Is Obama allowed to speak Malay?


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Is Obama allowed to speak Malay?
By Zan Azlee

This is a call to all the Malay, Muslim rights groups in Malaysia to please stand up and protect our sacred and honourable integrity. This is Malaysia’s hour of need. It is time for all you heroes to step up to the plate now and make sure that your loud voices are heard. How can you allow the United States President Barack Obama, that obviously non-Muslim individual from that obviously non-Muslim country, use smatterings of Malay while in our obviously Muslim country with some of our obviously Muslim people?

The first time I heard him utter our sacred language was during the state banquet that our Yang DiPertuan Agong had hosted for him. He proposed a toast that our two countries should work together. How dare he, that obviously non-Muslim person from that obviously non-Muslim country, use the word ‘bekerjasama’?

It happened again the next day when the he visited our National Mosque (gasp!). Tan Sri Datuk Syaikh Ismail, the imam, urged him to use his influence to stop the oppression of Muslims. And that obviously non-Muslim person from that obviously non-Muslim country said ‘insyallah’! (Yeah, it’s an Arab word. But hey! If we act like we own it, we own it, okay!)

It did not stop there. President Obama was in Malaysia for three days, so there were many opportunities for us to feel insulted. He then had a bilateral meeting with our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. In a joint press conference later, Obama uttered the words ‘terima kasih banyak’!

As a Malay and as a Muslim, I am appalled that our Malay, Muslim rights groups that are suppose to be so heroic and brave, have not made any fuss about this obvious insult to Malaysia by such an obviously non-Muslim individual from an obviously non-Muslim country in our homeland Malaysia. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

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