Beza Antara Merebut Nama Allah & Mempertahankan Akidah

Kadang-kala kesilapan kita dalam mempertahankan perkara yang tidak begitu penting, boleh melupakan kita kepada isu yang lebih penting. Isu yang terpenting bagi saya adalah kefahaman mengenai keadilan dan kerahmatan Islam yang mesti sampai kepada setiap rakyat negara ini, muslim atau bukan muslim. Supaya gambaran negatif yang salah terhadap Islam dapat dikikis dari minda mereka yang keliru.

Di samping itu, hendaklah kita jelas bahawa yang membezakan akidah Islam dan selainnya bukanlah pada sebutan, atau rebutan nama Allah, sebaliknya pada ketulusan tauhid dan penafian segala unsur syirik. Di samping, kita mesti bertanya diri kita: mengapakah kita sentiasa merasakan kita akan menjadi pihak yang tewas jika orang lain memanggil tuhan Allah? Mengapakah kita tidak merasakan itu akan lebih memudahkan kita menyampaikan kepada mereka tentang akidah Islam?. Maka, apakah isu ini bertitik tolak dari nas-nas Islam, atau kebimbangan disebabkan kelemahan diri umat Islam itu sendiri?

Jika kita membaca Al-Quran, kita dapati ia menceritakan golongan musyrikin yang menentang Nabi Muhammad s.a.w juga menyebut nama Allah dan al-Quran tidak membantah mereka, bahkan itu dijadikan landasan untuk memasukkan akidah Islam yang sebenar.

Firman Allah: (maksudnya) “Dan Demi sesungguhnya! jika engkau (Wahai Muhammad) bertanya kepada mereka: “Siapakah yang menciptakan mereka?” sudah tentu mereka akan menjawab: “Allah!”. (jika demikian) maka bagaimana mereka rela dipesongkan? Dan (Dia lah Tuhan Yang mengetahui rayuan Nabi Muhammad) yang berkata: Wahai Tuhanku! Sesungguhnya mereka ini adalah satu kaum yang tidak mahu beriman!” (Surah al-Zukhruf ayat 87-88).

Firman Allah dalam ayat yang lain: (maksudnya) “Dan sesungguhnya jika engkau (Wahai Muhammad) bertanya kepada mereka (yang musyrik) itu: “siapakah yang menurunkan hujan dari langit, lalu dia hidupkan dengannya tumbuh-tumbuhan di bumi sesudah matinya?” sudah tentu mereka akan menjawab: “Allah”. Ucapkanlah (Wahai Muhammad): “Alhamdulillah” (sebagai bersyukur disebabkan pengakuan mereka yang demikian), bahkan kebanyakan mereka tidak menggunakan akal (untuk memahami tauhid) (Surah al-Ankabut ayat 63).

Ayat-ayat ini, bahkan ada beberapa yang lain lagi menunjukkan al-Quran tidak membantahkan golongan bukan muslim menyebut Allah sebagai Pencipta Yang Maha Agung. Bahkan Nabi Muhammad s.a.w disuruh untuk mengucapkan kesyukuran kerana mereka mengakui Allah. Apa yang dibantah dalam ayat-ayat ini bukanlah sebutan nama Allah yang mereka lafazkan, sebaliknya ketidak tulusan tauhid yang menyebabkan akidah terhadap Allah itu dipesongkan atau bercampur syirik.

Justeru, soal bukan muslim mengakui Allah tidak dibantah oleh Islam, bahkan kita disuruh bersyukur kerana pengakuan itu. Cuma yang dibantah ialah kesyirikan mereka. Umpamanya, jika kita mendengar bukan muslim menyebut “Allah yang menurunkan hujan, atau menumbuhkan tumbuhan”, maka kita tentu gembira kerana dia mengakui kebesaran Allah.

Apakah patut kita kata kepadanya: awak jangan kata Allah yang menurunkan hujan, atau mencipta itu dan ini, awak tidak boleh kata demikian kerana awak bukan muslim, sebaliknya awak kena kata tokong awak yang menurun hujan”. Apakah ini tindakan yang betul? Tidakkah itu menjauhkan dia dari daerah ketuhanan yang sebenar? Kita sepatutnya berusaha mendekatkan dia kepada ajaran yang benar. Namun, jika dia berkata: “Tokong ini adalah Allah”. Saya kata: “Awak dusta, itu tidak benar! Maha suci Allah dari dakwaan awak”.

Maka, ketika Allah menceritakan peranan peperangan dalam mempertahankan keamanan dan kesejahteraan manusia,

Allah menyebut: (maksudnya) “..dan kalaulah Allah tidak mendorong setengah manusia menentang (pencerobohan) setengah yang lain, nescaya runtuhlah tempat-tempat pertapaan serta gereja-gereja (kaum Nasrani), dan tempat-tempat sembahyang (kaum Yahudi), dan juga masjid-masjid (orang Islam) yang sentiasa disebut nama Allah banyak-banyak dalam semua tempat itu dan sesungguhnya Allah akan menolong sesiapa yang menolong ugamanya (ugama Islam); Sesungguhnya Allah Maha Kuat, lagi Maha Perkasa. (Surah al-Hajj ayat 40).

Ayat ini mengakui tempat-tempat ibadah itu disebut nama Allah. Adapun berhubung dengan orang Kristian,

Allah menyebut: (maksudnya) “Sesungguhnya telah kafirlah mereka yang berkata: “Bahawasanya Allah ialah salah satu dari yang tiga (triniti)”. padahal tiada tuhan (yang berhak disembah) melainkan Tuhan Yang Maha Esa..(Surah al-Maidah ayat 73).

Ayat ini tidak membantah mereka menyebut Allah, tetapi yang dibantah adalah dakwaan bahawa Allah adalah satu dari yang tiga.

Justeru itu kita lihat, orang-orang Kristian Arab memang memakai perkataan Allah dalam Bible mereka, juga buku-buku doa mereka. Tiada siapa pun di kalangan para ulama kaum muslimin sejak dahulu yang membantahnya. Jika ada bantahan di Malaysia, saya fikir ini mungkin atas alasan-alasan setempat yang saya sebutkan pada awal tadi. Cuma yang diharapkan, janganlah bantahan itu akhirnya memandulkan dakwah Islam dan menjadikan orang salah faham terhadap agama suci ini.

Saya selalu bertanya sehingga bilakah kita di Malaysia ini akan begitu defensive, tidak memiliki anti-bodi dan tidak mahu berusaha menguatkannya dalam diri? Akhirnya, kita terus bimbang dan takut kepada setiap yang melintas. Padahal itu bukan sifat Islam. Islam agama yang ke hadapan, misi dan intinya sentiasa disebarkan.

Sehingga Allah menyebut: (maksudnya):“Dan jika seseorang dari kalangan musyrikin meminta perlindungan kepadamu, maka berilah perlindungan kepadanya sehingga dia sempat mendengar keterangan-keterangan Allah (tentang hakikat Islam itu), kemudian hantarlah dia ke tempat yang selamat. Demikian itu (perintah tersebut) ialah kerana mereka itu kaum yang tidak mengetahui (hakikat Islam). (Surah al-Taubah ayat 6).

Ada orang tertentu yang berkata kepada saya: nanti orang Islam keliru kerana sebutan nama Allah itu sama antara mereka dan Islam. Lalu rosak akidah orang Islam kita nanti. Saya berkata kepadanya: “Jikalaulah sebutan nama tuhan itulah yang menentukan akidah Islam, tentulah golongan musyrikin Mekah tidak memerlukan akidah yang dibawa oleh Nabi s.a.w. Mereka telah sekian lama memanggil tuhan dengan panggilan Allah.

Lihatlah bapa Nabi kita Muhammad bernama ‘Abdullah yang bermaksud hamba Allah. Tentu sekali bapa baginda lahir pada zaman jahiliah sebelum kemunculan baginda sebagai rasul. Nama itu dipilih oleh datuk Abdul Muttalib yang menjadi pemimpin Quraish pada zaman dahulu. Quraish pada zaman jahiliah juga bertawaf dengan menyebut: LabbaikalLahhumma yang bermaksud: Menyahut seruanMu ya Allah!

Al-Imam Muslim dalam sahihnya meriwayatkan hadis mengenai perjanjian Hudaibiah antara Nabi s.a.w dengan Quraish Mekah, seperti berikut:

“Sesungguhnya Quraish membuat perjanjian damai dengan Nabi s.a.w. Antara wakil Quraish ialah Suhail bin ‘Amr. Sabda Nabi s.a.w : barangkali aku boleh tulis Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. Kata Suhail: Adapun Bismillah (dengan nama Allah), maka kami tidak tahu apa itu Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. Maka tulislah apa yang kami tahu iaitu BismikalLahumma (dengan namaMu Ya Allah!)”. Dalam riwayat al-Bukhari, Nabi s.a.w menerima bantahan tersebut. Ternyata mereka menggunakan nama Allah.

Maka yang membezakan akidah Islam dan selainnya adalah tauhid yang tulus yang menentang segala unsur syirik. Ketidak jelasan dalam persoalan inilah yang menggugat akidah jenerasi kita. Mereka yang berakidah dengan akidah Islam sangat sensitif kepada sebarang unsur syirk agar tidak menyentuh akidahnya. Bukan semua yang mengakui Allah akan dianggap beriman dengan iman yang sah selagi dia tidak membersihkan diri dari segala unsur syirik.

Lihat, betapa ramai yang memakai serban dan jubah, berzikir sakan tetapi dalam masa yang sama menyembah kubur-kubur tok wali tertentu dengan cara menyeru dan merintih pemohonan darinya. Ini yang dilakukan oleh sesetengah tarekat yang sesat. Apa beza mereka ini dengan yang memanggil nama-nama berhala yang asalnya dari nama orang-orang saleh juga, yang mati pada zaman dahulu.

Firman Allah: (maksudnya) Ingatlah! Untuk Allah agama yang suci bersih (dari segala rupa syirik). dan orang-orang musyrik yang mengambil selain dari Allah untuk menjadi pelindung (sambil berkata): “Kami tidak menyembah mereka melainkan supaya mereka mendekatkan kami kepada Allah sehampir-hampirnya. Sesungguhnya Allah akan menghukum antara mereka tentang apa yang mereka berselisihan padanya. Sesungguhnya Allah tidak memberi hidayah petunjuk kepada orang-orang yang tetap berdusta (mengatakan Yang bukan-bukan), lagi sentiasa kufur (dengan melakukan syirik). (Surah al-Zumar ayat 3).

Di Malaysia kita pun ada yang memakai gelaran agama menentang pengajaran tauhid rububiyyah, uluhiyyah, asma dan sifat. Mereka ini menyimpan agenda musuh-musuh dakwah. Padahal pengajaran tauhid yang sedemikianlah yang mampu menjadikan muslim memahami dengan mudah hakikat tauhid. Mampu membezakan antara; sekadar mempercayai kewujudan Allah dengan mentauhidkan Allah dalam zatNya, ibadah kepadaNya dan sifat-sifatNya.

Persoalan tauhid anti syirik ini begitu mudah dan ringkas untuk memahaminya. Nabi s.a.w telah menyebarkannya dengan begitu pantas dan mudah. Seorang badawi buta huruf yang datang berjumpa baginda mampu memahami hanya dalam beberapa sessi ringkas. Bahkan mampu pulang dan mengislamkan seluruh kaumnya dengan akidah yang teguh. Namun, di kalangan kita, pengajaran akidah yang dinamakan ilmu kalam begitu berfalsafah dan menyusahkan.

Bukan sahaja badwi, orang universiti pun susah nak faham. Sehingga seseorang bukan bertambah iman, tetapi bertambah serabut. Bertahun-tahun masih dalam kesamaran. Diajar Allah ada, lawannya tiada, dengar lawannya pekak, lihat lawannya buta..lalu ditokok tambah dengan falsafah-falsafah dan konsep-konsep yang menyusahkan. Padahal penganut agama lain juga menyatakan tuhan itu ada, melihat, tidak buta, mendengar, tidak pekak dan seterusnya. Apa bezanya jika sekadar memahami perkara tersebut cuma?

Maka anak-anak orang Islam kita gagal memahami hakikat tauhid anti-syirik yang sebenar. Padahal ianya begitu mudah semudah memahami kalimah-kalimah akidah dalam surah al-Ikhlas yang ringkas.

Kata Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi: “Tambahan pula, perbahasan ilmu kalam, sekalipun mendalam dan kepenatan akal untuk memahami dan menguasainya, ia bukannya akidah…Lebih daripada itu perbahasan ilmu kalam telah terpengaruh dengan pemikiran Yunan dan cara Yunan dalam menyelesaikan masalah akidah. Justeru itu imam-imam salaf mengutuk ilmu kalam dan ahlinya serta berkeras terhadap mereka” (Al-Qaradawi, Thaqafah al-Da’iyah, m.s. 92 Beirut: Muassasah al-Risalat). Dahulu kelemahan ini mungkin tidak dirasa, tetapi apabila kita hidup dalam dunia persaingan, kita mula menderitai kesannya.

Jika akidah jenerasi kita jelas, apakah mereka boleh keliru antara ajaran Islam dan Kristian? Adakah mereka tidak tahu beza antara ajaran yang menyebut tuhan bapa, tuhan anak dan ruhul qudus dengan akidah Islam yang anti-syirik, hanya disebabkan adanya sebutan Allah? Begitu jauh sekali perbezaan itu! Bagaimana mungkin sehingga mereka tidak dapat membezakan antara malam dan siang? Apakah juga nanti kita tidak membenarkan pihak lain menyebut nama nabi Ibrahim, Ishak, Ya’kub, Daud dan lain-lain kerana budak-budak kita akan keliru lagi. Akidah apakah yang mereka belajar selama ini di KAFA, JQAF dan berbagai lagi sehingga begitu corot. Kalau begitu, sama ada sukatan itu lemah, atau tenaga pengajarnya perlu dibetulkan.

Maka sebenarnya, isu ini adalah isu kelemahan kita umat Islam dalam memahami akidah yang sebenar. Jenerasi kita tidak mempunyai benteng akidah yang kukuh. Lalu kita semua bimbang mereka keliru dengan akidah orang lain. Untuk mengatasi masalah ini, kita cuba mengambil pendekatan undang-undang. Agar dengan halangan undang-undang, kelemahan akidah generasi kita dapat dipertahankan.

Persoalan yang patut kita fikirkan, sehingga bilakah kita akan mampu terus hidup hanya berbekalkan oksigen dari saluran undang-undang sehingga kita yang majoriti, dengan segala peruntukan yang ada; TV, radio, berbagai-bagai institusi dan agensi yang dilindungi, masih takut kepada gerakan minoriti? Di manakah kehebatan Islam yang selalu kita sebut dan ceritakan sejarah kegemilangannya? Atau sebenarnya, kita tidak memiliki Islam seperti hari ia diturunkan? Maka kempen Islam kita selalu tidak berkesan.

Bagi saya, bukan soal nama Allah itu yang terlalu perlu untuk direbut atau dijadikan agenda besar. Tetapi, gerakan membina semula akidah yang sejahtera dan memahamkan generasi kita wajah Islam yang sebenar agar mampu bersaing dan menghadapi cabaran zaman.

A POEM FOR ALL

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean-favoured and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
“Good Morning!” and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich, yes, richer than a king,
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine — we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked and waited for the light,
And went without the meat and cursed the bread,
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet in his head.

Fatwa Mahafiraun Sempena Syawal

1. Apabila sesuatu dilakukan dengan nama Islam, ramai yang cepat berkata ia adalah hukum Allah yang perlu kita lakukan. Kita jarang bertanya samada sesuatu itu benar-benar hukum Allah.

2. Saya tertarik dengan rencana bekas mufti Perlis (baca disini) berkenaan dengan kononnya Islam melarang gosok gigi di bulan puasa. Kononnya mulut yang bau busuk kerana berpuasa sebenarnya harum seperti bau kasturi. Ini diulangi berkali-kali dalam televisyen.

3. Benarkah pendapat ini adalah hukum Allah?

4. Sebenarnya hukum ini tidak terdapat dalam Al-Quran. Mungkin ada hadith yang menyarankan bahawa ini adalah ajaran Islam (yang diwajibkan). Tetapi kita tahu banyak hadith yang diterima oleh sesetengah daripada orang Islam adalah lemah atau bukan hadith yang sebenarnya.

5. Sebab itu kita dapati banyak perbezaan daripada segi kepercayaan dan amalan oleh orang Islam di negara-negara Islam. Ada negara Islam di mana purdah atau hijab diwajibkan walaupun oleh perempuan yang sudah tua. Al-Quran tidak mewajibkan wanita tutup muka dan tangan. Bolehkah kita kata amalan pakaian purdah ini adalah hukum Allah?

6. Larangan bagi wanita bersekolah untuk menuntut ilmu juga tidak terdapat dalam Al-Quran atau hadith sahih.

7. Membunuh wanita kerana memalukan keluarga juga tidak ada. Tetapi di beberapa buah negara Islam dilapor berkenaan dengan wanita dibunuh oleh bapa atau abangnya kerana perbuatan tertentu. Islamkah ini? Hukum Allah kah ini?

8. Dalam melaksanakan hukum Islam, Al-Quran menyebut tentang hukuman yang setimpal. Demikian mata dibalas dengan mata, telinga dengan telinga dan seterusnya jiwa dengan jiwa. Dalam pada itu Al-Quran menyebut sesiapa yang melepaskan hak membalasnya, maka itu menjadi penebus dosanya.

9. Sesungguhnya Allah s.w.t. menyukai orang yang bertimbangrasa dalam mengena atau melaksana hukum. Yang diutamakan dalam Al-Quran ialah apabila menghukum, hukumlah dengan adil. Terdapat 43 ayat yang menyebut tentang pentingnya hukuman yang adil. Beberapa ayat lagi menegah perbuatan yang zalim.

10. Seperti yang kita semua maklum, alim ulama memahami dan membuat tafsiran berpandu kepada isi kandungan Al-Quran dan hadith dan kitab tulisan ulama silam. Oleh kerana alim ulama bukan rasul kefahaman dan tafsiran mereka tidaklah selalunya sama antara satu dengan yang lain. Demikianlah kelainan antara pendapat dan kefahaman mereka sehingga berlaku perpecahan dan permusuhan dikalangan orang Islam dan rusuhan serta bunuh-membunuh antara mereka.

11. Soalnya apakah mungkin semua alim ulama benar-benar berpegang kepada hukum Allah apabila memberi pendapat atau membuat fatwa? Jika ya, kenapakah ajaran mereka tidak sama dan begitu bertentangan antara sesama mereka?

12. Atau apakah ada diantara mereka yang secara sengaja atau tidak sengaja, telah membuat tafsiran yang salah berkenaan apa yang dikatakan hukum-hukum Allah. Kerap ternampak mereka seolah-olah tidak puas hati dengan kesederhanaan dan kelonggaran yang terdapat dalam Islam.

13. Oleh kerana ada kemungkinan salah tafsiran berlaku janganlah kita terlalu cepat berkata bahawa hukum yang ditentukan oleh alim ulama adalah hukum Allah dan dengan itu kita tidak boleh mempersoalkannya dan kita akan berdosa jika kita abaikannya.

14. Oleh itu sebelum menghukum atau menjalankan hukuman tidak bolehkah kita bertanya dahulu adilkah hukuman yang dikenakan? Dan benarkah hukuman yang dikenakan adalah hukum Allah?

15. Kita juga harus diberitahu dari mana puncanya hukuman yang dijatuhkan, sebelum kita terima hukuman berkenaan adalah hukum Allah.

16. Dan janganlah kita lupa bahawa Allah suka kepada mereka yang bertimbangrasa dan tidak keterlaluan dalam melaksanakan hukum.

17. Juga harus kita jaga kebaikan nama Islam dan tidak melakukan sesuatu yang akan mencemarkannya.

18. Kita disuruh berdakwah dan mengembangkan agama Islam. Kita sendiri berbahagia kerana menganut agama Islam disebabkan pedagang Islam dari negara Arab dan India telah menunjuk kebaikan dan keadilan dalam Islam. Jika kita melakukan sesuatu yang sebenarnya bukan dari ajaran Islam dan ini menyebabkan orang lain menjauhkan diri dari Islam, apakah kita mematuhi tugas berdakwah yang diwajibkan keatas kita semua?

Apa binatang rasuah itu?

Most Malaysians don’t think twice about the level of corruption in this country. Some even welcome it. How many times have you illegally parked your car or dashed through a red light and paid the policeman a bribe of RM50 or RM100 to save paying a RM300 fine if you are issued a summons?

And that is cheap, mind you. In the police lockup, we have to pay the policemen RM100 for a three-minute local phone call and RM10 for a stick of cigarette. So that comes to RM200 per packet. I paid RM200 for one night’s ‘protection’. For RM200 I was placed in a ‘special’ lockup where a detainee awaiting trial for murder took me under his wing so that the others could not get at me. He even threw in a cigarette as part of the ‘package’.

And it costs RM250,000 for a drug dealer to escape the gallows.

My wife, who in 2001 was detained overnight in the women’s section of the police lockup, the same night I was arrested, spoke to one Indonesian woman who was on her second drug dealing arrest. The first time she and her husband were arrested they had to pay RM500,000 for both of them to get released. They were trying to arrange another RM500,000 to get out of this second arrest. So that came to RM1 million for two arrests. Imagine how much they must be making dealing in drugs. More importantly, imagine how much the police are making each time they get arrested.

I spoke to many of my Chinese businessmen friends and they admitted that it is easier to do business when corruption is involved. This saves time since you can bypass the normal requirements and get your applications approved much faster by just bribing the government officers. Sometimes, when you are not ‘eligible’, you can become eligible by paying bribes. So bribes actually help when faced with certain obstacles — and there are definitely many ‘obstacles’ when dealing with governments in third world countries like Malaysia.

When corruption does not affect you directly you are not too concerned about it. It is like crime. As long as the robbers do not break into your home to rob you and rape your wife or daughter then who bothers too much about the high level of crime? It is when it is you that is hit that you become outraged about the high crime rate and the low level of police enforcement and lack of effort to combat crime.

Is it not those who suffer or suffered from cancer, or have lost a loved one to cancer, who gets involved in anti-cancer movements or associations? How many of us who never had to face cancer would want to donate generously to the anti-cancer effort? We never bother about something that does not affect us. And the same goes for other things as well, such as corruption and whatnot.

But corruption does affect us, contrary to what many may be thinking. Sometimes it affects us directly. Most times, indirectly.

An average of ten people die each day on Malaysian roads. Many more are seriously injured or maimed, sometimes resulting in them no longer being able to work and earn a living. The main reason for this is that Malaysians do not know how to drive.

Now, let there not be any confusion over this statement. Malaysians may have a valid driving licence. But Malaysians do not know how to drive. Do you know that in some European countries you can exchange your Singapore driving licence for a driving licence of your host country? But they will not accept a Malaysian driving licence. Malaysian driving licences tak laku (have no value).

I know someone, now deceased, who had a driving licence but could not even reverse her car out of the driveway. How in heaven’s name did she pass her driving test and get a licence if she can’t even reverse her car? And for sure she can’t drive.

Well, she told me. The driving school has two schemes. One is the ‘guaranteed to pass your driving test’ scheme — which means you will pass your driving test and get a driving licence even if you can’t drive. The other scheme involves you taking the driving test and passing it all on your own.

The trouble with this legitimate scheme, though, is that even if you know how to drive they will still fail you as ‘punishment’ for refusing to participate in the ‘guaranteed to pass’ scheme. So it is better to pay, even if you can drive, and especially if you can’t, to be assured off a driving licence.

So, about ten people a day die on Malaysian roads because most of them have a driving licence but do not know how to drive. And those who die could be you, a family member, an office colleague, or a close friend. In short, that person who died in the traffic accident could be someone you know or someone close to you.

Therefore, corruption does affect you when you lose someone because of corruption — or if it is you who dies. If this person were forced to learn how to drive properly before being given a licence then maybe he or she would still be alive today. I have personally lost scores of friends and relatives due to traffic accidents over the last 50 years or so. Sometimes it is their fault. The sad part is when the accident is someone else’s fault and you are a victim of reckless or inconsiderate drivers who have absolutely no road sense whatsoever.

I have also lost people dear to me due to poor medical facilities. There are not enough hospital beds in the intensive care unit or not enough dialysis machines or whatever, which results in poor medical facilities. And these people had to die because of this.

It is not that Malaysia does not have enough money to improve its medical facilities. It is that Malaysia spends the money for the wrong reasons — and spends too much on top of that because there are kickbacks and commissions involved in every project and procurement. So medical facilities take a back seat and many of us have lost friends, colleagues and relatives because they were denied prompt or proper medical treatment.

If the money had not been wasted and had instead been spent for the right purposes — medical and education being the two most important — then Malaysia would be a much better place. As it is, our medical and educational facilities are below the so-called first world infrastructure that we are so proud of.

We have the best weapons. We have fantastic bridges, buildings and roads. Heck, we even have submarines now. But we are extremely lacking when it comes to medical and educational facilities. And health and education are far more important than all those white elephants and monuments that swallow billions but bring no income to the country, as would most white elephants and monuments.

Cars cost a lot in Malaysia. That, again, is due to corruption. If the government allowed a free-for-all in the car industry then cars would cost much cheaper than they do now. But they can’t allow a free-for-all. They can’t because cronies of those who walk in the corridors of power are making a lot of money from the car import permits and whatnot. So Malaysians have to pay double what they should actually be paying for their cars. But their salaries are not double what they should be.

So you end up a slave of your car instead of the car being your slave. You work for your car when your car should instead be working for you. And because of the sorry state of public transport you have no choice but to own a car. You just can’t get around without a car like you can in so many other countries.

After paying for your car what do you have left at the end of the day? Most times, because of your car, you can’t afford a decent home. Malaysians are actually very poor. The cost of living is so high while the salaries are very low. And corruption keeps Malaysians poor.

So perish the thought if you thought corruption does not affect you. It does, in more ways than you realise. And only naïve people would believe that corruption does not personally affect them or is actually beneficial to business. Malaysians are paying a heavy price for corruption. And the worse thing is we do not even realise we are paying.

Malaysians pay billions in all forms of taxes. But a lot of this money does not come back to us. It gets flushed down the toilet. Billions are lost — RM30 billion by some estimates. And this is our money. Imagine if we had to pay only RM0.30 for a litre of petrol or RM1.80 for a packet of cigarette or RM50,000 for a Honda Civic. Would you not have more money left in your pocket? Nowadays, your money is finished by the tenth day of the month and you have to wait another 20 days for your next paycheque.

Don’t even start talking about saving money for a rainy day. This is just not possible. Corruption has taken away all your money whereas considering how rich this country is we should not even be asked to pay taxes or, even if we are, it could be a very minimum level that hardly hurts us.

For decades, the opposition has been fighting for the government to set a fair minimum wage appropriate to the cost of living. But the government does not agree to the RM900 per month minimum wage proposal.

In fact, even RM900 is still too low. Countries like the UK have announced that the minimum wage will now be adjusted to about RM35 per hour. That is what some Malaysians earn in a day. Yet the price of cigarettes in the UK is almost the same as in Malaysia. And so goes for many other things as well — while cars are half the price or less compared to Malaysia.

No, Malaysians are poor. You earn so much less and have to pay so much more. Then corruption takes away what little you have left. And Malaysians still believe that corruption does not affect them directly.

And that is why I am of the opinion that PAS is not focused. They should be addressing the core issues. And the core issue here is corruption and how it affects us. Banning beer or sexy singers from appearing on stage does not offer Malaysians a better life. Even if beer and sexy singers are banned Malaysians will still remain poor. And we will remain poor because our money is being plundered and our low salaries and high taxes do not allow us a decent life.

Prophet Muhammad declared war on riba’ (usury). Riba’ basically means making money from no effort of your own. And, according to Sheikh Imran Hossein, there are 80 levels of riba’, corruption being one of them (since corruption involves making money in a dishonest manner and from no effort of your own).

But PAS does not declare war on corruption. PAS declares war on beer and sexy women. PAS does not understand that corruption and poverty is the real enemy. Poverty enslaves us. Corruption makes us even poorer.

PAS should take up the Prophet’s real fight, the fight against corruption and poverty. And poverty is the breeding ground of corruption. When you are broke one week after receiving your salary you need to resort to corruption to survive.

UNDILAH BN!!!

I am God, said the Pharaoh.

You are not God, replied Moses.

And why do you say I not God? asked the Pharaoh.

Because God can give life and God can take life, was Moses’s reply.

Okay, I now sentence you to death, said the Pharaoh.

But before the palace guards could drag Moses away and cut off his head, the Pharaoh added, and now I withdraw the death sentence.

So you see, said the Pharaoh, I have just taken your life and then I gave you back your life. So, since I can give life and I can take life, that means I am God.

Barisan Nasional is the ruling party, says Umno. Barisan Nasional brings development to the people. Barisan Nasional builds roads, schools, hospitals and whatnot. So the people must be grateful to Barisan Nasional. And, to demonstrate this gratitude, the people must vote for Barisan Nasional.

Barisan Nasional is just like the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh used warped logic. Barisan Nasional also uses warped logic. So Barisan Nasional has the same mind as the Pharaoh. And all those people beholden to Barisan Nasional for whatever reason, the Rulers included, who also argue that the people must support Barisan Nasional because of the development that Barisan Nasional brings, also have the mind of the Pharaoh.

Barisan Nasional does not bring development to the people, just like the Pharaoh was not able to give life. It is the people who bring development to the people. And the people bring development by paying taxes and by voting in a government to manage their tax money.

If the people refuse to pay taxes and if the people refuse to vote Barisan Nasional into office then not only will Barisan Nasional not have any money to develop the county but Barisan Nasional will also not have the power to develop the country, even if it had the money, because only the government in office can develop the country, assuming, in the first place, the people give them the money to be able to do so.

The system works like this. The people give the government money. Then the people go to the polling station to give the mandate to 222 Malaysians at federal level and another 576 Malaysians at state level to manage the people’s money. That is a total of 798 Malaysians out of more than 26 million Malaysians being given the mandate to manage the people’s money.

So these 798 Malaysians have to be grateful to the more than 26 million Malaysians. The more than 26 million Malaysians do not have to be grateful to the 798 Malaysians elected into office.

The more than 26 million Malaysians are paying the 798 Malaysians, employed as servants of the people during the elections, to do a job. Their job and the salary that comes with it comes from the people. The people are digging into their pockets to pay these 798 elected Malaysians their salaries.

The more than 26 million Malaysians are also paying for the development of the country. The more than 26 million Malaysians pay taxes to the government, which the government then uses to build roads, schools, hospitals and whatnot.

Every year, around November, the government presents its budget in Parliament for the approval of 222 elected Malaysians. These 222 elected Malaysians will have to look at the budget and on behalf of more than 26 million Malaysians tell Parliament whether this is what the people who paid that money really want. If it is not what the more than 26 million Malaysians want then the budget has to be rejected and redone to the people’s satisfaction.

If the 222 elected Malaysians do not look carefully into the budget and into how the people’s money is being spent then the more than 26 Malaysians will have to sack these 222 elected Malaysians. And this will be done during the elections every five years when the 798 elected Malaysians at federal and state levels have to go back to the people and beg the more than 26 million Malaysians to employ them for another five years with a salary attached.

That is how the system works. And let no one, even if he may be the Ruler of the land, tell you otherwise. The Pharaoh also tried to be funny. He thought he was God. And the Pharaoh was a most powerful man indeed who was matched by no one, not even the greatest dictator in history. But God smite the Pharaoh down. And the more than 26 million Malaysians are not Gods but they too have the power to smite down the 798 elected Malaysians who have the mind of the Pharaoh and expect us to be grateful to them for doing the job they are being paid to do and using our money to do it on top of that.

The Sultans had better be very careful. They are not as powerful as the Pharaoh. Heck, they are not even as powerful as the 798 elected Malaysians whom the people voted into office. The people do not want to show gratitude to Barisan Nasional. The people do not need to show gratitude to Barisan Nasional. Barisan Nasional should instead be grateful to the people. Heck, even the Sultans should be grateful to the people. Without the people’s money they would be eating sand (makan pasir, the Malays would say). And the day the people stop paying their taxes and stop voting for Barisan Nasional will be the day that those who think they are in power will realise that the people are more powerful, more powerful than even the Pharaoh and all those Malaysians who have the mind of the Pharaoh.

Dipetik dari malaysia-Today sebelum ia disekat oleh kerajaan BN.