Saturday, 5 March 2016

Racist Dato’ Mohd Noor Abdullah’s unity book is a sham

Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen - Maimonides 

This book is a sham! 
I stumbled upon UNPLUGGED - #WillYouStillBeAMalaysianIn10Years? co-authored by controversial and racist retired Court of Appeal Judge Dato’ Mohd Noor Abdullah and his son Datuk Azrin Mohd Noor in MPH Bookstores on Valentine’s Day. The year of the publication stated 2015 but it only hit the shelves earlier this year.

For years, I never hesitate to spend any sum of money to buy any book that I think will widen my knowledge on certain issues and subjects. However, on that day, I hesitated to spend RM49.90 to buy UNPLUGGED - #WillYouStillBeAMalaysianIn10Years?. Yes, it is just RM49.90 or SGD 14. The sum is not even enough to pay for the parking fee at Ngee An City during my monthly book hunt at Kinokuniya Singapore.

I hesitated because part of me insists that I must not support a book by a racist but the other half said that I can’t deny another person the chance to turn over a new leaf. For good or bad, I must read what Dato’ Mohd Noor Abdullah and his son Datuk Azrin Mohd Noor wrote before deciding if UNPLUGGED - #WillYouStillBeAMalaysianIn10Years? is a genuine call for unity or it is not worth the paper it is printed on.

I am disappointed after reading the book and I would say that the book is a sham. A hypocrisy. A lousy attempt to be a moderate by Dato’ Mohd Noor Abdullah after making successions of hurtful remarks towards the Chinese and Indian communities in Malaysia. 

Dato’ Mohd Noor Abdullah had in 2014 said that the the “huge” statues at a Hindu temple in Batu Caves and Buddhist temple in Penang are an affront to Islam as the religion forbids idolatry and that such sculptures of non-Muslim deities should not be built in the open, but should be placed within an enclosed building instead. He is referring to the 42.7-metre high statue of Lord Murugan and the 30.2-metre high statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy at Kek Lok Si Temple. Prior to that, he said that Chinese and Tamil schools should not be allowed in Malaysia and the list goes on. In UNPLUGGED #WillYouStillBeAMalaysianIn10Years?, behind the call for unity, there are racism innuendos inserted in between pages.

On page 76 of UNPLUGGED #WillYouStillBeAMalaysianIn10Years?, Datuk Azrin Mohd Noor wrote that “All of us know that for every action there’s a reaction. So, act responsibly. Let’s think through a situation before we act, and always consider getting a positive outcome instead of the opposite.” Very well said and written, but do you think that calling for the Chinese and Tamil schools not to be allowed in a multi-racial Malaysia is a responsible act? 

Leo Tolstoy in 1897 wrote that the most difficult subject can be explained to the most-slow wilted man if he has not formed any idea of them already but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt. If Tolstoy is right, how can one expect a racist to be a champion of multiracial unity in a short span of time?

After reading what he and his son wrote in In UNPLUGGED #WillYouStillBeAMalaysianIn10Years?, I would like to ask both of them to stop asking fellow Malaysians whether will we still be a Malaysian in 10 years. In return, we would like to ask whether you will head the call of Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to get lost from Malaysia if you do not like the system in Malaysia. I’ve issued the challenge to Dato’ Mohd Noor Abdullah in 2014 to migrate from Malaysia (read here) and today, I am still asking the same – when are you leaving?

Malaysia is a big and beautiful but this place have no room for nation building destroyer and racist from Perkasa, an ultra-Malay organisation that Dato’ Mohd Noor Abdullah and Tun Dr. Mahathir serve as patron. 

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