IIU can make non-Muslims wear headscarves - Injustice

IIU can make non-Muslims wear headscarvesOct 26, 05 4:47pm
The government has endorsed a university's ruling that requires non-Muslim women to wear headscarves (or 'tudung') on its campuses.
The minister in charge of national unity, Maximus Ongkili, said the decision by the International Islamic University earlier this year was not a religious one, but merely part of university procedures. "As the rule was approved by the university senate, it is not religious in nature but a matter of uniforms that must be followed. It does not breach basic human rights," Ongkili was quoted as saying in the Star daily. The growing influence of Islam on Malaysian society over the past two decades has seen a major increase in the number of Malay Muslim women wearing headscarves as a sign of religious devotion. Ongkili told Parliament that Malaysians had to respect rules formulated by the government and other institutions to prevent social unrest. "In a multi-racial country each community must respect one another. But at the same time we must respect the laws of the country, institutions and organisations to ensure there is no disturbance to the community," he said.
Why the change now? He was responding to opposition leader Lim Kit Siang, who had read out an email from a non-Muslim undergraduate from the university complaining she was forced to wear a headscarf to her graduation ceremony. Lim accused the government of recanting on an April statement that non-Muslims would be "encouraged" but not forced to wear headscarves. "So why the change now? Is this not disrespectful of a plural society," he said. The government-funded International Islamic University has three campuses around Malaysia. Its board includes representatives from the governments of Pakistan, Libya, Egypt, the Maldives, Bangladesh and Turkey, as well as the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.

From the book of Job

am reminded again today by the book of Job. Very true that many times human like to think that we know how God thinks , especially when we look at the interaction with his 3 friends .

Just like to extrapolate this a bit to the topic of prophecies when disaster happens. When the tsunami hits, various prophets were using that as a reason that God punishes and kill those who 1) pagans , 2) history of Christian persecution ( India , Indonesia ) 3) corrupt society and this comes at that time a real disservice to the Christians as a whole in terms of timing as well as the ‘uncaring’ nature of such accusations/ revelations. And almost all were from the west ( namely US ) or perhaps influenced by their work. They come with mighty words , a worldview shaped by their own civilization / understanding and claims to be on top of the prophet chain. As we look at the 3 friends of Job ,they are reasoned to be people of high standing, repute, wisdom or wealth yet their logical understanding of the causes of Job’s suffering was not what they think.

Yet , it causes the ‘working’ Christians on the field to suffer. The missionaries and workers in relief work were affected. And to me they are the ones who displayed the true nature of Christ – going down to the field ( of sick , weak and oppressed ) to lend a hand instead of preaching from the pedestal in a holier-than-thou-attitude. We see that in Acheh, Christian groups were then not allowed out of the town , not granted access to those in need and made redundant. And I wonder if the ‘pagans’ in India and Sri Langka would treat their Christian countryman better now.

Yet , we have a just God. When Katrina hits New Orleans , the sole prophecy was that it was because God is punishing the city for its past history in vice, gambling , pubs etc. Suddenly , that prophecy ( only one that I hear ) caused a stir in the US. Yes , it worked in the tsunami because the affected people were in a different continent and perhaps of different faith. And suddenly, the caveat that God punishes pagans/ Christian persecutors / corrupt society does not seem reasonable or politically correct. The prophets were suddenly quiet. And when another hurricane hits Florida and stretches of Christian conservative homeland ( Texas , etc), not one prophet dared to speak up. In all fairness, I have also not heard any big prophecies on the earthquake on Pakistan. Hopefully they are putting their energy to better uses now by working on the field perhaps.

For sure, this is not a general sweeping statement that all of these prophecies are not true yet brings into question about some of the practices of us humans and Christians in specific. I would agree on the prophecy that in the final days there are more disasters , suffering and false prophets. But, this is already in the book of Revelation. And true to our human nature to want to reason out everything or to be in ‘the know’ , sometimes it is just better to see that in the bigger picture of what God has and again , it is in the bible. And of course, the bible ask us to be careful in the final days as the beast , the women and the false prophet do have its follower and priests ( prophets) and is as cunning as the roaring lion. Secondly , our conduct as Christians do impact other people. Esp. in this day of fast communication , it will come back to us. The storming of a Coptic church in Egypt 2 days ago due to the emergence of a DVD of the church’s Christmas play on a conversion of a Muslim is another example. Thirdly , we have to come out of our schema / worldview and test our understanding. Be humble in knowledge that “My tots are higher than your tots and my ways are higher than your.”.

Thanks for spending the time to read these tots. In the end , my ‘prophecy’ of the hurricanes is because the temperature on earth is warmer due our neglect as steward. ( Reap what you sow ) . And the hurricane hitting Texas is due to George Bush J

P.S On further tots.
1. Just amazed that that there is now a multi level marketing Prophecy system with churches paying money to get their pastors into this association. Next, there will have a Certified prophet programme perhaps.
2. this is not confined to Christians. I remember 2 years ago to reply strongly against an Muslim based email spreading accusations.. And when they try to link 26th December ( day of tsunami ) as the day that major catrastophies will / did happen as a judgment against Christianity , alcohol drinking and merriment - the almost same message was given.

Eulogy for Datin Seri Endon

Rather a sad day as she has been a great PM wife - diligent , helpful , calm , sensitive. ... and a fighter . Still remember seeing her on TV after her earlier chemo session , frail yet smilling. We had been praying for her and PM. She has been the pillar of support for our PM, and more so after the passing of PM's mother ( if I recall corectly ) . And so , lets remember PM as well as it gets lonelier on top in running the government and implementing his ideas. As a HR practisioner , I am attuned to his drive towards upholding principle and integrity as well as championing for the welfare of the people. Recalling a popular expression " Behind every great man there is a greater woman" ... such a loss to a growing nation.

Another enjoyable view. Basically trying to keep awake due to the wind. Posted by Picasa

Ah .. wonderful view of Bangkok city by the river. Here is where the big hotels are. Posted by Picasa

One of the best looking temple i have seen beside the Chao Phraya . Can you see? Posted by Picasa

Hemm .. how the room looks like. got a special room that faces the car park. the upsdie of it is that it is easy to board my chopper since the launchpad is just 50 metres away Posted by Picasa

Lotsa beer .. betcha. Posted by Picasa

Wonderful thai performers . looked like from a TV show. The best performer is a guy with great muscles. Girls were very pretty Posted by Picasa

Naranee , Suganya and Audrey - our trip to a German beerhouse which is packed of Thais .. good food and entertainment . Posted by Picasa

Nana ... nickname for sweatheart Posted by Picasa

Gonngg....  Posted by Picasa

Used to be trader Vics ... mamak Joe Posted by Picasa

Lotsa lights. we went photo hunting since the rest went back o sleep Posted by Picasa

Hey , safe and sound. Back after the dinner. Poor fellas behind have to wait us to clear the path Posted by Picasa

Spirit come.... Posted by Picasa

Dinner on the boat. notice the waiter who joined us in this photo. hilarious Posted by Picasa

Pork burger in thai McD . no fair Posted by Picasa

Cleopatra - waiting for the demure Thai girl to finish her registration. took us another 30 minutes to get it done. Hurrry Posted by Picasa

Super mural. notice the fine artwork that is blocked by me. haha Posted by Picasa

Nice lamp at the registration counter. Made out of a light under red cloth and a black sheen.  Posted by Picasa

Super welcome kit Posted by Picasa

Arrival . a 2 hour trip plus 40 minutes from Donng Muang to the hotel. Paid Baht 800 - found out later that it only costs Baht 200-300

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