Malaysiakini Letter

Stop living in denial, Raja Petra

Karamjit Gill  |  Published:  |  Modified:

In literally a no-holds-barred pattern, Raja Petra Kamarudin has dedicated a whole write-up to me , explaining about Islam and it’s way of life.

Islam is a wonderful religion and we are all aware of that. In fact, every religion in the world preaches similar essence with regard to the good life.

Dear Raja Petra, the main reason the opposition went against PAS is because of their insistence with hudud.

In Malaysia, Muslims are not allowed to gamble, drink, eat pork, indulge in rampant sexual activities, borrow or become loan sharks, run massage parlours, own brothels, participate in paedophilia, etc.

When Islamic practices are already being carried on, why insist on going ahead with hudud? While all of the above are also part of Islamic law, pardon me if I am wrong, but hudud also propagates stoning for adultery, lashing for those who fornicate and consume alcohol, and amputation of limbs for thefts.

If you cared to read my article carefully, I mentioned the extremism of amputation and stoning and connected that with ‘mindset of the dinasour era’. I never insulted Islam, as you claim, unless insulting PAS is insulting Islam to you.

If that is the case, then the Umno you strongly support has done it many more times than I did. By the way, this same BN government that you rally your support behind has shunned from taking any action on a paedophile who was jailed in the United Kingdom.

Why not run away to an Islamic nation?

I bet Raja Petra is one of those who “cakap tak serupa bikin”. While he defends PAS and speaks highly about Islamic laws, when he ran from Malaysia he went to the UK. Why didn’t he go to a country that practices exactly what he preaches, such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, etc?

He would have been much more at home in those countries. Why go to a modern developed nation to hide? Maybe because even Raja Petra knows that comfortable life is only attainable in a moderate and progressive nation.

The Holy Quran says that one should seek knowledge, even unto the ends of the Earth. I am definitely sure that the Holy Quran did not just mean knowledge about religion. When Islam was on its ascendancy, it was knowledge, science, and mathematics that were strongly emphasised.

While early Muslims who were great scholars also excelled in science and mathematics, many ulamas in PAS are generally backward in most fields of learning. The early Islamic scholars in civilisation were also true Muslims who had a progressive mindset.

How can you relate PAS to the great successful Islamic civilisations of the past? The majority of Malaysians have, time and time again, rejected PAS. Just after one term, PAS was even booted out of Kedah.

Further, most progressive thinkers in PAS have left and formed Parti Amanah Negara that works hand in hand with DAP. In fact, they are true Muslims who strictly adhere to the laws of Islam. Nevertheless, they still oppose PAS.

When the late Tok Guru Nik Abdul Aziz was alive, he outrightly condemned Umno and its ways. Never once there was a question mark about PAS and its ways. It is only after Nik Aziz’s unfortunate passing away that PAS has gone astray. The paty was never a problem with the opposition before, but is definitely a problem today.

Dear Raja Petra, when I speak about modernisation, I do not just mean the ‘diet’ factor as you have largely spoken about. One can always adhere to the laws of the religion and be moderate in their thinking and action.

While you may insinuate that I sound anti-Islamic, you are nowhere near the truth. Stop living in denial and understand my opinion. If you follow my articles, I speak against anything that I deem unjust. I have even spoken against DAP in the past. In fact, DAP supporters think I am an Umno blogger.

The truth is, I just envision a peaceful, clean, fair, progressive, and modern Malaysia, just as every other Malaysian who chooses to spend the rest of our lives here. We do not sit overseas in a different country, like you, and voice our opinions.

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