Everyone in Malaysia is now seems to be talking about these two names - Alvin & Vivian. They have become an instant household name among any Malaysian Facebookers you met. Even the makcik at my apartment keeps on talking about the couple.
Yes, undeniably they have messed up the religious emotion switch of our Malay brothers and sisters during this auspicious month of Ramadan. I truly do not agree, as any other multiracial Malaysians would, with what the Alvivi couple (Alvin & Vivian) have done when they decided to post their Selamat Berbuka Puasa photo with a ‘bak kut teh’ dish and as well as the halal logo.
I am sure I would be equally outraged and annoyed if my religion was insulted in that way, if any fellow Malaysians had posted about eating cow meat for Deepavali or any other Indian festivals.
It’s purely logical that we Malaysians might be strongly integrated (although we still have racism overall in Malaysia) and proudly utter that we are 1Malaysia and associated with other common unity phrases, but deep within ourselves, we are very much attached and glued to our very own religios and religious beliefs. I call this “emotional religious freak” in my very own words.
I am very happy to see that the Malaysian government has been swift in taking action against the Alvivi couple over their remarks. I was astonished at the public statements issued by some politicians that stern action should taken against this couple over their brainless deed. I guess there was even a politician from Sabah who claimed that this Alvivi couple was associated with DAP and that they are being funded by this political party.
Well, the whole point for me to write this article today is to ask the same old Malaysian government which is taking such drastic action against this Alvivi couple on what measures or even a single legal step that has been taken against Shah Kirit who insulted my religion? We have proof via YouTube of what he had spoken about Indians and our religion during a talk.
I don`t see any politician coming out with statements to further force the Malaysian authorities to ensure that Shah Kirit is made to face legal implications for his dim-witted comment on the religion of the Indians? Why there is a double standard on such incident?
I am not being racist here but I just do not get the logic of letting Shah Kirit go free when he distressed the religious emotions of Malaysia's third largest community, the Indians. Where are the ministers and politicians of the Malaysian government?
Are gov't position more important?
I wonder if for these politicians, the government positions were far more important compared to someone who has zero knowledge about Indian religion insulting it to the utmost limit. Where are the “so called vocal” nine Indian political parties from the ruling government and the remaining Indian-based parties from the opposition political parties?
If this was the only case that happened in Malaysia regarding our Indian religion, I would have just kept quiet and assumed that the Malaysian government was busy “tackling” other issues rather than this petty issue, but yet the cradle has been rocked again by more people issuing sensitive statement about Indian religion in Malaysia, namely Ridhuan Tee Abdullah and Zulkifli Noordin.
Again, no legal action nor warning by any leading Indian political leaders in this country was taken against the duo. This against proves that the 1Malaysia slogan is only pure lip service even though it has been lauded and spoken increasingly of by our prime minister.
I would like to challenge and dare the current Malaysian home minister to take similar action to that taken against the Alvivi couple towards Shah Kirit, Ridhuan Tee Abdullah and Zulkifli Noordin for their remarks and statements about Indian religion which has deeply troubled the Indians and their religious sentiments.
Will my voice among fellow Indian Malaysians be made to be heard by the prime minister of Malaysia or will I be accused of becoming rebellious and posing a national threat to the Malaysian government for expressing my views.
Let`s keep our fingers crossed!