For most of my adult life I have lived abroad longer than I have lived in Malaysia. This is not something to be proud of nor it is something I want to crow to the world – I am just stating a fact. It is so because in my life so far, I come and go as I please. There has never been anything significant in any country that has made me want to settle down for anything longer than four or five years..…until now! Melbourne is now home because all that I want in life is here. And all that I want in life is to live a life of my own choosing. Melbourne is a city that allows me to do as I please because I know nobody here and yet it is the most exciting and alive city that I have ever lived in – London, Sydney and Kuala Lumpur included. Imagine how liberating it is to walk around Melbourne and not know anyone else but the family you love. ……but I digress.
I started this article wanting to have my say about the hypocrisy of Malaysians who shun Western culture because it corrupts Malaysians – especially the young! Huh!
Having lived abroad for so long, I know what western culture entails and being Malaysian, I know what Malaysian culture or more exactly, what Islamic culture in Malaysia is like.
Let me cut to the chase.
There is more prostitution and massage parlors in Kuala Lumpur than in the whole of Sydney, Melbourne and London put together!
There are more extra marital affairs, mistresses kept by sugar daddies, businessmen, politicians and men in high public office in Malaysia than in Sydney, Melbourne and London put together too!
Chaste Malay girls? Yes there are plenty of them around in Malaysia but so are there many unchaste Malay girls running around KL and the other urban areas. All looking for a good time, money and rich husbands – ready to become second, third or fourth trophy wives or mistresses and girlfriend of rich Malays or be kept by expatriates and rich businessman of any nationality - more than Chinese or Indian girls. It grieves me so to see Malays divorce their first wives of many many years with children in tow to marry young trophy wives who will trade their youth and looks for money – lots of money!
Like the proverbial Dato’s - throw a stone and more often than not you will strike a Malay girl whose idea of a good time is having high tea at a Five Star Hotel coffee house and then adjourning with her paramour for the evening to an upstairs room and there continue with her tête-à-tête with a Dato’, a Tan Sri or just anybody with enough money to make it worth her while to do as she is told. A few hours on her back will buy her all that her heart desires!
No I am not saying that Malay girls are loose and lack morals but it would do good if the religious authorities busy themselves with these kind of sexual activities between consenting unmarried Malays (I say consenting because when you have good money to throw after bad girls the girls will invariable consent to any activity that is requested of her). Sultans do it, Ministers do it, KSU’s do it, Generals with any number of Stars do it – even police inspectors do it!
All these going on in a nation where the religious authorities seize corpses of presumed Muslims converts from grieving non-Muslim families to give these people a Muslim burial? Huh they are nothing more than grave robbers!
All this in a nation where a Muslim girl can be caned for drinking liquor but a Malay Minister is appointed envoy to Washington for his raba raba activities?
A nation that thinks it is heroic for religious authorities to raid clubs, hotels and private homes to catch consenting adults committing khalwat? And in doing so have caused the death of people, stripped officials of their positions and even mistakenly arrested happily married couples!
Who cares if footballers are caught fornicating with actresses?
What I care for is when the head of Islam in a state – the Sultan – is caught fornicating with an actress. The Sultan should lead by example! If you want to do moral policing doing it first on our leaders for they, of all people, should desists from doing any of these “evils” that these religious hypocrites are hell bent on preventing from happening.
Malay leaders are the worse offenders of morality. Who can forget Rahim Thambi Chik who raped an underage Malay School girl. Shahidan Kassim who has made Malay girls pregnant while he was MB and also fathered a child out of wedlock with a Thai lady? Our intrepid ex Chief Justice who dared to marry another one in Thailand without asking permission from his first wife and then double dared the Judiciary by tearing the marriage certificate in the mistaken belief that he could hoodwinked the same judiciary that was later to head! Our Washington envoy, Jamaluddin Jarjis and his naughty raba raba moves? The randy Razak Baginda and Altantuya? The Sultan of Selangor and his model “whatever you want to call her” girlfriend? And the Father of that Sultan who married a girl many many years younger – but all done legally of course! And the many stories of Ministers and their kept girlfriends and mistresses? I can go on….but all this morality being bandied about by the religious hypocrites with the tacit agreement of UMNO leaders is just hypocrisy at its worst.
How can Beyonce and any other female entertainers from the western world morally corrupt the Sultan of Selangor and Jamaluddin Jarjis and the other fornicators any more than they are already corrupt morally? How will any skimpy dressed female singer from the western world hold a candle against the dangdut singers and the ‘action’ in the dangduts bars that Muslims hang out at every night of the week? How can going to a concert make the prostitution and the massage parlors along Bukit Bintang any worse than what it is now? Will banning another of these concerts stop corruption and cronyism already rampant in this nation of ours? Or do these fornicators want the people of Malaysia to be shielded from these evil…but aisehman, do let them carry on with their fornicating! Huh!
It is all just show! It is all just a sham to show whoever who is bothered to look that UMNO is a champion of Islamic values even as UMNO leaders are themselves mired in corruption, arrogance, cronyism and rampant sexual hijinks that would put even Lady’s Chatterley lover and Casanova to shame!
Go check the five star hotels with their half day rate room’s rentals - see who are using them? Go check the private mess dotted all over KL! Go see what Malay Actresses and Malay actors are up to! Go see what some religious enforcers are doing with the Malay girls that they have caught in Massage parlors, dangduts bars for khalwat! Do this and you will see the hypocrisy of it all!
I tell you that Islam is not preventing any of the maksiat that is being committed by Muslims in Malaysia. Islam protects them because the lowly religious officials will not go after the big fish. There will go raid a hotel in Jalan Raja Laut but God forbid if they can even think about entering a five start hotel room where they know a Muslim VIP is fornicating with his mistresses.
We do not have that hypocrisy in the western society that I have lived in for most of my adult life. Here consenting adults are free to do what they like in the privacy of their own rooms. Here brothels and massage parlors are licensed. Yes you are shamed if you claim to be a good family man and is caught having an affair behind your wife’s back – because you lied and you can be punished in a civil court if your wife wants a divorce. And if you have sex with an underage person the full fury of the judicial system will be unleashed upon you. Society policies itself on morality and no religious authority – not even Islam – dares to break into a room where consenting adults are doing what comes naturally for all of us – fornicating.
When will it change in Malaysia?
When will we be rid of these religious authorities who tells us what we can and cannot do in the name of Islam?
Not for as long as we have leaders who offends moral and legal edicts with impunity because they can! Time will put all this right because everyday more and more of our people are realizing that the power to change what they do not like rests within themselves. Yes they can ban Beyonce from performing in Malaysia but they can only do so now with accompanying protests from many of us who are people of Malaysia – Muslins and non-Muslims! And every time they do so it is another nail into their coffin…and we have enough nails in reserve to put more nails into the coffin every time they give us a reason to do so.
Until then, hypocrisy will still win the day. Until then UMNO will still rule and the religious authorities will still catch you if you eat in public during Ramadan. They will catch Muslims caught in close proximity with those to whom they are not wed. They will continue to seize corpses of converts from grieving relatives to do (so they claim) Gods work and give these dead Muslims salvation with an Islamic burial. But in truth it is these religious enforcers that need salvation. They live in a world isolated from reality because our leaders wants to use them to give them credibility as Champions of Islams….and as long as these leaders exists so will these religious morality enforcers who are in reality nothing more than paid coolies of these politicians. I rest my case.