Friday, January 12, 2007

An insult to the Malay mindset?

Million ringgit smile: THE smile on Abdul Razak Mat's face says it all. The 53-year-old carpenter from Kelantan became an instant millionaire thanks to TM. — KAMAL SELLEHUDDIN / The Star

Encik Abdul Razak Mat from Pasir Puteh, Kelantan was the RM1mil grand prize winner of Telekom Malaysia's customer reward programme held last year.

Of course common sense will tell us that life will never be the same as before for this carpenter. And why should it be?

But during the press conference, some people had the audacity to ask him whether he would marry again because presumably, he is now rich enough to afford one more, if not 3 more, wives.

Did he feel insulted? I don't know. Did his wife and six kids feel insulted? I don't know either.

But such questions does give rise to the perception that the Malay mindset is preoccupied with sex. More money means one can afford to have more wives, legally. And logically, what do you want more wives for, if not for more sexual excitement?

Well, at least that is how it seems to a non-Malay like me. I don't know how some people can be so publicly rude and insulting to Encik Abdul Razak Mat.



Blogger lainie said...

and these are the people who write the things others read :/

12/1/07 19:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think the star trying to make a point about instant millionaires being created by glcs etc etc

hmmmmmm, but i guess the malay culture is polygamous. so i don't think it's rude. it may appear rude to ppl who monogamy to be sacrosanct. to them, it may be a valid question as polygamy is 'accepted' in their religion. so he has the means now, there is no reason why.

i don't think it's only the malay culture that is obsessed with sex. historical facst show that MEN in general are 'sex-crazed' with many cultures including the chinese exhibiting a tendency to have multiple female partners.

some cultures like in bhutan, women have more say and may haev more than one husband.

again, this a cultural phenomenon.

13/1/07 01:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Friends,
Nature didn't necessarily create men to be monogamous, you know. There's a long history, probably going back to cave-dwelling days, of men who have the necessary means to take on more than one mate.
Its got nothing to do with Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism or any other religion. Its just nature...But your average Ali or Ah Beng can't afford it, so no need to discuss sociological theory, lah.

13/1/07 15:51  

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