Malaysiakini Opinion

In M’sia, photos need to be added, not subtracted

Nathaniel Tan  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT | Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department for religious affairs Mujahid Yusof Rawa is having the kind of week that will likely characterise his term as a minister.

Once again, he is being berated by both conservatives and progressives for not going far enough for their liking.

I recently wrote that this usually means that the person being criticised is on the right path, and while that is generally true, I suppose it may not be true 100 percent of the time.

In this particular case, I do believe Mujahid’s decision to call for the taking down of the portraits of Nisha Ayub and Pang Khee Teik from Mooreyameen Mohamad’s exhibition in the Georgetown Festival is not the right one.

In keeping with the theme of finding middle ground, commenting on this issue also involves striking a balance.

On the one hand, I think there are enough people who will be expressing outrage, disappointment and anger. This is entirely within their right, but I don’t personally feel a need to add to that.

We of course understand the position that Mujahid is in, and the extreme competing pressures he is facing from multiple quarters. Given his previous, more progressive views, I suppose it’s not surprising that he felt the need to do something to give the impression of “balance”.

On the other hand however, understanding the political logic behind an act does not necessarily make it right....

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