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Boar is not swine

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The strange thing about the “boar head incident” was that a stack of One Ringgit notes totalling RM30 was found placed near the plastic bag containing the boar head. Our correspondent wonders what this was meant to signify.

 A friend remarked bluntly, “What a stupid thing to do!” on reading about the “boar head incident” in our local dailies. It is interesting that it was boar heads and not pig heads (as some media said). There’s a vast difference between the two. As far as I recall, from reading somewhere, wild boar have been hunted and eaten by village folk since the days of our ancestors. That would be completely natural as people hunted for food and ate deer as well as wild boar that thrived in our Malayan jungles until so-called modern development set in and depleted the number of ‘sumbur’ deer to near extinction, making them protected animals.

I recall a funny story someone told me 20+ years ago about traveling in a car on a main road running through a rubber estate. The car – driver on spotting a wild boar in the distance about to cross the road, instantly accelerated at top speed towards the animal in order to knock it down so he could take it home for dinner!

The strange thing about the “boar head incident” was that a stack of One Ringgit notes totalling RM30 was found placed near the plastic bag containing the boar head. Wonder what this was meant to signify, if anything at all?

In the Christian Gospels, Jesus was betrayed to the Jewish authorities by one of his followers, Judas Iscariot, for thirty pieces of silver.

If this was meant to imply payment for placing the boar head in an inappropriate place in order to offend religious sensibilities, whoever accepted RM30 for this malicious deed must be a financial desperado to the extent of being a cut-price Judas. RM30 is certainly not equivalent to 30 silver pieces in this day and age.

Perhaps, they left the money because they felt guilty taking it, as Judas Iscariot did when he had done the job of putting his Teacher in the hands of the authorities. The story goes that Judas Iscariot, afterwards, threw all the “blood money” on the ground in front of the Jewish High Priests and went out to hang himself, so great was his guilt and remorse (Matthew 27:3-11).

The attempts by extremists ‘bad durians’ in our society to ruffle religious feathers causing bitterness amongst Malaysians have been met with frustration by the wonderful peace-loving nature and goodwill of our people. It is not a conflict amongst different faiths or races, but a contest between good and evil.

As a curse may in fact be a blessing in disguise, such mean-ness and malice may make us realise that Malaysians naturally come together without the artificiality of having to remind ourselves – by waving flags, singing patriotic songs, winning prizes for writing letters to the PM or participating in mass dance lessons – that we are MALAYSIANS after all!

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