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Melawan benci dengan rahmah setiap hari (Malay/English)

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[ENGLISH VERSION BELOW] Kami, pertubuhan-pertubuhan dalam masyarakat sivil dan media, menggembleng tenaga untuk menyeru semua rakyat Malaysia untuk melawan ungkapan kebencian dan provokasi etnik-agama dengan rahmah setiap hari.

Kami menyeru seluruh rakyat Malaysia mengangkat amalan “maaf zahir batin” ke tingkat yang lebih tinggi. Amalan memohon dan memberi maaf adalah ajaran dalam Islam dan dalam sistem nilai agama Buddha, Kristian, Hindu, Sikh, Taoisme, dan komuniti-komuniti Orang Asal atau Asli di Sabah, Sarawak dan semenanjung.

Mari kita lazimkan amalan memohon dan memberikan “maaf zahir batin” sepanjang tahun, tidak terhad kepada raya Aidilfitri dan Syawal, tetapi dari awal Muharam sampai ke akhir Zulhijah, dari 1 Januari sampai ke 31 Disember, sepanjang 365 hari setahun.

Mari kita jayakan pergerakan #MZB365 ini kerana kita sebagai manusia berbuat salah setiap hari, perlu insaf dan memohon maaf setiap hari, dan juga bersedia memaaf setiap hari.

Jika kita segan memohon maaf, maka pembinasaan yang kita lakukan, sama ada berniat atau tidak, kerana kejahatan mahupun kekhilafan, tak kira besar atau kecil, akan berkekalan dan merosakkan hubungan dan silaturahim antara insan.

Mohon dan beri maaf boleh berlaku di antara suami dan isteri, antara anak dan orang tua, antara saudara-mara, antara murid, ibubapa dan guru, antara jiran tetangga, antara rakan sejawat, antara orang-orang yang saling tidak mengenali tetapi menemui sesama lain di lalulintas, antara individu-individu yang melanggar undang-undang dan masyarakat, dan antara komuniti yang berlainan.

Pada masa yang sama, apabila kita memaafkan orang lain, ini tidak bermakna kita menjadi lebih lemah dan secara tidak sedar menggalakkan lebih banyak salah laku.

Ini sudahnya bukan untuk mengkompromikan kedaulatan undang-undang. Apabila pesalah melanggar undang-undang, pesalah tetap menghadapi pengadilan dan hukumannya.

Pengampunan dan pengurangan hukuman hanya terjadi apabila si pesalah menyedari kesalahannya, mengaku bersalah, menembusi pembinasaannya dan/atau berikhtiar untuk tidak mengulangi kesalahan itu.

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Memberi maaf kepada mereka yang ikhlas memohon maaf sebenarnya memperkuatkan kita dan masyarakat secara keseluruhan. Ia membina pendamaian, mengurangkan salah faham, menghapuskan benci dendam, dan mengeratkan silaturahim kita sebagai manusia yang dicipta berlainan, supaya kita lebih mengenali sama satu lain melalui kelainan.

Memupuk semangat dan amalan memohon dan memberi maaf menjadi semakin penting kerana terdapat individu-individu dan puak-puak yang setiap hari mencari peluang dan alasan untuk memecahkan masyarakat demi kepentingan politik, perniagaan dan peribadi.

Mereka mencari setiap salah laku yang boleh diperbesarkan untuk menyemai perasaan sangsi dan benci supaya mereka dapat diangkat menjadi pahlawan sampai ada yang melampaui batas undang-undang dengan membakar dan mengganas.

Gejala populisme yang berasaskan kebencian dan teori konspirasi sudah pun melumpuhkan negara, membinasakan masyarakat, menjatuhkan ekonomi, melaparkan kanak-kanak, menenggelamkan impian malah meragut nyawa di banyak pelosok dunia. Kita mesti pastikan Malaysia tidak mengikut jejak mereka.

Di mana batas undang-undang dilampaui, kedaulatan undang-undang mesti ditegakkan tanpa kompromi. Di mana akal ditipu dengan propaganda dan pembohongan, kebenaran dan pemikiran logical mesti ditegakkan.

Akan tetapi, tiada penawar yang lebih baik daripada rahmah, yang boleh mengeratkan silaturahim, menghancurkan benci, melenyapkan sangsi dan menewaskan mereka yang ingin menangguk di air keruh.

Rakyat Malaysia berupaya menghadapi keadaan mencabar dengan kekuatan. Apabila pandemik Covid melanda, kita ada #KitaJagaKita. Kini kebencian merebak, mari kita #MZB365, melawan benci dengan rahmah setiap hari.

Sertai dan jayakanlah pergerakan ini!

English version

Let’s fight hatred with grace every day

We, civil society and media organisations, join forces to call upon everyone in Malaysian to fight ethno-religious hate speech and provocations with grace every day.

We call on everyone in Malaysia to take the practice of seeking and granting forgiveness (“maaf zahir batin”) to the next level. This practice is a teaching in Islam and in the value systems of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Taoism and of the natives of Sabah, Sarawak and the peninsula.

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Let’s make seeking and granting forgiveness an all-year-long practice, not limited to the Eid al-Fitr festival and the month of Shawal, but from the first day of Muharram to the last day of Zulhijjah, from 1 January to 31 December, 365 days a year.

Let’s make this #MZB365 movement a success because, as humans, we make trespasses and mistakes every day, therefore we have to be aware of them and seek forgiveness daily and be prepared to forgive daily.

If we are reluctant to seek forgiveness, then the harms we have caused – intended or not, due to bad deeds or misjudgements, big or small – will stay and destroy ties between each other.

Seeking forgiveness and forgiving can happen between husband and wife; children and parents; between students, parents and teachers; between neighbours; between colleagues; between strangers whose paths cross each other’s; between individuals who break laws and society; and between different communities.

When we forgive, this does not mean we have become weaker and unwittingly encourage more trespasses and mistakes. It is certainly not about compromising the rule of law.

When the trespasses are legal offences, the offenders must still face trial and punishment. Pardons and the commuting of sentences only happen when convicts are aware of their wrongs, admit guilt, make restitution and strive not to repeat their trespasses.

Forgiving those who sincerely seek forgiveness actually strengthens us and society as a whole. It builds peace, reduces misunderstanding, eliminates hatred, strengthens ties between us, humans, who are created differently, so that we understand each other better from our differences.

To promote the seeking and granting of forgiveness is more important than ever because there are individuals and groups seeking opportunities and pretexts to divide society for their political, business, and personal interests.

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They find faults that can be amplified to sow distrust and hatred so that they can emerge as their community heroes to the point that some even break the law through arson and violence.

The phenomenon of populism built on hatred and conspiracy theories has paralysed countries, destroyed societies, damaged economies, starved children, sunk dreams and even killed people in many parts of the world. We must make sure Malaysia does not follow in these footsteps.

Where laws have been violated, the rule of law must be upheld without compromise. When minds have been deceived by propaganda and lies, truth and logical thinking must be upheld.

Meanwhile, there is no better antidote than grace, which may strengthen ties, reduce hatred, build trust and defeat those who want to exploit circumstances.

The people of Malaysia are capable of rising to the occasion before the toughest challenges.

During the Covid pandemic, we had the #KitaJagaKita movement.

To counter ethno-religious hatred, let’s do #MZB365, let us fight hatred with grace every day. Join and make this movement a success.

Participating NGOs (as of 6pm, 6 April 2024):

  1. Project Stability and Accountability for Malaysia (Projek Sama)
  2. Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim)
  3. Allied Coordinating Committee of Islamic NGOs (Accin)
  4. Aliran
  5. Architects of Diversity
  6. Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia
  7. G25
  8. Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia
  9. Gerakan Belia Sepunjabi Malaysia
  10. Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia
  11. The Institute for Democracy And Economic Affairs
  12. Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
  13. Muslim Professionals Forum
  14. Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan
  15. Pergerakan Tenaga Akademik Malaysia (Gerak)
  16. Pertubuhan Naratif Malaysia (Naratif)
  17. Pure Life Society
  18. Kuala Lumpur Residents’ Action Plus for Sustainable Developmen
The views expressed in Aliran's media statements and the NGO statements we have endorsed reflect Aliran's official stand. Views and opinions expressed in other pieces published here do not necessarily reflect Aliran's official position.

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Elaine Morais
Elaine Morais
9 Apr 2024 8.44pm

An excellent & much needed initiative to build a peaceful, progressive, united & democratic nation.I fully support it.Let us, the ordinary rakyat, work together in a compassionate dialogue of life , building on our diversity to create a rich synthesis that will facilitate the process of development & forge authentic fraternal ties among all citizens at all levels & in all areas.We are likely to succeed if our words and actions are sincere, courteous, respectful & empathetic A holy person once said ” There is nothing so strong as gentlenes.Nothing so gentle as real strength”.

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