Friday, February 10, 2006

News: We are not violent

Some of you may know that the recent row about the cartoons of Prophet Mohammed and freedom of expression in Denmark has gotten somewhat out of hand. It's pretty much affecting the world now, including Malaysia with the recent suspension of Sarawak Tribune's license.

Here's a quote arising from the whole issue that seemed interesting enough to make it on this blog.

Being interviewed by BBC, and responding to queries as to whether Muslims REALLY are extremists:
"They want to know whether Muslims are extremists or not. Death to
them and to their newspapers

- Mawli Abdul Qahar Abu Israra, Protester

OK ~ we got our questions answered. :)


At February 10, 2006 5:49 PM, Anonymous Antonia said...

Freedom of speech does not exist in Malaysia. That's the sad truth.

Sarawak Tribune didn't came up with the caricature. They were just publishing what is a global hot topic and everyone mistook it as a form of anti-Islam or something.

I know someone working for the paper. She thinks it's time to look for a new job, since the suspension is for indefinite time.

At February 10, 2006 7:02 PM, Blogger Jo said...

so sometimes we have to mind our language ..mind our speech (words)...
the world is getting crazy now...OMG!
i still remembered that one blogger got sued and published out in newspaper..there's no such thing freedom of speech in Msia. :(

At February 10, 2006 9:51 PM, Anonymous m@ri said...

There use to be freedom of speech in the Western World, look at it now. You think it's possible in Malaysia now that the western world has lost it too?

This is so sad. This is the work of a couple of people in a newspaper & the Muslim wants the country to apoligized? Give me a break la... I wonder is there anyway to see the caricature online? Vincent.. do you have any link? I want to know is the big fuss about?

At February 10, 2006 11:15 PM, Anonymous Antonia said...

for the above commentor, you can see them at

Nothing too outrageous that warranted the fuss, IMO.

At February 11, 2006 9:33 AM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

Antonia: Yeah it's pretty darn sad. A note though... it is pretty demeaning for the Muslims to have Muhammed depicted in pictures, so the insensitivities on part of the Europeans finally took its toll.

BUT still, the general reaction by the Muslims around the world seemed to have taken up and EXTREMELY negative stance, which I disagree to totally!

Jo: Well, the blogger I know was HB from But he was being saught after I guess, because of incriminating evidence on his blog, that he HAD IN HIS POSSESION, and USED illegal substances in real life... Is there another blogger that was sued?

m@ri: I believe that this insensitivity really should have been noted by the Europeans even before hell broke loose. BUT on the other hand, the way they see it, is that Arabs say demeaning things about non-Muslims anyway.

Eg.~ They call us "infidels", and most of the protestors in the Middle East would usually chant "deaths to the Americans"... This, I believe is what fuels the fire, as far as angering the 'West', and making them refusing to let go of the subject.

Antonia: Thanks for the link.

M@ri: So instead of letting go, more hatred is fueled via sites like these that just would not back down of the Muslim cartoon row.

It's a bloody deadlock as far as I can see for the next few weeks...

At February 11, 2006 1:28 PM, Anonymous m@ri said...

Dear Vince, I don't think this issue will be solved so soon. No one seem to be backing down and each have their stance. But it's pretty stupid really, because of one man, the world get histerical. But come to think of it, the Prophet is only 1 man too, so is Jesus... Sad, sad...

At February 12, 2006 6:48 AM, Anonymous Laynie said...

To mister Mawli:

Way to go, smartypants.

At February 12, 2006 2:08 PM, Blogger Simon says said...

In the absence of a current global tradegy, the world continues to focus on this censorship subject, but has now been manifested into something much more. With such continued media attention, due you think Big Brother is doing it on purpose to force people to take sides? The beginings of a larger conflict... Maybe I have no idea what I am talking about, but just wish we could all get along and move past this!

At February 13, 2006 2:24 PM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

m@ri: Agreed... won't be resoved for awhile.

laynie: Eh eh... apa cakap ni?

Simon: Welcome to the blog. Well, it's more than just censorship. I guess the whole thing stemmed from respecting religions, which really... the Muslims seem to be trying to pull off a double standard here.


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