Thursday, June 01, 2006

Maha Dubya - let's talk war not peace

I wonder if someone has taken leave of his senses.

When world peace is something all of us should promote for the sake of humanity and for the sake of our children and the future generations to come, we have in our own backyard, a prominent ex-leader urging Muslims to amass their own cache of WMD citing "religious obligation" to strengthen defence capabilities.

From The Star, 1 June 2006 (N18):-

Build own arms, Muslims urged

ALOR STAR: It is high time Muslims built their own brand of weaponry for mass protection, said former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

They should not depend on weapons created by others, as the enemy could easily penetrate their defence system if it knew the weaknesses in the “imported” systems, he said.

“To enhance our own defence capabilities, we must build our own brand of sophisticated weapons,” he added. Weapons the Muslims could learn to make included pistols, rockets, fighter aircraft and cannons, Dr Mahathir said.

“Not that we (Muslims) want to attack others, but we need to protect our ummah (masses),” he said, adding that it was a religious obligation to strengthen defence capabilities.

Dr Mahathir said this when closing a learning camp for UPSR pupils, Kem Kedah Gemilang 2006, at the Mara Junior Science College in Pendang, near here, yesterday. A total of 404 pupils from 33 schools in the Pendang district, as well as their parents, teachers and villagers, attended the event.

Dr Mahathir said Muslims worldwide were being oppressed because they were unable to defend themselves. “Muslims are weak because we have not made the necessary preparation to defend and protect ourselves and the masses. We could not do it because we have not mastered the knowledge of science,” he said.

In this regard, he said, the Government was emphasising the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English. Recalling that he was “not so clever” in his young days, Dr Mahathir said he was among the lower-ranked students when he went to medical school. “But I pulled through because I studied repeatedly until I could visualise the pages in the textbooks,” he said, adding that he had to work harder than most others. “Students should apply this technique of studying repeatedly to excel in their studies.” He added that the boys should buck up because the girls now made up 60% of the university student population.

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To make such a call in a speech targetted at 12 year olds and their family members, teachers and villagers (most if not all of them Muslims) in a learning camp at a Junior Science College - can we call that highly inappropriate, even irresponsible and irrational and unwarranted?

Should we not preach peace to our young minds? That there are better & non-confrontational ways to solve our differences?

What is the purpose of this speech?

What good will it do to the Muslim society at large when right at this very moment, we are facing some of the most fearsome terrorist movements being waged by underground fanatics and deviants of this peaceful religion?

Is strength to be equated with the ability to destroy in a violent way?

Is superiority to be equated with the ability to make others cow in submission and fear at your ability to annihilate with just a push of a button?

I'm just too shocked and awed by this piece of news.

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9 Comments:

Blogger howsy said...

I didn't bother to click the news as I thought it might be just another sarcasm by Maha to call for them to equip themselves with knowledge yadda yadda. But I was wrong! This is a call for terrorism!

Is he senile and delusional now?

1/6/06 17:20  
Blogger Anak Merdeka said...

Howsy, if you look at the same event being reported in the NST, you will see that the offensive remark was left out (deliberately?). Looks like Jalan Riong agrees with us? This old man can still be pretty dangerous with his misplaced propaganda.

1/6/06 18:22  
Blogger Maverick SM said...

Let's make arms? This is not part of Malaysia-Boleh. What for? The Russians with hundreds of years of expertise is still struggling with arms technology. Without R&D and massive investments, we may get blow-pipes and bows and arrows and sickles.

1/6/06 18:27  
Blogger Anak Merdeka said...

Mave,what is frightening is when he talked of enemies of Muslims in this multi-racial & multi-religious country of ours. Who are their enemies?

1/6/06 19:06  
Blogger desiderata said...

I still prefer you Three as Da Musketeers, I'll front sumtimes as D*art; we'll invite Der Mahathir as Alexander Dumas to write da APisodes for RTMElm.:)

Don't get worked UP-lah, Anak Mredeka, it's just entertainment for kiddies-o and grabbing some Press headlines...(fighting with Bloggers for dwinkling space...)

Wonder if D*art can sell his MM space to the good Doc for RM20mil?
Anak M, you neGOtiate-lah,,give ye 30%...CON!
We'll buy the Other 2 tehtarik, teh tolak oso-cun:(

1/6/06 19:53  
Blogger Anak Merdeka said...

You just burst my angst bubble Desi, thanks! Hiya - thot I could rant a bit after a series of mild postings. Liddat no fun lar! LOL :)

1/6/06 21:17  
Blogger Innerflame7 said...

Hmm...Sounds more like a political move to earn leverage. But it's sad why people stoop to such low measures.

Anyway, found ur blog from Twisted Heels.

3/6/06 18:13  
Blogger Anak Merdeka said...

Welcome Innerflame7. Like Desi's favourite welcome drink - one tehtarik for you on this house!

5/6/06 13:45  
Blogger Dhanen said...

Hi, jz my 2cents. There is a small amount of reason in what he said. After all, in the event of hostilities, having a defence system thats been designed by an enemy or one of its allies would be disastrous. That being said, wonder why he chose that venue ?

5/6/06 21:58  

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