The Kartika beer drinking case has caught my attention since the day I discovered that tapai actually do contained minor traces of alcohol as beer do. The international press had picked up the hot cake story and successfully turned Malaysia into the mullah image that some religious zealots dreamt of becoming. The unique thing about this case is not how severe the ‘beating at the ass’ would be, or would she be clothed or not or is it ‘educational’ or ‘violating human rights’….

What other people seemed to ignore is she really did wanted the punishment to carry on willingly. In fact, to the extend of shocking the PM and former PM, a few lady NGOs, human rights watch groups, woman MPs, and almost the whole population of Malaysians. What could be a quiet exist through court appeal, now has become the divider of what kind of Malaysia are we trying to mould.

I opened a lively discussion in my facebook, and hell ya it was lively. It seemed like the opinions were divided between the non- muslim group, the muslim, and the ‘kafir’ liberal muslim. What seemed interesting was, any muslim that oppose the punishment were deemed as ungrateful to Islam or worst their faith were being questioned. They were narrowly grouped into the SIS supporters even though they had nothing to do with the muslim woman organization. To me, there’s just something wrong with such labeling. I strongly oppose the judgment and it has nothing to do with my faith in god.

Any court judge in the world is born human and has human bias. I think the judge had done a terrible decision by imposing such punishment on her. On the religious point of view, of coz religious zealots will applaud the courageous act, I mean their dream is to be like Saudi Arabia or Iran, where religious mullah wield more de facto power than any dictator or politician.

But on the impact in civil society, it’s not translating the kind of positive image of what Islam is all about. It seems like an Islamic nation-state is all about law punishment and regulations, where else most of the teaching of the religion is about forgiveness, repent and peace. And there’s also the question of god, does human have the god’s authority to impose morality law and punishment to sinners, or such morality sin is only between human and the higher power?!

Malaysia is becoming more and more theological in a sense life is no longer about being human, but being a one dimensional of theological ideals. To add salt, recently, there were the usual PAS Youth Zealots, trying to impose the beer ban on ‘muslim majority areas’ in PR states. They are hard working lots; recently they also called for bans on a string of concerts and musical acts. What concerns me is, we elect politicians not to regulate or limit people’s personal choice in life, what we want is for them to provide better economic and social development, educational progress and security protection. Does any of those PAS youth care as crime rates are soaring, living cost is expanding, but salary maintain the same low level and not to forget the terrible condition of national and vernacular schools?? Do they ever care if the Penan girls are being raped by timber zealots? Did u see them made any fiery statement on that?? They don’t care. For the next election, I would rather vote for a cow head or pig snout or monkey feet, if both camps, opposition and government are getting more and more similar in their political intentions.

As a Malaysian, I beg for politicians to focus on what’s important for the future of Malaysians. Please stop meddling on peoples’ personal lives, it’s annoying, ok?! I just want to have the good old Malaysian politics that we had in the 60s and 70s, where government talked and did more on societal development, reduce poverty, great foreign policies, and yes, unity. I always hear stories from my grandparents during the good old days, where people of different origins enjoy each others’ company and basically just living the Malaysian dream of peace and prosperity (ok, maybe not that prosperous, coz a lot of people were poor, since during that period Malaysia still relied more on commodities exports). But they were content. And happy. Even when it comes to unity message, most Malaysian advertisements focused on the good old days in the 60s and 70s.

Talk about foreign policy, I remember I learned in my Malaysian Foreign Policy class. We had a great time listening to our dear professor on how colourful our foreign policy was during the era of Tunku Abdul Rahman, Hussein Onn, and Tun Razak. The people from Wisma Putra were intelligent beings, drafting marvelous policies and excellently representing Malaysia among the international community. I have always admired Razali Ismail for his diplomatic missions as Malaysian Diplomat and UN ambassador. His ideals and achievements have somehow shape the person I am now. I think he’s cool, too bad we don’t have anyone as close as him anymore.

Listening to Zee Avi songs, and drinking my favourite local black coffee, I feel Malaysians can offer more to the world and to Malaysia, if we ever see that there’s more to life than mere beer drinking and ass lashing. Politicians, listen.