. He claimed the community's efforts for the BN in the by-elections and general elections had not been recognised.
"We don't have a representative in the Senate. It is disappointing that another community, which is much smaller than we are, is in the Senate.
"We do not have a direct channel to air the grouses of the 750,000 Indian Muslims in the country," he said. He wanted the party of 80,000 members to be accepted into the BN after being rejected seven times.
The Kimma's main aim is to enlist the Indian Muslim community as Bumiputera's in Malaysia. This means they will benefit from the 'Bumi' status under the New Economic Plan (NEP) which offers a plethora of facilities to Musilms and non-Muslims listed as Bumi. To achieve this, the Kimma want its members to be allowed to register under the Umno, which the Umno presidents in the past – before the arrival of Najib Tun Razak – rejected on the basis that they were 'Indians' and had to join other BN component parties instead.
This had prompted the Kimma to stage protests (silent and at times through press conferences or by sending out press releases) but to no avail. The Umno remains, until today, adamant in persisting that the Kimma members are 'Indians' and would not be allowed to join the Umno.
On the otherhand, Syed Ibrahim said party leaders had been working tirelessly to remind members not to be enticed by the false promises of Pakatan Rakyat, which he claimed had offered Kimma members positions in their state governments.
Our information is that many of the former Kimma members have taken up some positions within the Party Keadilaan Rakyat (PKR) where they are welcomed. Kimma is said to have 80,000 members but this cannot be verified as many members of the Indian Muslim community contacted by WFOL.tv says they are not members of the Kimma.
Two years ago, there was an attempt by the Kimma to take over the PPP and impose a Muslim leadership within the party. The attempt failed, sources said thus closing the doors temporarily to the Kimma to join the BN, once again.
If you are an Indian, you are a Hindu, whether you know it or don’t know it, whether you like it or don’t like it. Indeed, every Indian you know, wherever that person may live, in this country or abroad, is also a Hindu, no matter what faith system that person professes.
If we are Indian, we are Hindu, and that’s that, no arguments please. That’s what minorities minister Najma Heptullah said, echoing the words recently spoken by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat who said that India was a ‘Hindu nation’. Heptullah’s remark endorses the fact that the BJP is the political wing of the RSS, with its ideological agenda of what is called ‘cultural nationalism’, a euphemism for turning secular and inclusive India into a non-secular, exclusivist Hindu rashtra.
Heptullah, who after decades in the Congress joined the BJP in 2004, later amended her remarks by saying that she had used the word ‘Hindi’ and not ‘Hindu’, a modification unlikely to find favour with non-Hindi speakers. Arabic tradition refers to India as ‘al-Hind’, the word ‘Hind’ said to be derived from the river Indus. So, all those who lived on the farther side of the Indus were described as ‘Hindus’.
By this interpretation, the word Hindu denotes not a religion, or faith system, but a nationality, like American, or German, or Indonesian.
By this token, according to Heptullah and all those who share her views, there was nothing wrong in referring to people as ‘Hindu Muslims’, or ‘Hindu Christians’.
The people so described, however, might hold a different view, and claim as their constitutional right to espouse whatever religion or faith community they freely choose to belong to.
The anxieties of such people have been all the more pronounced in following the BJP’s recent electoral victory in the general elections which has brought the party to power at the Centre. The saffron party’s resounding victory at the polls has led to a reassertion of Hindu right-wing organisations who assail whoever and whatever they feel doesn’t conform to their ideology.
Books are banned because they are allegedly ‘anti-Hinduism’. Christians are ‘reconverted’ to Hinduism, willingly or otherwise. Inter-community marriages between a Muslim man and a Hindu woman are labelled ‘love jihads’, and seen as an Islamic strategy to subvert Hinduism.
This assertion of an overriding Hindu identity as the root of Indian nationalism, however, is fundamentally flawed. And the flaw lies in the very nature of true Hinduism itself.
If there is any central tenet of that eclectic way of life that is called Hinduism is that there is no coercion in it; the idea of conversion is completely alien to it.
This makes what is called Hinduism so distinctly different from other faith systems like Islam and Christianity in which conversion, or proselytism, is an essential part of their credo.
By seeking to impose the Hindu label on others, the proponents of Hindutva are not enlarging the concept of Hinduism but narrowing it and demeaning it. In its broadest sense, Hinduism is beyond categorisation. There are pure vegetarian Hindus, and Hindus who eat beef. There are Hindus who daily visit temples, and Hindus who are avowedly atheist.
The one thing that Hindus, who are true to the core Hinduistic belief in tolerance, are not is that they are not dogmatic. In fact dogma, of any kind, is the antithesis of true Hinduism.
So when individuals or organisations like the RSS dogmatically assert that every Indian is essentially a Hindu, like it or lump it, the true Hindu, who shuns dogmatism, might well paraphrase Groucho Marx who famously said that he wouldn’t belong to any club that would have him as a member.
Like Groucho, the true Hindu might say that he wouldn’t belong to any Hinduism which forced him, and others, to be Hindus against their will.