This issue will soon go away and rise again and again over time, as it has done in the past – the issue of overzealous enforcers of religion with their own set of rules making a mockery of all the Muslims in Kelantan.
Case in point: The ban on sexy posters displayed in shops, with models not wearing headscarves.
The Star reported that “posters showing models who are “not properly covered” will only elicit sexual desire from those who see them, state Local Government committee chairman Datuk Abdul Fattah Mahmood said.
“He said the recent ban on such posters in the state was necessary as allowing them to be displayed would lead to other unhealthy activities.
“That is why we decided to ban poster showing women wearing bikinis or who are not decently dressed,” The Star reported Fattah.
We outside of Kelantan, should not be really concerned and make a hoo-ha for the ability of Fattah being aroused by posters alone, for the definition of “eliciting sexual desire” by Fattah is his alone.
For one, Kelantan is run by PAS, an Islamist party – which has mullahs at the top, but largely made up of sane and educated people. However, the mullahs are the ones who makes the statement and as the sane educated people are mere members, their voices are not heard.
Secondly, the Kelantanese really do not care – be they Muslims or non-Muslims – for anyone from Kelantan will tell you they have no real problem – and that the media is spicing things up for the outside world. The Chinese non Muslim Kelantanese will tomorrow just cover up all their sexy girls on posters – maybe even those holding beer mugs in the kopitiams.
Thirdly, the women of Kelantan are the most fashionable and perhaps among the most stylish women in the country. And sex and sexy is quite often discussed openly by Kelantanese, especially in the rural areas – what more with the state well known for its concoctions in coffee etc to boost libido.
And last but not least, the ones who made the rules are just in that position for that short period of time. After him, will come another one, who may have a fetish for toes, and may start asking all slipper ads of women be covered up as well.
It is quite tiring really talking about this, as Kelantan is a different world altogether, and Kelantanese would tell you, “Tok soh ccaro lah, puok mung gi maing jjauh (Don’t you bother about this, go and play far away)” – a literal translation no doubt.
For they have been under the mullahs ever since time immemmorial, even when Umno was ruling, for that is their culture.
These mullahs however, when they do get put of the state, behave differently and they would not dare to suggest that all those billboards on the highway with “rapat” and “ketat” and “putih” be covered up.
The women on these billboards, although many are covered up, but they look coquettishly sexy in a way – just as sexy means different things for different people.
Thus, it would do for most of us not to bother about what they do in Kelantan – let them cover up their poster women, for all they want, and let us play far away.
When they do not have businesses, they too will come to “play” with the rest of us. At that time, we can tell them to follow the rules of the majority.
The Heat Malaysia