Friday, June 08, 2007

A Friday Weekend.

This country has given in to the Christian long enough for the Sunday weekend and it's about time the Christian show their divine side by giving in to the Muslim for a Friday weekend. And then, after a century or so, the Muslim will show their divine side giving in to the Christian for a Sunday weekend. The Christian can have the Sunday weekend back again as if nothing ever happened. But through it all we will have fostered real friendship, a respect for each other's beliefs, learn each other's holy book to find similarities instead of arguing on the differences until hell freezes over. Don't you think this would be good for the country now that Loga is dead which is a bad thing because he was the only guy who could have unite all the races in Malaysia with his songs and music. Badminton won't be able to keep us together because I can't remember we won anything the last couple of tournaments. Hockey may have a chance but except for Minarwan, I can't name the luminaries in the sport that could get us all excited the way the names like Mokhtar Dahari, Santokh Sing, Arumugam, Soh Chin Aun or James Wong would have us all proud to be Malaysian because these were the very names that put the fear of god in the Korean. But that was a long time ago.
And we've had Sunday weekend for a long time. I don't have the record but it could go as far back as 1511, or thereabout. I'm sure you'd agree with me 500 years is a very very long time. Given this fact I don't think it would be right if you accuse the Muslim of being intolerant. 5oo years of giving in to the Christian is as good as giving up your mother for a complimentary prize in a county fair, or a circus.
Just look at the office workers who have to squeeze in lunch and Friday solat in between the hour. They've gotta rush through things, and the Khatib gotta to keep the sermon short, which is a good thing. And they've gotta rush through lunch. By the time they get back to the office, most of them are not in the right frame of mind to finish up the job. You are lucky if you are a big guy in an organization but if you happen to be bean pushers, or dispatch riders, you have a lot of explaining to do if you are a few minutes late returning to work from the Friday Solat. I know of kafir employers who won't tolerate their Muslim staff going to the Friday Solat, and would give all kinds of pressure so as to make their Muslim staff uncomfortable for going as if the Muslim staff owe them a life. Now this ain't right if you want to call this a Muslim country.
If a Friday weekend works for Trengganu, Kelantan, Kedah and Perlis, it is beyond me if it won't work for Penang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor. As for Sabah and Sarawak, they've gotta decide if they want be part of The Islamic Republic of Malaysia, or to remain status quo.
Am I barking up the wrong tree? I don't think so.

7 Comments:

Blogger NURAINA A SAMAD said...

Bergen,
I think in Perlis. Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, the Muslim weekend is in force.

Well, let's see what the tree thinks.

6:27 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

It can work. There's no reason it can't.

12:31 AM  
Anonymous adik said...

bergen said...
It can work. There's no reason it can't.
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Exactly. Agree with you.

7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you have got the facts wrong for Perlis.

12:48 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Anonymous: Lemme go to Perlis first this weekend and write about it. Thanks for pointint it out. At least I've a reason to go there.

10:39 AM  
Blogger dee3 said...

i agree. with giving anything a chance (consider the 5,000 years!) :)

hope the perlis trip went well.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Ibu said...

Growing up in johor, i remember we used to wait till bapak came home from solat jumaat with abangs before we had our family lunch. Bapak would share some insights from the weekly khutbah over lunch. I cannot remember much of the insights, but i remember looking forward to the friday lunch. Makan ramai2 kan seronok.

Then around early 90s, the state changed the weekends.

Today, hubby goes to Friday prayer with his office colleagues. Work place too far from home to be commuting for that 1 hour break. We are still figuring out transportation arrangement for our son - he's gonna be an adult soon.

But on the flip side of it, those already adults, have not much room to claim being "musafir" comes every 'weekend' (especially now with cuti2 malaysia) for not performing solat jumaat.

WaAllahualam....

2:12 AM  

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