Sunday, 16 September 2012

What I Think About Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)

Assalamualaikum and hello to all my readers,

Well today will be my first time posting a REAL post on my blog (sebelum ni asyik copy paste jee hahaa :P ). To me, this is a good way to actually improve your writing skills. It doesn't matter if its in English or in Malay, as long as there is an improvement it is definitely more than okay! Today I would like to write what I think about the latest "hot topic" out there which is the LGBT case. Apparently a few days ago the Malaysian Ministry of Education came out with a list "Guidelines to identify gays and lesbians". I've searched on google but I can't seem to find any photo of that list from the Ministry itself, instead the most popular photo with the highest SEO apparently seems to be this photo from malaysiakini.



Malaysiakini is a Malaysian opposition prone website. Well known with spreading negative stories about the Government and sorry to say, to them (the opposition) everything that the BN Government does will definitely be wrong and they will say that they have the best and rightful solution. To me that is ridiculous, I mean I know the BN Government is very very shitty at times but they also have made decisions which resulted well. For example, when our former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir wanted to build Putrajaya, everyone said he was crazy but look at what Putrajaya is today. Even the opposition wants to get hold of Putrajaya. Well who wouldn't want to have an office in a world class and high tech city like Putrajaya right hahaa. So back to what I was telling you, so yeaa can we really trust Malaysiakini on this one? Knowing the fact that they have always been biased all these while. Well I will leave that for you decide. 

Today 15th of September 2012, Dr Puad Zakarshi who is the Deputy Education Minister has made a statement that The Ministry of Education never endorsed such guidelines to be published and circulated in schools throughout the country. The list was actually done in a seminar in Penang which was conducted by a concerned NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) but nonetheless, he said that the ministry views cases of social ills and will give guidance directly and indirectly to all school children to ensure that they stay away from unhealthy activities. Disagreeing with me already? Well let me explain why I agree that we should and must strongly oppose LGBT and protect our future Malaysians. 

Everyone knows that Malaysia is an Islamic country therefore it is only fair to have our laws based on Islam. According to Islam, sodomy and homosexuality is against the law. A hadith related by Hadrat Anas says that Prophet Muhammad SAW observed: "When the following five EVILS shall creep into my Ummah, it will then be destroyed. 1) Invoking curses on one another. 2) Use of liquor on a large scale. 3) Wearing of silken clothes. 4) When man shall engage in sexual intercourse with males, and lastly 5) When women shall engage in sexual acts with other females, i.e. SODOMY and HOMOSEXUALITY." So it is clear that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) are all a big sin in Islam. 

In Malaysia we have Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), a political party that fights for Islamic rights. We often here them bringing up the issue of Hudud and question why Hudud is not being practiced in Malaysia. If it is true that the Ministry of Education is going all out to finally stop LGBT then isn't that an act that champions the Islamic law? Yes, you will definitely say "but hey we're not having any sexual relationship so what's the big problem?" Let me give you a situation, why do parents teach their kids to be polite at an early age? And why do parents scold their child when they do not act as what has being taught? It is because parents know that being impolite is a wrong thing to do. The problem is people nowadays do not know that LGBT is WRONG! Some actually realise that it is wrong but they rather choose not to listen. Malaysian Muslims today specifically and the world generally, they love to follow the west, they idolise the west to an extend where they will actually follow every single thing that they see in the west without considering whether it's allowed or it's a sin according to their religion. Islam drops to 2nd place. This is very wrong and unfortunately it has definitely come to an alarming state as Islam has been neglected for quite some time. Now, if PAS truly champions Islam then why do they still keep quite and do not say anything when their friends in Pakatan Rakyat are opposing what the Ministry of Education is doing? Are they really a fighter of Islam or are they just using Islam to gain political mileage? Nau'zubillahi min zalik (May Allah protect us from that harm), I will not comment further on that because I prefer not to touch too much on politics.

My point here is that I honestly think that something along this line in necessary in Malaysia. After all, Islam clearly states that LGBT is wrong in Islam therefore as an Islamic country we should and in fact must say no as well! I have a feeling that the niat is good but somehow the implementation is kinda loose here and there. Maybe what they need is to have a proper meeting and conference to correctly execute this in the best way for all Malaysians. There is no point in doing something when your implementation is haywire eventhough your niat is good. I know for a fact that the BN Gov is not thaaaat Islamic but hey if they're starting to change and are trying to slowly bring more Islam into their daily life then why not? I am proud to say that I am a Muslim and as a Muslim, I will definitely support anything or anyone who champions my religion. To me, unity is important but nothing can be more important than your religion. Without religion, humans are nothing. Well, this is what I think. Some may agree and some may not. We can't please everyone right? So yeeaaa, let me know if you do not think likewise then maybe we can have a healthy discussion. It's good to get the brain cells cracking once in a while haha. Everything good comes from Allah and any mistake comes from myself. Till then, wassalamualaikum and have a good day (:

P/S: Selamat Hari Malaysia!!




6 comments:

  1. Dear Shafique. Thank very much for sharing your thoughts on LGBT but I am afraid that your argument are lack of a balanced support and are skewed. If I may offer my rebuttals on both facts and opinions, which could further improve your thought process and writing skills. I share spare you from the non-LGBT related bit, IE putrajaya or Malaysiakini bashing because I kind of concur with your point about the biased stand Msiakini takes in their reporting.


    Correction of Fact

    You said

    “Today 15th of September 2012, Dr Puad Zakarshi who is the Deputy Education Minister has made a statement that The Ministry of Education never endorsed such guidelines to be published and circulated in schools throughout the country. The list was actually done in a seminar in Penang which was conducted by a concerned NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) but nonetheless, he said that the ministry views cases of social ills and will give guidance directly and indirectly to all school children to ensure that they stay away from unhealthy activities. Disagreeing with me already? …”


    Yes. I must say, your facts stated are wrongly quoted and your research has not portray the minimal requirement of diligence.

    The sequence of events started with Dr Puad Zakarshi attended one of the roadshows which discussed about the symptoms of being Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender. The word “endorse” is very much implied when a deputy Minister is speaking of his capacity as such. This is a statement which could be vicariously linked back to the government, as reflected by the doctrine of “ministerial accountability”, a concept that is deeply rooted in our legal system.

    Correction 1
    This news article was published by SIN CHEW daily, and Malaysiakini reported that it was merely “Quoting” it from Sin Chew Daily. I read through the article in Sin Chew and it was presented fairly in an ethical manner. So your accusation that Malaysiakini is the only site publishing it is misleading.

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  2. Corretion 2
    Dr Puad Zakarshi DID NOT denies that MOE never endorses such guideline. The denial was issued by the Ministry of Education in it’s official facebook page, and it’s not issued by Dr Puad Zakarshi as you claimed. So your line of “Deputy Education Minister has made a statement that The Ministry of Education never endorsed” is wrong and misleading. Fact is Deputy Minister did endorse it, but such endorsement was “denied” by the ministry (Not Dr Puad as you have stated). You should make a clarification on this.

    You said



    “Everyone knows that Malaysia is an Islamic country therefore it is only fair to have our laws based on Islam. “

    This is a very ignorant statement which grossly undermine the rights of non-muslim in this country. You assertion of “fair to have our laws based on Islam” is in fact very much flawed. There are many aspects of law governing the country and I do agree that Sharia, or God’s guidance in Islam should be reflected in the legal system. But bear in mind that the most supreme law, IE the constitution did not say that our law should be based on Islam-in-totality. There is a parallel jurisdictional legal system running in our country, both taking care of the Islamic sharia governing the muslim, and civil law governing the Buddhist, hindus, Christians, Iban natives religion, kadazan natives religion, Sikts whatnot. It is only ‘FAIR” that we honour the constitution as per the intention of our founding fathers, and not based on your skewed perception that it should be based on Islam-in-totality as your words might have reflected. You should have caveat otherwise if you did not meant that the law should be based on Islam-in-totality because your wordings suggested so.

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  3. You said

    “According to Islam, sodomy and homosexuality is against the law. “

    May I remind you that a law is different from a ‘teaching’. A “teaching” can be enacted and transformed into “law” hence become binding, but before it goes through to process of enactment into law, it is never binding and can never be said that it is “LAW”. The foundation of this very country is based on the Supreme Constitution, not Islam. You have to rephrase, and I would concur, that “according to Islam, sodomy and homosexuality is against the “teaching”. Bear in mind that Islamic law are not law-in-totality in malaysia.


    For your quote

    “A hadith related by Hadrat Anas says that Prophet Muhammad SAW observed: "When the following five EVILS shall creep into my Ummah, it will then be destroyed. 1) Invoking curses on one another. 2) Use of liquor on a large scale. 3) Wearing of silken clothes. 4) When man shall engage in sexual intercourse with males, and lastly 5) When women shall engage in sexual acts with other females, i.e. SODOMY and HOMOSEXUALITY." So it is clear that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) are all a big sin in Islam.

    I shall not comment any further on this due to lack of knowledge but bear in mind that there are thousands of Hadiths and as per many Islamic scholars, the adaptation of Hadiths are subject to heavy evaluations.

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  4. You said

    “Yes, you will definitely say "but hey we're not having any sexual relationship so what's the big problem?" Let me give you a situation, why do parents teach their kids to be polite at an early age? And why do parents scold their child when they do not act as what has being taught? It is because parents know that being impolite is a wrong thing to do. The problem is people nowadays do not know that LGBT is WRONG! “

    May I remind you again that if you are basing your whole argument of law, fairness, right, wrong solely based on a biased verse of your own religion and disregarded all the philosophical and medical evidence, your view are to be discounted and does not make any impact in supporting your allegations at all. You said LGBT is wrong and the only source you quote is a hadith verse. This is very superficial and shallow. Medical evidences have shown beyond doubts that LGBT were born to become such and the term homosexuality has been removed by the world psychiatric councils in the 1980s as a “sickness” or “choice”. The underlying principle governing the case, is that LGBT has no choice. Your presumption of “LGBT” has choice without any valid medical, scientific, empirical or evidential supports is very much regreted.



    You said “
    My point here is that I honestly think that something along this line in necessary in Malaysia. After all, Islam clearly states that LGBT is wrong in Islam therefore as an Islamic country we should and in fact must say no as well! I have a feeling that the niat is good but somehow the implementation is kinda loose here and there. Maybe what they need is to have a proper meeting and conference to correctly execute this in the best way for all Malaysians”
    Again, may I remind you that Malaysia is not an Islamic country per se. the feature of an Islamic country , as you can see in almost all Islamic countries, are that all their citizens MUST BE Muslim. People refers Turkey as Islamic country too but they are in fact a constitutionally “secular” country. The verse referring to Malaysia’s Islamic status, can be found in the constitution, saying that the official religion of Malaysia is Islam but just like our Official language is Bahasa Malaysia, it doesn’t mean that Bahasa Malaysia is the only language that we can speak. In fact, it’s spoken the least in official capacity compared to English.

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  5. you talked about Proper Meeting and Conference to execute What? Every country that has proper meeting and conference to discuss on LGBT, will eventually conclude that it’s not wrong, and it’s not a choice, and it must be respect. Are you suggesting that based on your religion, in particular a verse in a hadith, you are going to skip the whole discussion on LGBT’s legitimacy, and straightaway jump to a conference to identify them and ignorantly telling them that they are wrong? This is must distasteful and your ignorance on the plight and sufferage of LGBT persecution is most regreted.

    To comment on whether to IMPOSE something on another person who is not yourself, you first need to properly evaluate the legitimacy of them doing their own things behind their door. LGBT are peace loving crowds, who embraces love and are harmless to the society. To single handly destroy their lifelihood by ignorantly forcing your religion-skewed ideology to defy their own way of life is most inhumane. I strongly disagree with your ill-funded argument to persecute LGBT without first understanding what LGBT is. You should read more on LGBT, on every aspects, and get involve in the Pink Triangle foundation to understand more before you start to comment on how persecute and skrew their life.

    Anyway, Happy Malaysia Day.

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