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The Unity and Diversity Conference as I reflected… (By Krishnan S)

It was an educational journey into the tribulations and the complexities of our contemporary society, in particular the Muslim Ummah. I was glad to learn especially that in Islam there is a place for minority communities ie: the treaty of Medina.

I learnt that Islamaphobia is real and that the ummah has to take responsibility by looking at the causes from within…meaning one should look at oneself. I was thrilled by the quest for peace and harmony in the midst of adversities that are prevalent in all communities across the globe. The speakers spoke from their hearts and here are few key words that impacted me.

“We cannot sit and wait for
a miracle to happen. Let us aim for practical unity – its an explicit goal – All human beings are equal – no superiority, no inferiority, no racism and no classism”.

“Let us look for the factors that unite us. We can disagree with respect”.

“Lets embrace both the revealed knowledge and the scientific and secular knowledge as well”.

“Before you criticize others you will need to look at yourself. Looking within is the key”.

“We need to eliminate all forms of HATE”.

“We send our children to school to be better in English, better in science, better in maths – can we also teach our children to be better human beings: To love, to have compassion, to have kindness and understanding towards all people”.

“To the organizers of this event, I would like to say WELL DONE and thank you for your desire to bring peace and unity amongst all on this one planet that is our HOME.

Krishnan S

International Unity in Diversity Conference 2020

Introducing the *International Unity in Diversity Conference 2020*

The world has transformed significantly over the last 10 years, rapidly changing the way we live and interact with one another. The Muslim Ummah now stands at many crossroads and to meet these challenges as well as those that lie ahead requires a serious discussion on how to drive the Ummah forward into the future.

As we walk into a new decade, The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Muslims Professional Forum (MPF) and Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) invite you to participate in this conversation alongside a panel of eminent speakers:
– Dato’ SeriAnwar Ibrahim
– Dr. Yasir Qadhi
– YB Nurul Izzah Anwar
– Sheikh Omar Suleiman
– Sheikh Nuruddin Lemu

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*Lunch included. Limited Seats*

Clearing The Air On Anti-Semitism

24 January 2019

Austrian Chancellor, Sebastion Kurz raised concerns about anti-Semitism in his meeting in Vienna with Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Bearing in mind the horrific culmination of European anti-Semitism during the Second World War, we emphatise his legitimate fears of anti-Semitism rearing its ugly head anywhere.

However, we would like to point out that anti-Semitism is a phenomenon peculiar to Europe and other western societies but not to Asia.

The anti-Israel movement in Malaysia, of which Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Malaysia (BDS Malaysia) is a part, is not in any way anti-Semitic.

Just like the Austrian chancellor, we abhor all forms of anti-Semitism and do not wish to be associated with any of them.

We have no problems whatsoever with anyone of Jewish origins or, for that matter, any ethnicity. One’s ethnicity is no more and no less an accident of birth.

But we do have problems with Zionists whether they are Jews or non-Jews because of Zionist Israel’s unrelenting persecution of the Palestinian people over the past seven decades.

The barring of Israelis from our country cannot be interpreted as a form of anti-Semitism. We do it because we do not want to be exploited by the Zionist propaganda machine as an example of a Muslim-majority country which accepts and tolerates the Israeli oppression of the Palestinians people. Our boycott of Israel  continues because of this and because of our support for the Palestinian cause.

We have never been anti-Jewish at any level. Jews who are vocal critics of Israel such as Miko Peled, Dr Peter Slezak, Ms Anna Baltzer and the leader of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Ms Zohar Regev have all visited Malaysia. In fact, Miko Peled’s visit was hosted by Dr Mahathir himself. So much for Dr Mahathir’s anti-Semitism.

We would respectfully direct Chancellor Kurz’s attention to the following concerns:
1. Having declared Austria to be a friend and partner of Israel, is that an endorsement or moral support for the Apartheid policies of the Israeli government against Palestinians? If it is not, Austria should speak up and publicly object to those policies. What are friends for if they do not point out the error of one’s way? If it is, then Austria is in no position to lecture others about the racist nature of anti-Semitism.

2. The Israeli government for self-serving reasons is in the habit of branding all criticisms of its actions and policies as anti-Semitic. While an anti-Semite correctly means a person who does not like Jews, it is now becoming to mean a person whom the Israeli government dislikes. Such is the ease it uses that accusation against its critics. Chancellor Kurz should be concerned that in his opposition to anti-Semitism he does not become an unwitting party to such dishonest attempts to stifle free speech and legitimate criticisms of Israeli actions.

3. The Israeli government claims to speak and act in the name of all Jews in the world, despite clear evidence that it does not. This deliberate conflation of ‘Jew’ and ‘Israeli’, especially involving Israeli actions which are clear violations of the human rights of Palestinians, plays no small part in fueling anti-Semitism. Rising anti-Semitism suits the Israeli government since it leads to higher Jewish emigration to Israel. They even have the audacity to demand $250 billion from 8 Arab countries for the emigration of Jewish people since the birth of Israel in 1948.

Lisa Kokin in her artwork for the Jewish Alliance Against Zionism, 1978, sums it well: “Being Jewish is NOT the same as being Zionist. Our own history of persecution as Jews helps us to understand the struggle of the Palestinians to determine their own destiny”

Prof Dr Nazari Ismail



Reflections about the ICERD rally

Whilst some of us may not agree with the motives of the recently concluded Dataran Merdeka demonstration, most would agree that it was in no small way an unqualified success for the organisers, as much as it was for the fledgling democracy of Malaysia Baru.

It proved to all and sundry, that the Malaysian rakyat, given the freedom and space by the authorities, can manage to voice out their socio-political grievances in a civil fashion, without causing violence and threatening our national peace.

The harbingers of doom and gloom, those who subscribe to the idea that public expressions of dissatisfaction and opposition will only result in civil disorder and mayhem were proven wrong in more ways than one.

During our student days in the 70s, we demonstrated peacefully in the very heart of the streets of London, without any untoward incidents and dreamt the day when we could do similarly on our home ground.

On the contrary, during the BN heydays, anyone daring to protest would first face a hostile and rabid mass media determined to whip up negative public sentiments against the likes of BERSIH et al. And prior to the event, there were arbitrary road closures, interrupted train services and closed LRT stations. And during the demonstrations, armies of FRU personnel and their beastly demeanour, rows of police trucks, water cannons, CS gas and a baton strike or two await the intrepid demonstrator.

And if you are unlucky to be caught, a spell in the police lock up and a maiden appearance in the law courts.

Therefore Kudos to the PH government and the national security agencies for their show of goodwill, patience and tolerance which made the Dataran Merdeka demonstration a showcase of a living and vibrant democracy unlike the violent street protests prevalent elsewhere in the world.

They stuck to their words to allow an opposition party mooted national protest cum celebration of anti-ICERD. No threats were issued on national television to discourage the public from joining the protest. There were no roadblocks to hamper the demonstrators from gathering at the historically cordoned Dataran Merdeka. LRT stations were operating normal hours.  There were no planted agent provocateurs to instigate hostilities and violence. The press and TV media teams were allowed a free hand to cover the events without any collusion from the powers that be.

The half million strong demonstration (or 50,000 participants depending upon who was doing the counting) actually turned out to be quite an anti-climax. Unlike BERSIH demos, where the tension and morbid fear of violence was all pervasive, demonstration 812 turned out to be more like a fun and festive occasion.

Malaysians can now hold our heads high and march peacefully in the heart of KL like in London, New York, but we are not sure about Paris though!

We Malaysians might teach the world a thing or two about what the spirit of democracy entails, especially so to our close ASEAN neighbours.

Ironically, the recently ousted leaders of UMNO (and its newly found bed partner and strongest ally) were the biggest benefactors of this new enlightened policies of freedom of thought, expression and movement.

After years of suppressing demonstrations with brute force, they now whole heartedly embrace these “jalan raya” politics and despite facing a slew of corruption, misdemeanours  and criminal charges in court, they unashamedly joined in the procession proclaiming their love for Islam, the Malay race and the Rulers and vowing to protect them. Humbug!

After years of pilfering the national coffers to the brink of bankruptcy, these guys are now claiming sole guardianship of the Malays and Islam.

The most derisory scene typifying the fall from grace were the images of the leaders of UMNO and its partners sitting meekly on chairs placed on top of a small pasar malam lorry. How the mighty have fallen.

And what did the BN and PAS leadership and followers do with this newly found freedom? They prayed to God to cut short the tenure of the enlightened PH government. Ingrate behaviour indeed!

Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin

MPF Board Member


Prof Dr Awaluddin Mohamed Shaharoun

University Technology Malaysia


24 Nov 2018

The 10 year old clip featuring Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Unity) Senator P Waytha Moorthy has been hogging the news in the mainstream, alternative media and more so in social media.

The recent expose by R.AGE, we hope would give our fellow Malaysians some understanding and grasp of the historical and current issues afflicting the Indian Bottom 40 (IB40) community.

Compared to the national average, the school dropout, unemployment and crime rates are higher among the IB40 community. Anybody who has stayed near a rubber estate or with an Indian community will know how bad their living conditions are.

It is therefore not too difficult to understand the frustrations of the Indian community who have been long neglected by their own leaders and the lack of political will to improve their socio-economic status. Instead, they were used only to win their votes by cash handouts but only to be forgotten until the next election

We may not agree with the politics of Waytha but surely we can understand why the Indian community sorely needed a much more vocal, aggressive and extrovert exponent to champion their rights and to highlight their predicament and deprivation.

How different are the historical nuances of Waytha from the current display of racial zealotry by UMNO-PAS-right wing Malay NGOs against Icerd which they have mistakenly surmised as abrogating their Malay rights?

And it is these same racist goons who are calling for the expulsion of Waytha from the cabinet. Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the racist of them all?

Maybe we should first ask Hadi Awang to seek the nations’ forgiveness on his Amanat which labeled our Federal Constitution as “… mengekalkan perlembagaan penjajah, mengekalkan peraturan kafir, mengekalkan peraturan jahiliyah … dan kerana kita berjuang dengan puak-puak ini, kalau kita mati kerana berlawan ini, mati kita ialah mati shahid …” which among others were the triggers for the Memali flashpoint, before asking Waytha to do so, whose actions by the way did not tantamount to any national crisis or loss of lives.

Mahathir shamed Anwar, jailed him and subjected him and his family to unimaginable ill treatment. Yet we voted for him and now put all our hopes for the future of Malaysia on his lap.

We may not want to forget Waytha’s, Hadi’s or Mahathir’s past but we are willing to forgive them. Let bygones be bygones. Let go of the past, let’s move on but be mindful of the present and plan for the future.

Like an accomplished and master clinician, Mahathir has been spot on with his diagnosis of the national woes and surgically cut and dry with his medication of the national ills … OK apart from the third car project.

So guys, trust the old sly fox, a politician par excellence to select Waytha without hesitation, to shoulder the Unity portfolio under his watch. It would be naïve to even suggest that Mahathir was oblivious of Waytha’s political track record.

Guys! Give Tun a break and let him appoint those who will assist him to reformat and jump-start the policies of the country and to lend a phrase from POTUS (we never though we would ever quote him), to make Malaysia great again. To make Malaysia once again, a roaring yet compassionate tiger.

As the leader of a multi-party coalition, Tun needs to reach out to all segments of the society, of which the Indians form a small but significant minority. Waytha’s Hindraf fully supported PH during the 14th General Elections, so in a manner of political speaking, its payback time for Hindraf.

In the New Malaysia, Tun needs leaders who truly care for their respective communities, a trait which Waytha embraced and displayed with utmost passion.

Although we detest all the noise and ruckus the rakyat and the opposition have confronted this new fledgling government with, we all accept and recognise this as a healthy sign of a thriving democracy.

If Waytha creates undue problems, it will frustrate the rakyat, and who will agitate. We know it and he knows it. Transform, perform and conform or the rakyat will boot you out.

Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin
MPF Board Member

Prof Dr Awaluddin Mohamed Shaharoun
University Technology Malaysia


22 November 2018

Upon contemplating writing on the sizzling hot International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) issue, we felt trapped in a Catch 22 impasse – damned if we do and damned if we don’t

One of us had to actually derive inspiration from proximity to the mosque of the Prophet in Masjid Nabawi, at Madinah.

To the liberals, human rights activists and civil societies, allow us to reiterate that the ratification of the ICERD is a no brainer.

But, to the many “Ketuanan Melayu” protagonists out there, the ICERD is a blatant declaration of open war. No amount of evidence-based law is going to convince them otherwise. Let alone rationale or common sense because the ICERD is to them a whole load of non-sense, a total disrespect and repudiation of their “inalienable bumiputra rights”

And for the liberals et al to expect a swift transformation of this “supremacist Malay mindset” indoctrinated over 61 years of toxic racial and religious BN politics, is naivety at best.

It is only kurang ajar in the sense that the lack of adab (decorum) is a learned behavior from an ambience of racial and religious bigotry, which now requires radical behavior modification (for want of a better psychiatric terminology).

This kurang ajarness needs to be unlearned and good behavior needs to be relearned, a time consuming process of educational reform which is doable but not within 6 months post GE14! There is no magical quick fix, the moral compass is screwed and it is not going to point True North over one General Election (GE), nay one generation.

At worst, you liberals et al have handed GE15 to the Malay opposition on a platter. Your impatience for change has proven to be your folly. You probably need reminding that at best, Pakatan Harapan (PH) only commands 20% of the Malay vote.

The UMNO-PAS-like minded racist Malay NGOs coalition, are out on a rampage to parade the ICERD as a blatant affront to the Federal Constitution, a conspiracy to deny the rights of the Malays, rebuff the supremacy of Islam and restrict the rights of the Malay rulers. Do they really care that their basic premise is a whole load of legal bullshit?

The Malay bigots are running amok preying on the basal instincts of the rural and urban Malays, declaring that the new government is against the Malay Agenda and is being manipulated by the Chinese DAP in PH.

You guys in your utter impatience and excitability for a Malaysia Baru, have caused a back lash in the Malay fraternity, which Tun Mahathir and his PH team would now have a tough time mending.

All the good work Tun and his team have done to expose the rampant corruption of the previous government, the trials of the ex-PM and his ministers, the trillion national debt etc have now been pushed to the quiet background.

Kindly give Tun and his team some credit and allow them the space to create the right atmosphere, amongst others enlightening the recalcitrant Malays, before mainstreaming the ICERD polemics.

ICERD has its merits but its ratification cannot be a one size fits all. Each country has its unique historical heritage and special circumstances that must be factored or else it will create disharmony.

Even western countries ratify subject to interpretations and exclusions by their respective parliaments. It is therefore disingenuous to think that we are obliged to swallow it lot, stock and barrel. It is not an either or case scenario. Similarly, our august house can only ratify ICERD within the confines allowed by our Federal Constitution.

The PAS and UMNO goons know this too well too, but they are bent on exploiting the democratic space afforded by the present socio-political governance to stir up trouble, create instability in their efforts to topple the PH.

We all know too well the sandiwara of UMNO-BN politicians but we are less cognisant of the hypocrisy of the “religious” PAS leadership though even more nauseous and dangerous.

Current PAS president, Hadi Awang, in an Utusan Melayu report dated 15 September 1985, then in his capacity as Terengganu State Commissioner, “pledged to abolish Malay rights if PAS came into power”. More specifically, he added that these include “the removal of Malay Reserve Land, National Economic Policy or other policies which only served the Malay interest. PAS promised that all races would be equitably treated” Need we say more?

In this politically explosive and divisive issue, we would appeal to the higher intellectual and emotional wisdom of the majority of peace loving Malaysians to avoid being dragged left, right, centre along parochial racial sentiments.

Trust the vast experience and wisdom of Tun Mahathir, Lim Kit Siang, Anwar Ibrahim and the strategic geniuses of Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Liew Chin Tong et al to navigate us through this acute conundrum and contextualize the why, when and how of the ICERD to the nation at its appropriate hour.

Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin
MPF Board Member

Prof Dr Awaluddin Mohamed Shaharoun
University Technology Malaysia