A question of sensitivity
As a Muslim, I am embarrassed at the slaughtering of cows and goats in the Parliament compound. I agree that the intention was noble, that is to celebrate our prime minister's marriage.
The issue here is respecting the sensitivities of others. Is it very difficult? As a multi-racial nation and living side by side with various communities for so long, have we forgotten that the cow is sacred for the Hindus? Did none of the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BBC) members give it a thought?
I hope the BBC members have not forgotten how sensitive Muslims in
In the same light, we should also be sensitive to others.
Didn't anybody think there will also be non-Muslim MPs from the BN and Opposition who will join in to celebrate the PM's wedding?
This insensitivity has happened a number of times. It is not unusual to see the slaughter of cows "live" on TV during the Hari Raya Kurban festival. I am not against slaughtering cows but please feel for our Hindu friends and others.
It is difficult to understand the excuse given by BBC chairperson Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar that it was done with good intentions. He also said if not at the parliament where else? Mr MP, I can't believe I am hearing this from you.
More disappointing was the excuse given by our respectable Parliament Speaker Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib who said it is a common practice. I agree it is common practice, but can't we be uncommon?
I always believe that if we give due respect to others, then we will receive the same. You reap what you sow. Another rule to follow: Do not do unto others what you don't want others to do unto you.
It is very heartwarming to hear some MPs like Fong Poh Kuan (Batu Gajah) and Kulasegaran (Ipoh Barat) who have spoken for the Hindus. Of course BBC member Devamany (
I sincerely believe a simple apology for this oversight is in order.