Hornbill Unleashed

July 24, 2013

Beauty today, brains tomorrow

Filed under: Human rights,Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:02 AM
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Mariam Mokhtar

The latest sacrificial lambs in Malaysian society are Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee, aka Alvivi; but anyone who thinks that Umno Baru wants to subjugate only the non-Muslims, is wrong.

Umno Baru is desperately trying to give the impression that they wield control and one of the ways of keeping Malay women in check is to stop them from entering beauty pageants. Malay girls are easy prey for the Malay man, and that is why he has to completely dominate her body and mind.

Why does Umno Baru belittle the Malays and treat them as imbeciles? In 2009, Tourism Malaysia tried to promote Malaysian dishes including ‘halal bak kut teh’, but the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim) deputy director-general Lokman Abdul Rahman claimed that Muslims would be confused. Today, Umno Baru insists that the use of the word ‘Allah’ by Christians would also confuse Muslims.

The ban, by the Federal Territories mufti Wan Zahidi Wan Teh, of four Muslim girls from the Miss Malaysia 2013 contest is a perfect example of the arrogance of some Muslim men. The insecure Malay man demands respect but gives very little. He demands that people be sensitive to his needs, but is himself intolerant and unforgiving when he bulldozes into others.

Many Malaysians, of all races, share the frustrations of Malay girls. This writer is aware of some smart Malay women who are prevented from pursuing careers which are thought of exclusively to be male oriented, or are stopped from taking up ballet as a hobby.

The usual excuse preventing Muslim women from participating in beauty contests is the claim that “it is a sin for Muslim women to reveal their bodies”.

If a Malay girl were to be an Olympic contender for beach volleyball, diving, synchronised swimming or gymnastics, would the mufti seek to ban her from participating in these sports?

Has the mufti been to any of the high-school proms, organised by the secondary schools in the more affluent areas of Kuala Lumpur, which are held in five-star hotels? Has he attended any of the parties hosted by Malay socialites? The dresses of these elite Malays are risqué in comparison with the costumes worn by the beauty contestants.

If Wan Zahidi is so vociferous about the sinfulness of Malay girls entering beauty contests, why is he silent on issues such as brutal deaths in police custody? Why the silence over corruption? Why the silence over girls as young as 13 or 14 marrying much older men? Why is it not a sin to marry girls off to the men who have raped them? Why do Malay men threaten to marry a younger wife, if their present wives complain about any aspect of the marriage?

Nowadays, more Malay girls take up professional courses at university than their male counterparts. Many Malay men tend to enrol for subjects which have no commercial utility, such as religious studies. These same men then become polygamists and live off the earnings of their wives.

Malaysians are discontented, and so they are happy to see that the Alvivi saga has degenerated into a reality TV show. This scandal has become a spectacle like the gladiatorial games of ancient Rome, where prisoners become objects of entertainment for the masses. The victims were ruthlessly punished to keep the disaffected masses happy.

Perceived as cheap commodities

People are perceived as cheap commodities and their pain and suffering is seen as entertainment. Weak leaders keep the disgruntled population entertained because they have nothing better to offer.

The blame for the latest Alvivi imbroglio lies squarely with the authorities – the Malaysian education system, the Malaysian muftis, the Umno Baru politicians who dictate BN policies and former PM Mahathir Mohamad.

Alvivi may be sexual voyeurs and attention-seekers, but their behaviour is not as despicable as the people who are baying for their blood and wanting to exact the most severe form of punishment on them.

Why over-react and blame Alvivi for insensitivity and for disrespecting Muslims when politicians, professors and newspaper editors are guilty of far more heinous and calculated disrespect?

If Ridhuan Tee Abdullah is allowed to upset Malaysians, then why should Alvivi be punished? If Ibrahim Ali, Zulkifli Noordin, and theUtusan Malaysia editors are not censured, then Alvivi should not be mercilessly hounded. Alvivi have at least apologised; did any of the others show remorse?

Many decades ago, schoolchildren used to mix and mingle freely. Children from various social backgrounds and ethnicities used to study, socialise, have their breaks, practice sports, go on weekend school outings and do their extra-curricular activities, together.

The classroom and playground were perfect training grounds to prepare them for life in society. Children learnt about the way beliefs affect a person’s behaviour. Children had a good understanding of how their own, and their friend’s beliefs and values, defined their moral code.

When Mahathir became PM and felt threatened by PAS, he decided to Islamicise Malaysia and that meant that Umno Baru had to be more radical than PAS. That was the start of the Malay mind being stultified, in other words “di perbodohkan”. The use of English was eroded. Women had to dress more conservatively and those who did not, believed that they were denied promotions or career advancement.

With Islamicisation, children of different ethnic groups started to view one another with suspicion. Malay teachers admonished Muslim children from making friends with non-Malay children during break. Malay parents who complained to the headmaster about racial segregation soon found that their own children were victimised; these same parents learnt not to speak out, thus perpetuating the vicious cycle.

Politicians and muftis in Malaysia are not trying to be good rulers or policy-makers; they are only concerned with power and controlling the masses. They have ruled that the Alvivi duo must be severely persecuted.

Umno Baru’s Khairy Jamaluddin said that the Alvivi couple should be made an example; but does he recall the various insults made by Muslims against people of other faiths? Is Khairy, like the other Umno Baru politicians, pandering to the Malay masses and keeping various factions happy for the forthcoming 2013 Umno general assembly?

In Malaysian society, the Malay male is desperate to dominate. It is all about control.

Umno-Baru politicians know that rich Malays are free to escape to the play grounds of the south of France to enjoy their excesses. That is why Umno Baru only seeks to control the minds of poor Malaysians, especially the poor Malays because Umno Baru’s power lies in the control of the masses.

Today, Umno-Baru is trying to control the beauty of the Malay girls; tomorrow, their minds.

One day, the Malay woman will find that she is powerless to do things that her non-Muslim counterparts take for granted. Is it any wonder many Malays grow defiant and attempt to shake off their shackles?

The wealthy Malay will always be able to drink and gamble to their heart’s content in the casinos of the world. Losing a million ringgit at the poker tables is nothing, if one knows that the coffers will be replenished.



  1. We are living in the 21st century and these hypocrite Mufti who often lust for sexy women themselves are still playing God Any mufti who has never received bribes and lust for other men’s daughters or wives shall be given the first chance to throw the stone.

    Comment by Rowena — July 25, 2013 @ 5:16 PM | Reply

  2. Haram money and laziness breeds retarded and handicapped offsprings who will eventually end up living in the caves, when no more easy money is available

    Comment by tigeryk — July 24, 2013 @ 5:57 PM | Reply

  3. People who insulted Islam are those UMNO Baru warlords who defended themselves for been corrupted and trying to justify enriching themselves under the guise of NEP and NEM at the expense of the Malay community.

    Comment by Bidayuh Headmaster — July 24, 2013 @ 4:17 PM | Reply

  4. Muslim women were and are endlessly subjected to new ‘rules’ devised by the men. When can these intelligent and tender children of god will rule over themselves and live on their rights as given to them by the creator?

    Comment by a brother — July 24, 2013 @ 2:33 PM | Reply

  5. Astaghfirullahaladzim..

    Comment by shira — July 24, 2013 @ 12:22 PM | Reply

  6. It is not uncommon to read statement like this, ” The Federal Territories Islamic Department (Jawi) has claimed that the four Muslim women dropped from Miss Malaysia World 2013 had insulted Islam by insisting on participating.” Islamic department or Islamic religious body had been reacting over zealously in guarding “female morality” and they had never make a stand on massive corruption involving Muslim politicians or corruption in the government.

    Comment by Roslinawati — July 24, 2013 @ 9:34 AM | Reply

    • Jawi and Jakim should ban those senseless malay gossip shows like MELODI on TV3.

      Comment by Rafiq — July 24, 2013 @ 11:11 AM | Reply

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