The Malay psyche in the ‘Allah” row

An excellent analysis by Professor Marranci, Asso Prof of Anthropology, University of Western Sydney and a research fellow at the Asian Research Institute, NUS, Singapore.

I will post some excerpts here.  For the whole article, please read this link:

Recently Malaysia has been at the centre of another controversy. After the fatwa against Yoga (in which it was suggested that Muslims were better to abstain from it), the sentence against Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno (who was condemned to strokes of an “Islamic” cane), and the severed cow heads left on an area awaiting the construction of a Hindu temple, today churches, and other non-Muslim places of worship, have been torched over the issue of whether non-Malay Muslims, and in particular Christians, can use the word ‘Allah’. The Malay government, controlled by UMNO, clearly supports the opinion that “Allah” is, at least linguistically, a Malay Muslim theo-semiotic possession, despite the word being Arabic. Yet to understand the present situation we need to look at how Muslim Malaysians make sense of their social political identity within the country.

To do so we must refer to Article 160 of the Constitution of Malaysia in which a ‘Malay’ is described as a Malaysian citizen, born to a Malaysian citizen, who professes to be a Muslim, habitually speaks Bahasa Melayu, adheres to Malay customs, and is domiciled in Malaysia or Singapore. Furthermore, the constitution, in article 152, defines some privileges for Bumiputra, the Muslim ethnic majority of the country.

read more here.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Meng
    Jan 18, 2010 @ 15:59:23

    Don’t forget they also stirred up sentiment amongst the malays regarding the return of Chin Peng which is racist in nature. He was not even allowed to return for a social visit.

    They will create these ugly sentiment right up to the next GE


  2. disgusted
    Jan 19, 2010 @ 13:29:28

    The existence of the earth and the human race itself is absolutely NOT eternal. There is no immortality of humankind and planet earth.

    This is the largest picture and the TRUTH.

    The whole human race is a speck of dust in the cosmos universe.

    But this reality and truth seldom and rarely dawn on any race whose mentality is under siege of self preservation.

    Moderately speaking, this is foolish and bluntly speaking, just plain stupidity.


  3. cilipadi
    Jan 19, 2010 @ 16:04:58

    I can tell you a long list of Malay psyche, of course from my own observations and help from my Malay friend since I landed in Malaysia for so long,…. a taboo to many,……

    Want me to list???

    Malay makan cili, psyche rasa pedas


  4. CYC
    Jan 19, 2010 @ 17:26:12


    Absolutely true ! What do we pray for if we can’t even understand this TRUTH?

    Year of the TIGER is a year to reinvent ourselves. Many things including political parties will face new challenge including Lost in Transit or Simply Bust In The Air. But we may also see light at the end of the tunnel. I am not a fengshui or Yi Jing master, and only quote what they have said/predicted. Afterall, I do believe in Change is the only constant. Now, u understand those specialise in change management is great demand nowadays.


  5. disgusted
    Jan 19, 2010 @ 20:38:33

    Yeah, Cilipadi,

    Spill it and spit it out. This is the age of transparency but those who can’t see themselves in the mirror or face the naked truth, too bad.

    There is always the twin tower.


  6. Atila
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 06:28:55

    Dr. Hsu



  7. Atila
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 10:27:57

    Dr. Hsu

    In Christianity, they have the concept of Trinity, God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Ghost.

    In Islam, Allahswt has no father, no son, Allahswt is not born and being born, Allahswt is one and cannot be equivoate to any human nor any thing within the human minds & imagination.

    In the near future, Muslims will be unhappy to see scriptures “Allah sebagai bapa, Allah sebagai anak dan Roh yang Suci”.

    In USA and western countries where religion is loose and atheism thrives, they even write
    “GOD IS DEAD”. What would Muslims feel when in near future its replaced by “ALLAH IS DEAD”?


    Think of the future consequences to this country.

    So lambast saying that Muslims are medieval and not open.

    Like i said, the fan is NEW WORLD ORDER.


  8. cilipadi
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 12:24:01

    Your ‘Allah’ same as Christian’s ‘Allah’?

    For Christian, they never will say their ‘GOD IS DEAD’, unlike the atheist.

    Atheist never believe in God / Allah. So, how to die?

    God makan cili, Allah rasa pedas.


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