Bangsa Malaysia : The Way Forward (3)

Posted on June 15, 2007

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The above is an excerpt from the unanimous declaration of the 13 united states of America on 4th July, 1776.

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PREAMBLE

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world…

Article 1.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

This is part of the Preamble and the whole of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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8 (1) All persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law.

This is from our Federal Constitution.

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“The most honored among you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous  of you and God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)”  

Surah 49 verse 13 of the Holy Qur’an

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“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. “

This is an excerpt from the last sermon of the Holy Prophet.

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I read the declaration of the 13 American colonies in 1776, Article 1 of the UDHR and Article 8(1) of our constitution to be so very Islamic in that they are in harmony with the above verse and excerpt from the Holy Prophet’s sermon.

I ask my brothers and sisters who profess a belief in Islam as their way of life to consider, the next time they have occasion to bear witness that the Holy Prophet was truly the Messenger of Almighty God, whether concepts like ‘ketuanan Melayu’  and the special position of one race, accord with the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet as exemplified in the excerpt from the last sermon.

If you can begin to see that, looking at the verse from the Holy Qur’an and the excerpt from the last sermon of the Holy Prophet, Islam does not permit of the concepts of ‘ketuanan Melayu’ and special position of one race, it may become possible to unemotionally discuss about ways of trying to make ‘Bangsa Malaysia’ a reality, where all Malaysians, particularly the marginalised and poor, are provided for without considerations of race.

It might also mean that we might have a realistic chance of dismantling the real enemy of unity amongst Malaysians : race-based politics.

 

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