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Thursday, June 07, 2007

An Email from a friend regarding the Malays Dilemma

Assalamu'alaikum Sdra Zainol,

It has been quite some time since I last e-mailed you. Just a combination of work and family commitments. I have also recommended your blog to my friends who feel the same way too and have become your regular visitors.

Nevertheless, I have been periodically visiting your blog to keep up with your writings.

I am sure that not only me but a lot of other people especially Muslims feel the same way as you do on the issues you highlight.

The one on your experience in Singapore and your early days in Penang brought back some nostalgic feelings of days gone by.

I was in Penang with the family for holidays last week and had a great time, especially having the Nasi Kandar and Cucur Udang near the Chowrasta Market.

However, it saddens me to see the state of Penang Road and Komtar, once the 'in place to be seen at' has now been deteriorated with dirty vagabonds and beggars.

I could not agree more on your topic about the Malay media depravation.

Not being pessimistic but I do not see things getting any better.

With the plethora of "live" entertainment events, numerous Anugerah (Sri Angkasa, Planet Muzik, TV3, Bintang Popular etc) we (the Malays) seem very happy to emulate or even outclass the Mat Sallehs when it comes to entertainment and living a hedonistic lifestyle.

On a bigger picture, it probably reflects the Malay society in general who have an insatiable appetite in entertainment and gossip.

Those days, if you wanted to see a concert, you would have to go to the city, but nowadays the concerts have invaded our kampongs.

What hope is there when even our kampong brethren now behave in an uncouth manner?

Seeing the Malays today, it saddens me to see that we are heading in the wrong direction.

As proof, I was at a book store quite recently where there were two groups of students, one Malay and one Chinese.

The Malay students were hogging the entertainment magazines, you know the URTV's , Hai etc. while the Chinese students were browsing the Edge, Business Times and Science Today magazines.

The Malays are so engrossed in entertainment which I feel is the "natijah" of our life.

I wish that this was just an aberration, but I have seen this scenario at many other locations.

Even when some of the "celebrities" perform ibadah, they make a story out of it. Think of those who make press releases that they went for umrah, donate to charities etc.

But not all of them are like this, I for one know a well known actor who donates large sums to an orphanage monthly and does not even want the administrators of the orphanage to know.

He just sends the cash through his friends who says that it is from a "Hamba Allah". Perhaps there still is hope.

Anyway, do keep posting the topics and I wish you well in your endeavors in Team Zainking and your Pinyin classes.

I will be e-mailing you from time to time.

Wassalam

Izham

2 comments:

Sagaladoola said...

EXCERPT:
The Malay students were hogging the entertainment magazines, you know the URTV's , Hai etc. while the Chinese students were browsing the Edge, Business Times and Science Today magazines.

COMMENT:
Not all Chinese students are like that. The new generation of Chinese students are starting to get oblivious of their surrounding. A lot of them choosing instant gratification instead.

Malaysians Need to Wake Up.

Regards,
http://sagaladoola.blogspot.com

mahaguru58 said...

Greetings brother,

The writer was giving his own experience and observations.

I too have seen how people are obviously spending too much time and effort in wasteful pursuits such as reading entertainment oriented magazines and wanting to catch up with the latest gossips about singers, artistes and other luminaries whilst neglecting useful knowledge such as science and technology, academic info and other beneficial skills and know how.

Our youth need to be encouraged to spend their time productively instead of loitering at the malls and fast food centres.

Cybercafes are full of school kids who waste their time and pocket money spending hours of precious time on online games.

Are these the kind of future leaders of this country?

Future bleeders, maybe.

We need to look at what the writer shares here and take into consideration that he only means well and just expresses his worries about the nation's populace especially the Malays who are being left to rot in all areas.

Sending a few ex road terrors to skyjump over the North Pole doesn't do justice to the Malays or gloating over a fully sponsored Malay lady to go plant the national flag here and there over the two north most and south most part of the planet.

It is the general populace that the government should care about and not waste millions of precious ringgits to achieve a record in this and that.

Malays by tradition have always been attracted to hedonistic pursuits and today, they are almost at the stage where anything goes for them as long as they can enjoy themselves to the max without giving a damn as to the consequences now and in the future.

We who are able to write and express our views here must not forget the main principle of enjoining good and forbidding evil which God Almighty commands us to do. Hence the publishing of the email which I am happy to have received from a fellow Malaysian and a Muslim brother as well.

I am sure that our fellow Malaysians from all other faiths will not deny the reality that this email contains.

If we want to nitpick and just zoom on to this and that ethnicity and look for their faults, I guarantee you and all who read this that we will find a thousand and one faults which we can castigate anybody with.

On the positive aspect of it, if we were to look for the plus points in anyone and anything, chances are we might find them too.

Just sharing my views about it.

Thanks for your thoughts bro.

Keep up your blogging. I love to see the consistency in you. :)

Take care and have a nice day.