Demi Agama, Bangsa, dan Negara

“Demi Agama, Bangsa, dan Negara” selalu sangat diulang-ulang dalam masyarakat kita. Baru-baru ni, aku terfikir, apa yg dimaksudkan sebenarnya dengan frasa tu?

Aku selalu tertanya, Agama apakah yang dimaksudkan? Bangsa apakah yang dimaksudkan? Negara apakah yang dimaksudkan?

Aku rasa, untuk yang ketiga tu, boleh lah kita bersetuju bahawa Malaysia yang dimaksudkan.

Persoalannya sekarang, macam mana pulak dgn Agama dan Bangsa?

Sebagai contohnya, kita kata “Kita mesti berkorban demi agama, bangsa, dan negara.”

Untuk orang Melayu Islam, maksudnya “Kita mesti berkorban demi Islam, Melayu, dan Malaysia.”

Untuk orang Cina beragama Buddha, maksudnya “Kita mesti berkorban demi Buddha, Cina, dan Malaysia.”

Untuk orang India beragama Hindu, maksudnya “Kita mesti berkorban demi Hindu, India, dan Malaysia.”

Kita sering berkata dan bersyarah tentang perpaduan. Tetapi, kalau difikirkan, bukankah frasa “Demi Agama, Bangsa, dan Negara” itu sendiri sudah mewujudkan segregasi di antara kaum?

Entahlah…

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This blog is about the journey of a 28-year-old Malaysian towards financial freedom. This blog was started back when the blogger was 21 years old. However, his journey towards financial freedom had begun way before that. Materials such as investing, business, entrepreneurship, equities, and real estate are presented. The author also posts his thoughts and observations on life in general.

Comments

  1. sebab tu kena banyak lagi skool macam rmc. baru boleh kenal bangsa lain. sekarang ni dah banyak sangat isu berkaitan perkauman timbul. jangan ada 13 mei lagi sudah lah.

  2. idiopathicidiot says:

    salam…bagi saya tiada masalah dengan demi agama,bangsa dan negara..

    kalau kita dalami betul2 (in a positive way),kita akan menjaga pendirian masing2 dan menghormati satu sama lain..tapi masa yg sama kita akan pertahankan malaysia, tanah air kita…

    yg ada skarang..kau kata aku tak betul..aku kata kau tak betul..last skali,semua tak betul…

    T.H.I.N.K

  3. Kata-kata kuncinya “kalau kita dalami betul2”. Masalahnya, berapa orang sangat yang dalami frasa tu betul-betul?

    Kalau kita semua saling memahami bahawa kita perlu lindungi dan hormati “diversity” yang Malaysia ada, memang senang tapi masalahnya, tak selalu macam tu.

  4. Saya setuju dengan Nadlique.

    Pendapat saya, “Demi Agama, Bangsa dan Negara” memerlukan konfrantasi dengan orang lain.

    Jika Malaysia mempunyai satu kaum sahaja dan satu agama adakah kita memerlukan sebutan tersebut?

  5. “Demi Agama, Bangsa dan Negara”…how honourable and dignified a phrase.

    I could still recall where I was once a little boy in the primary school learning Pendidikan Moral while my Muslim friends went for their Agama Studies.

    In our Moral lessons, the Malaysian racial structure/lifestyle/socio-relations were typified by THREE main characters, “Ali, Ah Chong dan Muthu/Mutu a.k.a Tiga Sahabat”.

    It’s a very noble and commendable effort by our Education Ministry to instil racial integration and harmony among us Malaysians. No matter what our colour, race or religion, we were all accepted as Malaysian Made citizens. In a nutshell, we could actually use the phrase “Tanah tumpah-nya darah-Ku” from our National Anthem, Negaraku to illustrate this.

    However, upon moving further up of our tertiary education system (read: Sekolah Menengah lah tu), we soon come to realize that “Hey..we are not treated as equals after all.”

    It was most evident that the Bumiputras were given more hand-outs. (i.e. – Skim Pinjaman Buku Teks, Yearly Scholarship grants of RM200…well at least during 1996-1999 whilst I was still schooling in a Govt School, ample opportunity to join the School Football team, etc. etc.) I would have gladly accepted the reality should it have been proven beyond reasonable doubt that the Chinese folks are all rich families while the Bumiputras were mostly materially the poorer of the other races. However it was not always to be the case.

    I could still vividly remember that a dozen of my Bumiputra friends, whose parents are owners of businesses, (How did I find out? Simple…they were my classmates and as usual during the introductory days of our new semester years, the Cikgu would get us to introduce ourselves and state our parents occupations) whom were unfairly selected to receive these hand-outs.

    Further to that, I personally experienced being marginalised as an Indian during my schooling years. I was an avid footballer during my late-primary & early-secondary school years. I could lay testament that I was a better than average player as I was recruited by one of the local clubs (a minor inter district league clubs vying for the Razak Cup). However, much to my chagrin, I was not selected to play for my school even though during the field selection excercise, I proved myself to one of the better players in the list of eligible players.

    To my horror, 2-weeks after the school team was later defeated in the state championship, I was told by the coach that I was not selected even though I would have provided the midfield strength needed for the team because the quota for Chinese/Indian players have been met. Thereafter, I never participated in any sporting competition for my school.

    As such, right to this very day, I feel so cheated and infuriated by what was being practiced by our government. I may be wrong in blaming the government for a localized event. Nonetheless, I believed that if the Leaders of the Nation were to lead by example, this would not have happened at any level, be it nationally or at a school level.

    Last but not least, in my humble and marginalized opinion, instead of shouting “Demi Agama, Bangsa dan Negara” we should concentrate on up-rooting these insolent leaders and accept that hate and bigotry will be on the rise unless equality among all Malaysians is practiced verbally and constitutionally.

    Tapi, ini cuma sebuah mimpi yang indah bagiku…pada pendapatku Malaysia takkan berubah dari segi pentadbiran untuk 50 tahun lagi. Oleh demikian, aku cuma mampu melaungkan “Demi Aku, Keluargaku dan Bangsaku”.

    Bacalah artikel ini untuk lanjutan system pendidikan Malaysia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Malaysia

  6. Interesting perspective.

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