Monday, August 25, 2008
When we were children, I remember my parents used to chastise my siblings and I whenever we used the words "aku sumpah" (I swear) during arguments. Perhaps this was simply because to "sumpah" also means to "curse" in Malay and should not be used lightly.
So it is with utter contempt that I have for BN leaders and their stooges who lately have begun to use this, i.e., swearing by the holy Koran in a mosque to "prove" their innocence. After hundreds of years of "Islamic civilization", the juries are still out on the validity of this act and it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out why the so called ulamas now being paid good salaries by the BN government are mostly "pro" this juvenile practice. Thank God that Anwar has not fallen for this too.
Therefore it was like a breath of fresh air that I read in Malaysiakini today, here, that an obviously more God-fearing Ustaz Ramlang Porigi (photo, right), the Imam who had "officiated" at Saiful Bukhari Azlan's recent oath taking at the FT Mosque, has revealed that he was "ordered from above" to do so. On whether he thought that the timing of the swearing was a political conspiracy, Ramlang said: "For me it is, as it was done on the eve of nomination day."
Of course there will be charges that the man has been "bought over" by PKR, but I seriously doubt this. With less that 24 hours to go, its now up to the people of Permatang Pauh to help us rid of this "cursed" government for using imams and mosques to further their evil ends.
Logged by The Ancient Mariner at 09:06