Friday, May 23, 2008

Off She Goes To The Executioner's Block

Well, some people never learned after the March 8 thing. And this time, these people are playing the race card again and this time it involves 'brainwashing' the students in primary and secondary schools. From this piece by The Star:

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian group condemned the uniform worn by girls at government schools, saying it encouraged rape and pre-marital sex.

“The white blouse is too transparent for girls and it becomes a source of attraction,” National Islamic Students Association of Malaysia vice-president Munirah Bahari said in a statement.

“It becomes a distraction to men, who are drawn to it, whether or not they like looking at it,” she said, calling for a review of uniform policy so that it did not violate Islamic ideals.

In multicultural Malaysia, home to majority-Muslim Malays as well as ethnic Chinese and Indians, female students at government schools have a choice of wearing a white blouse with a knee-length skirt or pinafore.

They may also wear a “baju kurung” and a headscarf is optional for Malay students.

Munirah said that “covering up” according to Islamic precepts was important to fend off social ills, including “rape, sexual harassment and even premarital sex.”

“This leads to babies born out of wedlock and, to an extent, even prostitution,” she said.

“Decent clothes which are not revealing can prevent and protect women from any untoward situations,” she said, suggesting that girls wear a blouse of a different colour or with an undergarment.

However, the girls themselves also came in for criticism, with the association saying that some used the white blouse to lure men.

“This is the source of the problem, where we can see that schoolgirls themselves are capable of using this to attract men to them,” Munirah said.

“This could see them getting molested, having premarital sex and all sorts of things.” – AFP

The main purpose of school uniforms is to establish the definition that whoever is wearing that is a student of a school or something. Establishing the definition is the secondary reason of having clothes. First reason is to keep you warm and covered. Religion does not take into account or whatsoever in school attire.

My dear Munirah, if your intention is to have every student, Muslim and non-Muslim to wear everything to cover for the sake of religion, you are wrong. This is not a country with four-seasons. Instead it is either a hot or a rainy day, and since every student is given the chance to participate in physical activities, you do need to wear those tight and covering clothes. Have you forgotten about basic health, to keep you body in a consistent temperature. Having that thing just for the sake of religion contributes indirectly to a person's health, that includes blood circulation, body temperature, and well a few things. As long as you are not naked or wearing something that is not supposed in school, then it's okay. Nothing more, and why do you need to make the fuzz.

According to my friend, Edmund from Jeremiah Blues, he told me that some non-Muslim female students in Johor were made by Little Napoleons teachers / HMs / principals to wear baju Melayu and tudung, physically appearing as a Muslim girl against their will. This is not an Islamic country and it never will be. In English schools, standard uniforms that school students wear is enough to establish the physical definition of a student. Sweaters are allowed especially if it's in the winter time, that is an exception. There could be a small number of liberal Malay students, I've seen one before back in school days BTW, that wear school uniforms like non-Muslim female students. What is wrong with that? Liberal minded people would say it is the comfort that is taken into account as well!

For too long, students have been shaped into ideals that are actually wrong against the current tune that the world sings. A perfect example is on language. While it is essential for everyone to have the understanding of the National language, English has taken a step back for that thing, and as a result, many could not speak English well or not as perfect. In multi-national companies or in working environment, English is the foremost language that you must be good in otherwise you can't work in big companies. The education policy is still misguided.

My dear Munirah, whatever you say here warrants the definition of walking one step backwards. In situations where someone is playing by the race card, that person most probably is going to lose in the long run. And if this time is World War II Russia, walking one step backwards means that Munirah has 'signed a death warrant' and has consented a Comimssar to shoot 'a traitor to the Motherland like her' on sight.

Let me remind you that other people and youngsters don't put too much stock into religion nowadays and they are not too straight or too zealous in this. They have been angered by the fact that another group similar to you has protested over the Beyonce concert. She could have performed here, but they believed conservative groups like you have blocked her appearance here. People are more liberal, having a good life with religion as a rough guide is good enough. If you are attempting to force ideals on people, it is another form of communism, just as attempting to force Islamization on everything in Malaysia, that is the new form of communism!

1 comment:

  1. In all honesty, Puan or Cik Munirah, could you inform us whether during those days, when you were schooling, did you ever felt the uniform that you were wearing could lead you to a loose moral future, probably heading towards you ending up a prostitute?

    Where ever did you get such a notion?

    Where were you educated?

    Are you trying to score points so that you will be an icon of morality?

    Do you realize what you are saying? If you are a mother, I pity your daughter. In your eyes, she is an object of lust.

    Probably you are a victim of child molest. If you are, I feel for you, but please, do not poison the minds of the innocent.


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