Monday, August 25, 2008

I Swear

(Source: Malaysiakini)

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.


  1. Dear Sir,
    I guess being a minority in any country must have been painful in some way. The dilemma facing Malay Malaysian nowadays is the fear of becoming minority and be treated as per our fellow muslim down south.The fear is real and not some unfounded imagination. However they react unintelligently and sometime in repulsive and not politically correct to this fear.

    Actually the Malay in this country has to work doubly hard to prove themselves because you will find inherent believes in other peoples mind that they are of superior talent.


  2. Whatever Ustaz revealed now makes sense because his body language during to the whole process of 'sumpah' gave it away. If you could watch it the video clip again, you'll know what I mean.

  3. for me, religion and faith is such a personal thing and should be kept that way. whoever uses religion purely to further his/her political intent has to be condemned. religion and faith must be above politics. thats my view.

  4. Captain, It is contemptible the extent UMNO/BN will go to to hold on to power. They have made a mockery of the Islamic religion. I am hopeful that Permatang Pauh folks will take the first step to free our country from 51 years of UMNO/BN bondage. I am from Penang Island and look forward to the day when ALL Malaysians can unite and call ourselves Anak Anak Bangsa Malaysia.

  5. It is a statement to some, and most of the time it doesn't matter, as long as they achieve their objective. To swear is his right just as not to swear is Anwars right.

    My only concern is, to those who does not know, it means I dare you, and if you don't than I am telling the truth and what I say is true.

    As you said it, its childish in action but then again what can you expect from childish government.

  6. fergie

    then support haris efforts on anak bangsa malaysia. you can catch his writings on

  7. They praised him !And now they will say he is nobody. he is not the chief! when would they ever come to their senses? They forgot that using the name of the ALMIGHTY in vain will cause them even more problems!

  8. Aye Captain

    Bala made a sworn statement and so does that Mayanmar doctor. Anwar was even there during the press conference giving support. No condemnations were shouted.

    Learned scholars have different views on the technicalities but this Saiful guy swore the way he was guided by the religious authority.

    Those who questioned the method should provide the proper way to swear.

  9. Dear Sir,

    Stumbled upon your blog while googling about warehousing industry in Port Klang. Seem that you have your Google Ranking working ;)

    I like your style of writing.

    You should be writing sea tales in paperbacks by now!

  10. You are absolutely right. There was a time not so long ago when you would be caned in school if you said 'I swear....'

    As with all things, the rot set in when schoolds became the arena for politicians to play with.


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