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Socks debacle: Patriot calls for rationality to prevail

We are living in perilous times and the brakes must be pulled now

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Patriot, an association of retired defence and police officers, as well as civilians, is deeply troubled over the issue of the widely reported case of several pairs of socks that purportedly bear the revered name of God (“Allah”).

Social media has been rife with condemnations, shock and instigation. Many right-minded citizens have also registered the need to not politicise this ‘sensitive’ case.

While we welcome the quick action by the authorities and the prompt apology extended to the people by the supermarket proprietor, Patriot registers its reservations and concerns.

In a nation where the various religions all have their rightful and responsible place, politicising or attempting to wrench political mileage out of such ‘sensitive’ incidents can turn out to be highly explosive.

Further, spiking the citizens with immature, dangerous and diabolical calls to action cannot be tolerated if we are to prevent another May 13.

From a national security vantage, Patriot emphasises that this incident could have been better handled.

We recommend that the government of the day should urgently formulate a policy that deems using social media to report and or sensationalise matters relating to race and religious sensitivities as unlawful and severely punishable.

The government should provide official avenues where such concerns or incidents deemed to affect racial and religious harmony can be deposited for prompt and wise action.

As a suggestion, the police station is the right place where concerned people can go to report any such incident that must be tackled and arrested without causing undue alarm or becoming an agitator for widespread instability.

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Patriot also takes offence over how some politicians have failed to put unity, tolerance and harmony over and above this ‘socks’ incident.

While all religions must be respected, any attempt to deride or insult cannot be let off without enforcing the rule of law firmly.

Patriot’s concern and fears stem from what we are witnessing in certain other countries where political instability, social mayhem and severe damage to property and lives are the outcome of unbridled religious or racial frenzy.

Lately, Patriot has observed how, in Malaysia, racial and religious sensitivities are being continually exploited by politicians and even some individuals claiming to be pious defenders of the faith.

The calls by our rulers are also not being respected or heeded. This trend cannot go on and on.

Patriot calls on the prime minister to draw the line quickly and firmly.

We certainly cannot afford a case of the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

We are living in perilous times and the brakes must be pulled now.

Retired Lt Col Dato’ Zarazilah Mohd Ali is president of the National Patriots Association (Patriot)

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Hj Zainal Hj Shamsudin
Hj Zainal Hj Shamsudin
23 Mar 2024 10.37pm

To nip the problem in the bud, reennact the ISA so that the authorities can pro act to contain any sesitive issues that arises threatening the security, peace and well being of the nation. As it is now there is no law that enable the authorities to pro act as compared to our neighbours that still maintains the above laws.

Teoh CH
Teoh CH
23 Mar 2024 12.10pm

Thank goodness our Malaysian military veterans continue their proud pedigree and heritage of being Apolitical patriots, and have time and time again spoken out timely on unnecessary issues such as this

Ghani Hj Paijan
Ghani Hj Paijan
23 Mar 2024 11.37am

The stand and views by Patriot should aptly be planted in the heads of every right-thinking Muslims as well as our overly sensitive Muslim brothers who for whatever reasons they had in mind, had gone backward and extreme in their actions as if to show they are the ‘champion’ and saviour of Islam in the country.
Yes, it is undeniable that the ‘kalimah’ Allah is very sacred and revered by Muslims, but we have to be rational to show non-muslims the beauty of Islam on how we handle such sensative issue in a more civilized way..
Yes, action must be taken against those responsible for this ‘sock’ issue but punishment meted should be after due investigation and should not penalised or whatmore victimised those innocent
rakyat or businesses.

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