With immediate effect, sean-the-man decrees that all non-Chinese are to cease and desist from using the following words:
SAP SAP SUI
TIU NA SING/MA
These are Chinese words, you see.
It’s from the Chinese (language). WE CANNOT let OTHER races use it because it will confuse people.
We CANNOT allow the use of these words by non-Chinese.., nobody except Chinese.
These words are used by the Malays and Indians. It’s NOT right.
These words can only be used in the context of the Chinese race and NOT any OTHER race.
Why am I taking such a line? Because that's perfectly acceptable, according to Malaysian Deputy Internal Security Minister Johari Baharum who recently applied exactly the same 'logic' to the word 'ALLAH'.
"..ONLY Muslims can use ‘Allah’.Here's a couple of questions for Johari 'The Ayatollah' Baharum. They clearly demonstrate the futility of mere humans in purporting to speak on God/Allah's behalf, for their own petty, worldly purposes.
It’s a Muslim word, you see.
It’s from (the Arabic (language). WE CANNOT let OTHER religions use it because it will confuse people.
We CANNOT allow this use of ‘Allah’ in non-Muslim publications, nobody except Muslims.
The word ‘Allah’ is published by the Catholics. It’s NOT right."
The word ‘Allah’ can only be used in the context of Islam and NOT any OTHER religion."
- Malaysian Unplugged Uncensored and for context, Malaysiakini
1. Who died and made him the Grand Caliph and Living Prophet of Islam? Who is he, to decide what belongs to Islam and what does not? Who is he to tell people of other religions what words they can and cannot use in their religious texts?
2. What about Arabs who are Muslims and Arabs who are not Muslims? Does he speak for them concerning the use of Arabic words?
3. Does his religious decree apply to Muslims and non-Muslims outside Malaysia?
If anyone was trying to confuse people, it's Johari 'The Second Coming' Baharum. But if you ask me, I reckon the explanation for the deputy minister's statement is simple.
In his eagerness to justify his Internal Security Ministry's intention to ban any non-Islam religious publications in Bahasa Malaysia, he neglected to ensure that his excuse, in the process, does not require him to ascend the throne of Grand All-Powerful Imam and Global Mufti for all schools of Islam.
And by the way, Johari 'The Voice of God' Baharum is only the deputy minister. His boss and minister is no other than Abdullah 'I am the PM of all Malaysians' Badawi. So, is this religious intolerance Islam Hadhari talking?
And one more thing. From now on, no Brits, Yankees and other non-Cantonese speakers of the English language may use the words DELAY NO MORE.