Yesterday, I attended a talk, just as an observer; curious to find out what the hu-has was all about.
I saw my other favourite writer, yet again. Sigh! My Nenek Taiping used to tell us about his cousin who had gotten into a car accident with his wife; this writer's parents. Anyways, this writer went asking the panel a question. He joked, "Hi! I'm ..... (name ommited to protect his privacy :op). I'm a Muslim man, I'm sorry!" hehehe! He's so cute! Well, if others don't find him cute pun because I was so smitten by his first book, whatever he does I find most adorable. :op
From reading books by Afghan authors, watching Afghan movies and hanging out with an Afghan bloke, I realised the way Islam is being taught in Malaysia is similar in that of the Afghans prior Taliban. This regression; the reduced and ignored women's rights in the new ammended law I find most disturbing. And the fact a Malay bloke in his 30s/40s stood up to say that the panelists does not have authority to speak on this matter as they do not hold a degree in Islamic Studies was a let down. Them being well read, well versed means nothing, I suppose. It's like he is saying I cannot be where I am for I do not hold a degree in arts and design, business studies etc? I have to find a job in auditing firms or what banks, simply because of the piece of paper I hold? Oh and I'm confused, we are not Catholics here, or are we?!
Since I'm in the whining mode, lets continue whining. To members of the press with cameras: When your victim is having her "contemporary" kuih lapis, admiring the pisang the cook managed to wedge between the lapis, don't laa go and sergah her. When she goes shell shocked and went staring into your camera blankly, sapa rugi, your rolling filem jugak. So, please take note ye.
But I guess there is still hope, this morning I read a letter to the editor from a Malay lad in Ipoh, praising the PM for putting the gasettement of this new bill in FT on hold. I'm not sure if he realised, tho, that this means a temporary reprieve for women in the FT ONLY but women in 11 states in Malaysia are ALREADY affected by the laws that were passed in their states. I know, we still live in a patriarchy society. We are from privilaged background, we are educated, this new bill may never steer close to our doorstep pun. If our man buat hal, we can always pick up the pieces and move on. It's our sisters who are not empowered and their children this fight is for, I presumed.
I nak pindah Morroco lah; it has the best Islamic Family Law... boo-huhu! Hurted Malay men don't sayang their women...