Tuesday, 4 January 2011


Progress is a very subjective thing among individuals. But it has been agreed that the term progress itself is a universal indicator on how a person's dreams becomes realized in any way possible - a kind of solace and contemplation of a person's journey towards his/her respective life.

But in a bigger context, an individual's idea of progress can also be affecting other people as well. This can be clearly illustrated in our minds through the works of politics.

Yes, the man who controls the office rules the people.

But still, the political atmosphere of our country not only affects the secular environments but also affects the lifestyle as well as the social fabric of our multiethnic society.

Which turn to take?

While most countries tried their best to cast away the influence of religion in pursuing progress, one could not help but to realize that we are heading towards the opposite direction - towards religion in order to pursue success.

Religion, in the form of Islam which are the official religion of the Federation of Malaysia and therefore is implemented in national level - had change Malaysians in term of their culture from their ancestral roots towards Islamic values.

The most obvious case that we could found here is veiling issue. Do we realize that when looking at the 60's films, especially the P. Ramlee's films that it's hard or almost impossible to find a single veiled women?

An example of a typical Malay appearances during the 60's.
(from the movie Madu Tiga)

I tend to think that the women at that time are just like nowadays, where the elites or well-known figure likes to dress in a very sexy kebaya with hairs being tighten up at the back in "siput" style and with some scarf hanging at their neck or sometimes being loosely put onto their head, in which I guess they considered as a veil.

Well, it's so obvious that we've become secularized back then as we were almost right now. But how are we changing and becoming what we are right now?

I think politics as well as globalization do plays a role there. Wan Ssei said on his blog that during the 80's, people are veiled are subjected to social prejudice, where they're labeled as extremists and as a sign of regression. But the awareness towards promoting women to become veiled had long rooted during the 70's where some politicians and NGO's started to promote veiling towards Muslim women.

And now, despite being challenged consistently by left-wing political party in which tries to separate the influential Islam from the government, and therefore the constitution, but with the majority of the lawmakers as well as the people still adherent to the religion, Islam still a part of the governments, as well as the culture and society.

But politics, as people already known is a very nasty business to be involved with these days. Politicians tend to do anything to get secure their way towards power and money. Bribes, corruption, slandering other people etc. are the most common practice of unscrupulous politician, which are very hard to be differentiated.

So is it a very good idea putting Islam side by side with politics?

The most obvious case can be seen is in Turkey's political history - Mustafa Kemal Ataturk whom are cherished by the secularist as the so-called "liberator" of the conservative old Turkey and being damned notoriously by the Islamic world as the destroyer of the caliphate imperialism.

He is one of the most extraordinary cases as well as his notoriously achievement that shows how a single person can revoked the deep-rooted culture of Ottoman Empire and reshaping it to the contrary completely without the influence of Communism like in Russia or China, but merely just an act of defiance against religious order in the name of progress and secularism.

Kemalists said they does not believe in God and rejected God's teachings in the life.
Ironically, in the end they worship Ataturk, an ordinary human being as God.

So what happen in the end for Turkey, after a period of religious and ethnicity turmoil as well as economic recession that brings them almost onto the Turkish knees. Are they achieved the prosperity and progress that they've promoted by relying only through secularism and pragmatism? Not as I can remember.

In the end, the rise of Islamic consciousness into their political atmosphere that saves their fate from total destruction that they brought upon themselves due to their arrogance towards God. Alas the society had been guided back towards their ancestral roots.

To put things simple, what our society will become in the future depends on whom leading the way today. It depends on how what a person in capable of. Therefore becoming a leader is a very heavy responsibilities, and these burden are also carried out by the politicians, regardless of how their quality are.

And that's what politics is all about.

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