One of the advantages of being Malaysian-American is that I am able to step aside and observe the politics and religion of both countries with a degree of objectivity. Politics and religion plays out differently in America and in Malaysia. In the words of Sun Tzu, “Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows.”

I still maintain that Malay-Muslim supremacy must be dismantled, the Malaysian police force and its practices come under public, international scrutiny ( Lee slams police for violating her rights) and that Malaysians working for human rights be fully supported by the international community.

Malaysians working within the system in Malaysia, especially minorities and women, are particularly vulnerable and need every bit of support we can render in prayer, and action. However, as Sun Tzu advises “Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.” The Biblical equivalent is that a king be advised to count his cost before he goes to battle.

The lone American who has jeopardized Ang San Suu Kyi’s situation and his own, is evidence of the kind of undisciplined and irresponsible activism, I cannot subscribe to.


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