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Socks, shoes and smashed deity idols: Are hidden hands at work to raise the political mercury?

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Publish date: Wed, 10 Apr 2024, 08:15 AM

Editor’s Note: Hopefully. the wise and timely intervention by His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim King of Malaysia on the eve of Hari Raya which is celebrated today (April 10) will quell undesirable elements from continuing to sow discord in Malaysia’s plural society.

THOSE who plan to binge-watch during the Hari Raya holidays should consider V For Vendetta, a dystopian political action movie. There’s a famous line in the 2005 film which goes “there’s no coincidences, only the illusion of coincidence”.

Whether it’s a case of art imitating life, the famous quote from the movie inspired by a graphic novel resonates with many to this day.

Those who follow Malaysian politics long enough would also know that when it comes to “coincidences”, there is often more than meets the eye.

Of late, a series of touchy incidents has gripped the nation’s attention, threatening to drive a wedge in our already divided polity. First, it was the brouhaha over a pair of socks with the “Allah” inscription found in a KK Super Mart outlet.

This has led to calls for boycott spearheaded by UMNO Youth head, Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh of the 24-hour convenience store chain despite the company’s top management having apologised profusely for the genuine oversight.

In resisting the blanket boycott, the DAP called on the Merlimau state assemblyman to stop fanning racial-religious flames for political mileage. Things came to a head when three KK Super Mart outlets were attacked by arsonists with molotov cocktails.

Last week, Dr Akmal who is also the Melaka state executive councillor in-charge of rural development, agriculture and food security was briefly detained for questioning in Kota Kinabalu for sedition - an act that only infuriated his supporters and worsened the racial gulf.

Barely has the socks issue subsided, another footwear controversy blew up over the weekend. A viral video claiming that the soles of a shoe by Vern’s contained an “Allah” inscription made the rounds.

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The shoe wholesaler promptly apologised and offered a refund for customers but insisted that the supposed “Allah” calligraphy was in fact a stylised heel design and not meant to insult Muslims.

In any case, the police took no chances and seized 1,145 pairs of shoes from the company’s outlets in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor and Kedah.

As if the political temperature is not high enough, another video of a man filming himself vandalising a Chinese shrine in Manjung, Perak had gone viral several days ago. Police have since arrested a 35-year-old lorry driver for defiling a place of worship with intent to insult the religion and misuse of network facilities.

Are these three incidents which took place within a short span, separate and unrelated? Or are they being orchestrated in succession with the sole aim of raising the political tension in the country? If not orchestrated, were there covert attempts to amplify these incidents to achieve the same?

So far, the authorities have not indicated that these incidents are connected. But one cannot be faulted for thinking that there could be “unseen hands” pulling the strings for sinister reasons.

For example, some social media users have postulated that Dr Akmal’s racial posturing was done on the behest of political masters out to destablise the unity government.

On the flip side, there are those who question why the government did not act sternly enough to clamp down on those fanning racial-religious sentiments as this would only embolden would-be agent provocateurs. Some even questioned if this was a deliberate move to achieve political gains.

But as long as such flare-ups continue to pockmark our political landscape, Malaysians will continue to assume that these are not “coincidences” - regardless of whether or not malevolent puppeteers are pulling the strings. - April 10, 2024

 

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chinaman

whoever smashed deity idols will get Karma soon. don't worry...

1 month ago

icecool

hidden hands is one part of the problem, the other part of the problem is the people so eager to fight in the name of religion.

1 month ago

EngineeringProfit

Let's not fuel this issue further; it only plays into their hidden motives. Ignorance can't be justified. Now, they've devised a strategy to pressure vernacular schools into hiring tens of thousands of jobless Arabic graduates from the Middle East to teach Khatoon.

1 month ago

Income

Past religious viruses have spread. Can’t contain religious viruses in the bottle already???

1 month ago

EngineeringProfit

Don't play play with heavily public funded moral police force. Look at Iran, Gestapo, etc. Learn from history - they themselves with get absolute.power to corrupt absolutely and turn barbarically brutal, ruining the universal humanism value in the whole nation mercilessly

Posted by Income > 1 minute ago | Report Abuse

https://youtu.be/9BDWV9udwFg?si=mZhkzuR_aPvEF7fJ
Jakim coming…

1 month ago

speakup

malaysia = afganistan 2.0

1 month ago

EngineeringProfit

Not in my state Sarawak- simply because majority of the people here i.e. more than 50% are Christians. And unlike the rich nonsense in west msians, we are not migrating out- although some of us do hold double citizenship

Posted by speakup > 10 minutes ago | Report Abuse

malaysia = afganistan 2.0

1 month ago

Income

Don’t migrate out. Married two to four WiFi to compete child population lah. Wealth alone is useless compare to population numbers in biz, politics, cultural etc. When you can’t compete, at least follow WiFi quotas = 4.

1 month ago

qqq47660

Socks and shoes...these are not mainstream. Just ignore

1 month ago

qqq47660

Just some attention seekers

1 month ago

EngineeringProfit

Better let everyone get exhausted this way. If we don't dwell into these problems of the medieval past, do you expect the resources could be relocated to explore quantum reality, or develop quantum computing and tech????

1 month ago

qqq47660

trust better than dwell

1 month ago

EngineeringProfit

Making a national issue of artistic designs of worm or pop song of namewe is an international joke!

Posted by speakup > 2 minutes ago | Report Abuse

in singapore, ppl are too busy with developing the country
in malaysia, ppl are too busy with 3R
see the difference

1 month ago

EngineeringProfit

Energy and resources that could have been allocated to constructive endeavors such as education, infrastructure, and economic development are instead diverted towards maintaining control or dominance within the society. This hampers progress and impedes the well-being of the population.

1 month ago

EngineeringProfit

Scientifically polygamy has bad impact on children.

Impact on Children: Growing up in a polygamous household can affect children's development, including their understanding of relationships, family dynamics, and gender roles. It may also lead to identity issues or a sense of instability.

1 month ago

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