In a diverse society like ours, the moral and religious values of one faith community should not be applied to followers of other religions or affect them.
Unfortunately, the Pas-led Kedah state government is going ballistic with its piety politics.
Such moral policing using one religion’s edicts to blanket a multi-religious population is foolish.
Religious values need inculcation through education, family upbringing and exemplary, uncorrupted leadership.
Banning gaming and alcohol businesses will not get the nation anywhere except sink us all into a make-believe, stagnated and impoverished nation.
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Nations that had tried such piety politics have bankrupted the potential of their people and sunk their countries in abject poverty.
Let’s face facts. Even prostitution thrives in places that control their masses using religious mantras and enacted laws. Theocratic politics died ages ago, with the ending of the cruel crusaders.
Hopefully, people will come together with a powerful voice of rejection, to put the brakes on piety politics and moral policing.
Malaysia cannot regress into the dark ages. We need to move on with reforms that make us a progressive, prosperous nation.
We should not kill the economy by promoting blanket, restrictive religious laws that cannot make us any richer in values and convictions.
Hopefully, those in power and especially the custodians of religions will step forward and stop the uncontrolled advances of moral policing and piety politics in the country and not react only when such regressive actions descend into extremism.