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And hold fast , all together, unto the bond with God, and do not draw apart with one another. And remember the blessings which God has bestowed upon you: how when you were enemies, He brought your hearts together, so that through his blessing you became brethren; and [how, when] you were on the brink of a fiery abyss, He saved you from it.

AL IMRAN (103)

O you who have attained to faith! Pay heed unto God, and pay heed unto the Apostle and unto those from among you who have been entrusted with authority; and if you are at variance over any matter, refer it unto God and the Apostle, if you truly believe in God and the Last Day. This is the best [for you], and best in the end.

AN NISA (59)

All believers are but brethren. Hence,[whenever they are at odds,] make peace between your two brethren, and remain conscious of God, so that you might be graced with his mercy.

AL HUJURAT (10)

TIT for TAT

Islam and Christianity, as I’m sure the other faiths, enjoin believers to be concilliatory in our private lives as in nation building. Working together we aspire to and reach greater heights. Resources are used optimally to achieve the most desirable results be it in our physical development or in the realm of our intellectual and spiritual growth.

In a heteregenous society such as ours,  the fundamental aim of nation building  is to bring together  peoples of diverse racio-ethnic and socio-cultural backgrounds to partake of the nation’s bounties in good as well as bad times. United by a common dream and vision they will succeed against all odds.  

“True to the spirit of collaboration and cooperation inherent in Malaysian society these attributes should be shared and commonly pursued as they contribute to the ideals and vision of building a nation of peoples united in its national psyche albeit diverse in its local or regional cultures, minds and personalities. This diversity makes for a richer society where the different sub-groups of peole are integrated into the much bigger Malaysian nationality, and where their individual cultures contribute towards the enrichment of the national heritage.”  

In the tit for tat atmosphere of  current political developments it’s getting harder by the day to believe in this vision. Malaysians are being split right down the middle and views are as diverse as the complex political and constitutional issues that we are embroiled in! There is a convincing argument to support or attack each side’s stand!

Of course one can see this as the maturing of the Malaysian electorate who want their taxpayer’s money’s worth from their elected representatives.

Of course Malaysians are receiving free education  out of all the legal and constitutional argumentations that ensue. Now we look forward to what the “neutral” British Queen’s Counsel is going to say about the Perak impasse!

But what I’m really hoping for most from this political quagmire is the emergence of  solid and substantive political leaders who are not only people with the highest morals and integrity, but who have the wherewithal and the skills to reason at a more intellectual level and to articulate it effectively to the rakyat.

We need the right  leaders to say the right things to calm down the simmering emotions before they boil over into revolt and bloodshed!

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  1. February 25, 2009 at 5:17 am

    This relates also to the discussion of applying Hudud laws in Malaysia. (See the Argumentation Map I developed based on a blogposting by Ween Hamizan)
    It seems to me that certain politicians are using this discussion to position themselves within their own electorate, forgetting the overall effects on Malayan society as a whole.

  2. 2 ninitalk
    February 25, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Hi Zanshin Post! Thank you for visiting! Yes, I agree that argumentations can be ingenious and believable if you take a stand and use the right words and expression to embellish it. If you have the gift of the gab you can sway an audience quite easily.

    Which is what our politicians, MPs and ADUNs are doing – leaving the rakyat utterly confused or revolutionary! They will argue that this is their political/ legal license.

    But some logic can be warped and illogical, and the wrong premise can lead to the wrong conclusions!
    We must make a more thorough study of argumentations!


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