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The Malaysian Insider reported that Karpal Singh calls for the de-registration of all political or professional bodies which operate along racial and religious lines, saying the move would work in the interest of unity. “The government cannot allow associations to operate along racial and religious lines. It is a very serious matter,” said Karpal.

However, I greatly disagree in this matter. First and foremost, Karpal Singh needs to go back to his roots and remember the history of the acceptance of the Chinese and Indians in Malaysia. During the days when the African-Americans were segregated from the whites, the Malaysian government have already recognised the Chinese and Indians as their citizens. As a part of the social contract, the Chinese and Indians accepted the special position of Malays as the indigenous people of Malaya. In those days, countries were not being constantly pressured by outside bodies like the United Nations or the mass media. The compassion of our kings and leaders shine through the fact that even without influences from those human rights activists, they gave the Chinese and Indians such an honour that they would hardly get elsewhere at the time.

Secondly, Islam is granted a special place in the Federal Constitution such as written in Article 3 (1): “Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.” This article clearly states that Malaysia is not a secular nation as the idea of secularism separates state from religion. In Karpal’s statement, he says that, “Perhaps the time has come for all racial and religious political parties and professional organisations which operated along racial and religious lines, to be de-registered.” To ban an organisation which operates along the religion of Islam simply because it is a ‘religious line’ is a clear offense against the Federal Constitution of Malaysia which is the supreme law of this country.

Thirdly, the presence of racial based political parties is not just to protect the special positions of the Malays but also to represent the Chinese and Indians of Malaysia. Although it is true that the government tries to be fair to all citizens of Malaysia, it is impossible for a person to fully understand the needs of another who conform to different cultures. By having different racial based parties under one coalition, it ensures that each of the representatives of the race has a say in the government. This system is also used in the United Nations where the representatives are not just a random blend of different people but to ensure fairness, each of the countries have their own delegates to represent the people of their nation.

And by the way, if this is Karpal’s stance, does it means that Karpal or the DAP wish for the Chinese and Indian schools to be disintegrated and for the children to study under the national curriculum like how it is done in Singapore? If so, had Pakatan Rakyat won the 13th General Elections, would DAP betray their Chinese and Indian supporters by abolishing the Chinese and Indian schools?

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UPDATE: WordPress has returned ahmadalikarim.wordpress.com on March 1st. Thank you all for the ongoing support and thanks to Jackie, from the WordPress team of Happiness Engineers and to WordPress for giving him a free custom design upgrade. Ahmad Ali is honoured and delighted at the quick response after his message was replied to.

(Dear readers, Ahmad Ali’s Weblog (the blog of my little brother, Ahmad Ali) has been suspended and later ‘archived’ for violation of WordPress’s Terms of Service (TOS) unfairly without any clarification. I hope that you would all continue to support him at his new blog HERE and to help him have his voice heard and for him to get the justice he rightfully deserves.)

Dear, Matt.

First of all, I’d like to say that this may take some amount of your time but I plead you to please, please finish this and to send a reply so that I know that it has been received. Secondly, I’d like to clarify that my blog is perfectly fine but it is my 10 years old brother’s blog that had been suspended. The URL to the blog os ahmadalikarim.wordpress.com. I would have asked at the forum but for two reasons, one is that since my brother had his blog suspended, he is no longer able to access to the forum. The other is that, he had tried to contact WordPress through the link at the top of the dashboard and also the contact forum here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/suspended-blogs/ numerous times to ask for clarification but we never ever get a reply.

When my brother received the first note that his blog was suspended after failing to write a post, all of us helped him to look for the ‘bad’ content which was against the TOS but none of us could find any. So we taught him how to fill in the contact form asking for clarification and to apologise if he had violated any TOS but he was not aware of it and he that is what he did. We waited and after not receiving any reply, we thought that perhaps they had probably lost or missed the note so he sent in a few more. Then we decided that you guys may have loads of complaints every day and decided to wait.

Unfortunately, he found out earlier today that his whole blog “has been archived or suspended for a violation of our (WordPress’s) Terms of Service.” We found that it was unfair because he didn’t violate any TOS unless by accident and when we asked for some clarification (and he would remove the content if he knew what was the bad content) we did not receive any reply. I find that this is against the freedom of speech and internet freedom which WordPress had been supporting all the while (please see: http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/join-our-censorship-protest/)

My brother had been brought up to think critically, express his opinions and thoughts and to ask questions should he had any. He is vocal and outgoing despite being sweet and polite, and would always try to express himself without hurting the other party. In fact, he started the blog because he wanted to share his ideas with the world. However, this situation had been affecting him greatly. He had begun another blog (URL: http://ahmadalijetplane.wordpress.com) and we had to convince him that it is still and had always been okay to express himself. And even so, he still firmly believes that his blog had been suspended because of his religious and political point of view (he has a great interest in politics) and would not write anything that touches that matter. Now that his blog had been ‘archived’, I fear that it may affect his confidence greatly to the extent that he would be unsure of himself and he would be scared to comment on anything that involves people of different views.

I plead you, since I am sure that you have a great influence in WordPress.com, to please, please have this all checked out and hopefully clear his blog from suspension. If he really did make a mistake which we fail to see; please give him a chance to fix it up as he never had the chance before. I hope that you could do him, an innocent boy of ten, the justice he deserves. It means a lot to him and to all of us.

Thank you so much for reading this and for your time.

Yours sincerely,
Aiman Amani Karim

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