Our columnist responds in his satirical manner to Ridhuan Tee’s warning.
Unlike ordinary journalists, who are not qualified to speak about Islam, Tee is an Islamic academic. It would do us well to heed him.
According to him in a recent article, at the current rate of conversion of Indonesian Muslims to Christianity, our southern neighbour will have a Christian majority by the year 2035.
How can Malaysian Muslims let that happen! Over our dead body!
Ridhuan Tee, who has long styled himself a champion of Islam, noted that Muslim Indonesians converted to Christianity due to a variety of factors, including the high poverty rate there and the lack of laws to protect Muslims against Christian proselytisation.
He warned that the Christianisation movement was on the upswing in this country.
Now it would be embarrassing to find out that after all our efforts to proselytise among the non-Malays, the number of Muslims in this country is actually declining.
If what Ridhuan Tee says is true, then there is really a cause for concern and we need to stem the tide. No wonder our concerned government decided to ban Malay Bibles and to prohibit non-Muslims from mentioning God’s name.
And with so many Malays still living below the poverty line, the danger is ever present, especially when one considers the fact that the Indonesians are converting in order to get out of poverty.
But how come so many Malays in Malaysia are still poor? Why hasn’t Umno done its job of lifting the Malays out of poverty?
Perhaps Ridhuan Tee will answer these questions in a later article. Continuing with our review of his latest article, Ridhuan Tee cited a passage from the Quran to suggest that Muslims should treat Christians as their enemies.
Well, if the Christians continue to proselytise among Muslims, then they are indeed the enemy. Luckily, the Muslims have not tried to proselytise among them instead.
Ridhuan Tee emphasised that Christians had great financial power and were using that power to target the Malay Archipelago after failing in their missionary attempts in the West.
Yes, with so many cases of sexual abuse brought to court involving Catholic leaders, of course the West is slowly abandoning Christianity.
And because of the Christians’ financial power, no wonder Muslim nations throughout the world are still trying to hoard and consolidate the bulk of their wealth before it falls into the wrong hands of the non-Muslims.
Tighten the loopholes
Ridhuan Tee called on Muslim Malaysians to save their brethren in the archipelago. “Remember, my brothers, the Indonesians are our brethren too. If they are safe, we too are safe.”
So something must be done to arrest the situation in Indonesia. And pronto! if we continue to let things slide, Indonesia will become a Christian nation by 2035.
There will be chaos, with daily live concerts and everyone wearing the cross, celebrating Valentine’s Day, Easter and Christmas, gays and lesbians running around half-naked.
Indonesia will drown in a sea of alcohol and ruin itself with free sex. There will be loud music blaring from the discos. We may never get to hear the soothing sounds of Azan again.
Even the traditionally Christian West would be threatened, and the next Pope may come from Indonesia. It is the most populous Muslim country now, but by 2035 it will become the most populous Christian country. Christians around the world may headquarter their holy administration in downtown Jakarta.
The Malays should reconsider their options, leave political differences aside and vote for the obvious coalition that will protect Ketuanan Melayu, religion and royalty. This way, we can stem any threat to our way of life at the root.
Malay unity is important to ensure a peaceful, corrupt-free nation. PAS’ insistence on Islamic unity instead of Malay unity is simply a ploy and a play of words. Malay unity means Islamic unity. The two cannot be separated.
We are truly lucky that in multicultural Malaysia, non-Muslims are prevented by the law from spreading their faiths among Muslims even as they are constitutionally guaranteed the freedom to practise their religions.
But several right-wing religious groups have accused churches here of converting Muslims to Christianity.
Yes, we have to tighten loopholes. Hudud must be implemented without delay. And new laws must be enacted to prevent Muslims from overstepping their boundaries.
We have to ban Western values with immediate effect. Astro should stop broadcasting rubbish and concentrate on wholesome Islamic movies. Muslims must be barred from subscribing to sports channels because they show athletes in skimpy outfits, and from movies channels because they glorify Western thoughts and values.
Personal choice and critical thinking should be discouraged because these cause Muslims to question the religious authorities on even the slightest details.
Leading the jihad
Ridhuan Tee must lead the jihad to prevent such a tragedy from happening. He should resign from his unimportant role in the Defence University and concentrate his efforts on saving Indonesia and Malaysia.
I too may resign my day job in time and consider joining him in a jihad to save the Indonesians from themselves.
Ridhuan Tee should chide Najib (Tun Razak) for wasting good money to restore dilapidated church buildings in Sarawak.
The RM1 million can be put to better use to check the downslide of Islam in this country. The billions we could save from building dams and LRTs can be used to beef up the Dakwah Outreach and moral squads as well as to eradicate poverty among Muslims.
To counter proselytisation efforts, which are illegal in this country, the Dakwah Outreach must be adequately funded to reach out to the non-Muslims.
In this way we can target a 90% Muslim population, which would be an adequate guard against Christianisation, especially when Indonesia becomes a Christian country.
Non-Malays should, perhaps, consider Islam as a way of life and study the beauty of this great compassionate religion. They too can enjoy the benefits of Bumiputeraship and be part of 1Malaysia. Imagine! No more racial conflicts. And together we can join hands to build a better nation.
The writer, who is a tour guide, trained pilot and naturalist, hopes readers will see through the satire in this article.