I learned about the two alleged Malaysian terrorists arrested in Lebanon from a Facebook posting of an American friend. He was lamenting why it had to be Malaysians yet again being infamously associated with the terrorist group the Al Qaeda? He was concerned as his wife is a Malaysian Malay whose relatives often visit them before. According to him it has become difficult for Malaysian travellers carrying Arabicised names to enter US as they would be subject to full (body) check ups and made to answer all sorts of questions.
I remember, following the 9/11, the entry visa to the US was made more stringent and what took less than a few minutes before became a few weeks and people with names like Ramzi and Yusof had real hard times trying to get the entry visa. In fact one of our engineers was refused the visa and we suspected because of his name and the goatee beard he sported during the visa interview. Suddenly everything was topsy turvy. The traditional trust has vaporised.
My Malay friend who was travelling to US with a Chinese companion had experienced first-hand discrimination when he was stopped and grilled at the airport whereas his fair companion was let through easily. The Black female immigration staff was almost vicious in her questioning, looking very suspicious, sour and irritating. Following that nasty encounter, he swore he would never set foot in the US ever again.
Things have somewhat calmed down after 11 years following 9/11 and the Bali bombing ( the mastermind were Malaysians!) in 2002 till this latest event. The bloody men (Gosh! I cannot afford to be polite here), if found guilty, should be incarcerated in that Middle-Eastern country’s jail.
Why are we famous for drug mules,credit card fraudsters and terrorists?? . All of them are the scum of our society. They damage our international reputation and make life difficult for bona fide travellers like most of us.
By the way, I have always been worried about those religious schools churning out straight As’ students and who are later not employable. Who was the education Minister when all these “Arabicisations” were carried out back in the late seventies? Who established the first school for girls whose uniform was the compulsory hijab? Who was it who got the fund from that wealthy Arab country practicing the most fundamentalist of Muslim faith, the Wahabbism, to Islamise our education system? Yes, he is now trying to portray himself as a different person and sadly many people, even the Americans (remember Al Gore, the 2000 Democrat presidential candidate?) are fooled by this man. And some people say he is Malaysian hope for democracy! I say he is a bloody hypocrite. A charismatic devil to boot!
The root and spirit of the so-called Jihad and seeds of terrorism were sown 30 years ago in Malaysia when Revivalism of Islam was not embraced as the Renaissance towards an improvement of the ummah instead it took on as a movement towards belligerence and isolation and against almost everything that is worldly. Muslim women were “put” in their “right” place and inadvertently they succumb to this foreign subtle gender bias/segregation. They don’t have to but their irrational fear of hell (and perhaps peer pressure too) is so great that they tend to ignore the core pillars of the religion but instead focus on the form rather than the substance.
Will the culprit who pursued this religious trend to enhance his relentless political agenda please stand up!