'Muslims only' apartheid policy creeping in?
ADUN SPEAKS | At one extreme, the "Muslim only" laundrette in Muar, Johor, is nothing but plain stupidity and a matter for a good laugh.
However, at the other extreme, it is something that worries Malaysians because of its extreme and intolerant nature.
I might have disagreed and criticised the Perlis mufti for his blind support of Zakir Naik, the Muslim preacher from Mumbai, some time back. Now, however, I am in agreement with Asri (photo) for his rational argument against limiting the laundrette to only Muslims.
Asri is right in saying that you cannot have such artificial and harmful divisions in a multi-racial and multi-religious society like Malaysia. If a handful of Muslim extremists get away with such an apartheid policy, then there is no stopping of what others will do in the near future.
The entire democratic and free world condemned the practice of apartheid in South Africa, years back, including Malaysia, but now we witness a system of apartheid being introduced in the name of religion.
If such practices are not stopped, then there is a possibility further divisions will be created between Muslims and non-Muslims in the country. You might have some "insane" person coming up with an idea for a separate currency, separate bathrooms and other divisions in the near future...