It’s been a rough year for me and it’s only February!
Someone tagged me at this post:
which is titled “PAS election gimmick” by Mariam Mokhtar. Actually, I had read other papers reporting on the same matter and giving slightly different perspectives and angles.
To be fair, I will include this post that my friend added in the comments:
So anyway, here was my opinion on this sensitive and delicate matter…
I had some reservations commenting on this matter.
I honestly think the Kelantan government should focus on providing:
1) More for the poor children in their state, since there are already so many, then focusing purely on increasing the numbers of children through polygamy. Shouldn’t children from polygamous marriages be raised by their fathers income as per the Quran?
2) Clean water with good pressure. We need double filters and extra pumps just to have the same quality as that in other places in Malaysia.
3) Better garbage removal systems that will improve not only cleanliness but also will help control diseases like dengue and leptospirosis.
4) Provide the general public with more public parks and places to exercise, what with Kelantan having the highest rates of diabetes.
5) Assist those single people who need support getting married, assist single mothers who face difficulties providing for the children, get ex husband to pay alimony on time, assist first time home buyers to purchase real estate…
6) Last but not least, resolve the yearly flood problem. There must be something we can do to prevent the floods or at least create systems to reduce its impact, as we know, the ones who suffer the most are the ones who are also the poorest and most vulnerable.
I have a lot of Kelantanese friends over the years, I know some will be offended by this. Please understand I am not against polygamy, I am against the abuse of polygamy we see so often. I am also all out for helping the poor and needy. These comments are made from my personal observation living here three years plus, and it is not a “I am better than you because I’m from Selangor” type of status, rather, “Let’s stop politicians abusing religion (and indirectly women and children)”.
I was quite surprised that the majority of comments actually agreed and supported my ideas, and a lot of them admitted they were Kelantanese. Wow, that, I certainly did not expect. Alhamdulillah. I’m glad that many people ‘see’ what I see.
There were other good suggestions that I thought I should make note off.
1. Open bath houses/ hamams so that everybody can get clean
2. Ensure clean water supply to the community (the water to the Alhambra and surrounding areas came from the aqueduct built by the Ummayyad caliphs)
3. Establish a welfare system for all under their watch – the Baitulmal
4. Do all the other public health stuff: drainage system, garbage disposal system, hospitals.
5. Ensure the rights of the non-Muslims who are at peace with them (The Hezbollah government in Southern Lebanon paid to repair the damage done to Synagogues by Israeli bombardment in 2005)
In this case, the current Kelantan government has failed the mandate / amanah given to them. What they are doing to the Orang Asli is shameful.