Merry Christmas to all Malaysians! How now, ISMA?



Merry Christmas to all Malaysians! How now, ISMA?
By Zan Azlee

Have a happy and merry Christmas, fellow Malaysians. And rest assured, I will be enjoying the day with my Christians friends and family members.

So it looks like I will be accompanying Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, our Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, in the pits of hell, if what ISMA says is correct.

Apparently, our dear minister will suffer the wrath of God for wishing Malaysians merry Christmas on his Twitter account a few days ago and ignoring ISMA’s declaration that it is forbidden.

I would normally be outraged by a statement like that and I would start ranting all over my social-media platforms and it would most probably spill over into my columns as well.

But, this time around, I don’t feel so angry or frustrated. This is because it seems that slowly, people who disagree with extremists like ISMA and PERKASA are creeping out of the woodwork.

It started with the ‘Prominent 25’ who, with their open letter to all Malaysians, promoted moderation and open discussion when it comes to religious issues.

Although it didn’t spark a huge movement immediately as I had hoped it would, more people are are coming out now, including Rahman Dahlan and before him, Tun Musa Hitam.

The former deputy prime minister had, last Monday, expressed in an interview with The Star that he is a liberal and moderate, and these were concepts that are the basis for the formation of Malaysia. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

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