Friday, January 14, 2011

'Burning of Interlok insults Agong, literary greats'

A group of five NGOs today filed five separate police reports against the burning of controversial novel 'Interlok' and the picture of its author, Abdullah Hussein, last Saturday.

NONEThe group claimed that the torching incident was a direct insult to the book's author, the nation's literary greats and also the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The police reports, filed at the Dang Wangi police station at 3pm, also claimed that the book burning was an attack on the dignity of the author and smelled of excessive hatred that could spark racial tensions and the anger of the Malays.

The five NGOs include Gapena and Pena, representing Malay literature writers, aside from Ikatan Melayu Asli Nusantara, Majlis Permuafakatan PIBG Nasional and Majlis Kebudayaan Negeri Selangor.

The group have also urged the police to investigate Kota Raja MP Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud and Kota Alam Shah state assemblyperson M Manoharan over their involvement in Saturday's protest.

All five police reports stated that “their presence at the protest was an acknowledgement and acceptance” of the book burning and that they should be investigated because as political leaders, they hold great influence.

Siti Mariah earlier today however denied supporting the book burning, stating that in no way did her brief presence at the event mean that she supported the Indian community's opposition to the book.

Book burning insult to education system

PIBGN president Prof Madya Mohamad Ali Hassan told journalists that the book burning is also an insult to the national education system perpetrated by those who are “childish, immature and hard up for political mileage”.

Saying he is speaking on behalf of parents nationwide, Mohamad Ali said education should not be politicised; instead it should be discussed intellectually and civilly.

“The burning of the novel is a bad example and rude for Malaysian citizens. We do not want this to continue and it should be stopped... this is not the way to protest.”

Mohamad Ali noted that PIBGN and Koperasi Kedai Buku Universiti Malaya will jointly organise an open forum at Rumah Universiti on Jan 26 at 2pm to find an acceptable solution to the on-going controversy.

In a related development, Gapena will host a gathering with other NGOs in a bid to find common ground on how to deal with the controversial novel.

Gapena media officer Borhan Mat Zain said the gathering will be held this Saturday (Jan 15) at 2pm at Rumah Gapena near the Dewan Bahasa dan Pusaka building.

Gapena is also scheduled to present a memorandum of protest over the book burning to the Education Ministry at 3pm tomorrow.


seals: When the Indians fight for their own pride and rights, how can it "spark racial tensions and the anger of the Malays". Is the one who made the statement is so blind or he is just using (as the norm of UMNO) this statement to show its power and create a fear?

One day they will tell talking bad about UMNO will also "could spark racial tensions and the anger of the Malays", and will bring in the AGONG.

Can NOT the Indians demand what they think is right ?

Why I am against this book:

1. It will create a degrading statement soon, among the young minds, the same work is used to call the INDIANS by the others for sure it will widen the racial GAP and create a dis harmony situation in Malaysia and this is against the direction of 1Malaysia.

In 1Malaysia we are one if I AM called a PRIAH so will be the rest of the MALAYSIAN.

2. The purpose why this book was inserted into the Malaysian Education system (the mind of the young leaders and the citizen). This has a psychological war tactic that in years to come the mind of the leaders of tomorrow programmed in a way that the Indians are PENDATANG.

"The PENDATANG came from a bad and poor life in India and got a shelter in Malaysia and received in Mercy by the locals". Will, make a mind set of the leaders (of tomorrow) that the Indians are pendatang and they cannot or do not deserve the rights to demand in Malaysia. They are PENDATANG and we accepted in Mercy. That is what the leaders (of tomorrow) will say and manage.

The Indians at that time since it is well programmed, will too think they are the pendatang and let go of the rights as a community that at one time did play a great role in getting the independence for Malaysia and contributed towards the development of Malaysia.

The evidence that I see here is, the History do not talk (or little) about the contributions of the Indians and Chinese.

This is I see as part of the UMNO AGENDA in our education system. The same I see on why they try to appoint a Malays Guru Besar in Tamil and Chinese schools and import tamil / Chinese language into SK school

The above are my 1 cent on why I disagree with the BOOK. If the Malaysian education system said it is still right. Then well said ...i will too follow what is said in the book I read in Form 6 Malay Literature "Keluarga Gurilya" i will start to use some of the words that is used in that book. Since that book was part of my education. And the book too educated me to fight for my nation ... I will do that too.

Tanah Tumpah Darah Saya ... This is MALAYSIA, MY LAND!

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