If pigs could fly… – Aliran

Is there still hope? – VONYAGLOBAL.COM

When the elevators in our hotels are labeled halal or non-halal, we wonder how far we have plunged into a world of absurdity.

Certainly whether an elevator is halal or not is really not critical when we have perhaps irreversibly corrupted the boundaries between what is morally, ethically and spiritually right by ignoring the real issues plaguing our country.

What next? Halal or non-halal separate stairs, air shafts and public toilets? Will we have to wear gloves afterwards, to separate our hands – which touch the food we eat – from turning doorknobs or pressing door keypads? Will there come a time when we may have to consider separating the air we breathe into halal and non-halal air?!

We are at the limit of the absurd! But then, it would seem that in Malaysia even pigs can fly, judging by how we’ve pushed the boundaries between reality and the unbelievably absurd in just the past two months.

Oops! Did I make a mistake? Forgive the reference to pigs – as I now wonder if such idioms are also “haram” in Malaysia. It’s hard to say these days whether even mentioning a “pig” or seeing a picture of a pig is also haram.

As we contemplate this absurd and picky story about haram and non-haram elevators, let us be aware that bigger issues such as corruption, abuse of power and injustice have been glossed over or ignored by the various police squads. religious, including Jakim (Malaysian Department of Islamic Development) and No.

Their views on these larger issues have been anything but clear. Perhaps they have been blindsided by “small” matters like elevators, to find time to tackle the bigger issues of corruption and abuse of power that continue to haunt them.

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By not addressing these issues appropriately, as required by law and the Constitution and the spiritual frameworks of religion, we may have compromised the entire nation. There will be no end to the ripple effects that such oversights could have in the years to come.

I believe that non-Muslims don’t have to be Muslims to know what is morally right or wrong (regardless of what Hadi Awang believes of non-Muslims). All of us, Muslims and non-Muslims, can easily tell you that allowing Najib Razak, a convicted felon, special treatment in prison is morally wrong!

If a big budget of hundreds of thousands of ringgits was allocated to pimp Najib’s “living quarters” in prison – as it is claimed – at the expense of taxpayers, that too would be morally wrong.

When you see a police officer kissing the hand of a man who has stolen billions of public funds, it’s not only disturbing on one level but morally wrong on another.

Every crime needs its punishment. Yet Najib is unable to bear the consequences of his own crimes. No child should ever be raised like this – but this man was, and it’s morally wrong.

Worse, the prison system and hospitals seemed to bend over backwards to accommodate this criminal. Where are the religious guidelines against this by Jakim and other religious bodies? Obviously, for them, elevators are more important.

And when Najib asked to be allowed to “serve” his constituents in Pekan, it was as if a scene from some absurd fictional drama had unfolded. We know Najib’s audacity was recharged by an equally accommodating Speaker of the House.

But of course, we know that can’t happen! We are guided by the law of the land and a moral code of ethics.

The implications are hard to miss when a criminal easily forgets that he is a convicted prisoner. However, he would have remembered if he had been carried to court both handcuffed and dressed in prisoner garb like any other prisoner.

When this has not been done, have we not compromised our values ​​to favor one man among thousands? It’s unfair to other prisoners and it’s morally wrong. But who asks? Certainly not a religious squad on the prowl.

The bottom line is that there must be visible consequences for the crimes, without which there can be an absence of moral learning. If this is how a criminal who stole billions is treated, what are we really saying about our spiritual and moral values?

The profound consequences of ignoring the religious and moral implications of Najib’s guilty verdict will have a spiraling effect on other leaders and potential criminals. It could even be the loss of our national integrity on a macro level.

Najib’s sentencing saw Zahid Hamidi in an incredible frenzy, seemingly to escape the clutches of justice. Now Zahid is pushing for a snap election in a bid to change the government – and possibly the attorney general.

Maybe Zahid sees the erosion of Umno’s popularity. Perhaps he believes that the party forming the government of the day manages to manipulate the administration of justice? Perhaps this could earn him and some other political bigwigs in the “justice group” a get out of jail card?

However, this election rush – when the ringgit plunges, when oil prices plummet and all other prices soar, and when dark clouds are already gathering, warning us of heavy rain and drizzle. floods – is selfish and morally despicable.

Isn’t such selfish thinking bad when those who should eat last think of themselves first? Isn’t it also haram if rulers think they can abuse their powers to manipulate the administration of justice?

I am not a Muslim, but I know that Islam is inherently just and good. He should not be allowed to suffer any manipulation from certain individuals who might be determined to use race and religion to win elections, just to save themselves from jail.

Whether it’s haram or halal, fair or unfair, just or unjust, moral or immoral, wrong or right, I’m sure we can all make a difference. Yet there are those who will turn a blind eye and compromise on what is right to try to save their skins, their race or their religion.

Elections should not be won by polarizing the people. This is the lazy and irresponsible way. Instead, they should be earned on the basis of what is morally and ethically right. It should be based on what needs to be done to ease people’s pain and build stronger, more resilient and cohesive people.

In this context, these religious guidelines on elevators (as absurd as they are) from these Islamic officers can easily be seen as hypocrisy. No amount of halal labels on elevators can ever correct the compromises that have been made to our inherent national moral and ethical values.

AGENDA RAKYAT – Lima perkara utama

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  3. Raikan kerencaman and keterangkuman
  4. Selamatkan demokrasi dan angkatkan keluhuran undang-undang
  5. Lawan rasuah dan kronisme
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