Malaysian International Islamic University Why say no?: reasons for non-participation in the cultural exhibition of various Islamic countries

 

Populariti Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak meningkat dengan mantap sejak 2009 tetapi yang sebaliknya berlaku kepada tiga pemimpin utama pembangkang, demikian menurut kajian oleh Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIA).

Selain daripada Najib, kajian terhadap populariti lima personaliti kepimpinan di Malaysia yang dijalankan oleh Unit Kajian Media dan Pilihan Raya UIA menunjukkan bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad terus kekal popular walaupun berundur pada 2003 manakala Ketua Umum PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Menteri Besar Kelantan Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat dan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng, menyaksikan populariti mereka merosot.

Prof Datuk Syed Arabi Idid daripada Jabatan Pengajian Komunikasi UIAM, mengetuai kajian itu dari Mac 2008 hingga Julai 2011 bersama penyelaras penyelidikan, Azrul Hisyam Wakichan.

Satu sampel rambang purata 1,500 responden terdiri pengundi Melayu, Cina dan India dari seluruh negara ditanya mengenai kepuasan mereka terhadap kualiti kepimpinan kelima-lima pemimpin itu

Kajian itu menunjukkan peningkatan dalam populariti Najib adalah hasil usaha berterusan beliau untuk mendekati hati rakyat dan memimpin negara ke arah masa depan yang lebih cerah.

“Kajian ini dengan jelas menunjukkan responden Melayu, Cina dan India kini menerima Datuk Seri Najib,” katanya.

Pada Okt 2008, 35 peratus responden Melayu, 33 peratus Cina dan 41 peratus India menunjukkan yang mereka puas hati atau sangat puas hati dengan Najib tetapi menjelang Julai 2011, penerimaan masing-masing meningkat kepada 59 peratus, 45 peratus dan 62 peratus.

“Hakikatnya rakyat kini lebih bersedia menerima Datuk Seri Najib sebagai pemimpin mereka,” kata Syed Arabi yang menjalankan kajian mengenai populariti pemimpin-pemimpin sejak 1989.

Mengenai punca kemerosotan populariti Anwar, Nik Aziz dan Lim, beliau berkata ia banyak berpunca kerana isu-isu semasa dan kegagalan untuk mencapai kata sepakat dalam banyak hal.

Azrul Hisyam, yang menyelaras kajian itu, berkata kajian yang sama mendapati rakyat Malaysia masih memandang tinggi Dr Mahathir dan segala sumbangannya.

Purata 74 peratus daripada responden dalam soal selidik itu menunjukkan mereka menyanjungi Dr Mahathir sepanjang kajian empat tahun itu.

Azrul Hisyam berkata rakyat Malaysia melihat Dr Mahathir sebagai pemimpin yang telah membuktikan kebolehannya dan masih lantang bersuara.

“Mereka melihat beliau sebagai pemimpin teladan,” katanya.

Constitutional law expert Abdul Aziz Bari claims Universiti Islam Antarabangsa’s (UIA) public announcement today that his ‘professor’ title will be dropped is an attempt to embarrass him. 

“I feel ashamed and saddened by UIA’s attitude, it is apparent that it is being made a tool of others,” he said in a statement toMalaysiakini.

He said that UIA’s comments showed it was ignorant of the relationship between the ‘professor’ title and knowledge.

“The fact is many retired professors, even though they are not given the ‘emeritus’ title, are still addressed as ‘professor’ because people are confident of and respect their knowledge.

“Many professors have retired from UIA, not one has been attacked by UIA like I am being attacked now. Is UIA following Umno’s agenda?” he asked, adding that nouniversity has ever made such a public announcement.

“UIA can withdraw my title but it cannot take my knowledge, my expertise will remain with me,” he said. 

He added that he had never requested for the position of professor.

NONE“Unlike others, I did not apply for professorship but I was asked by UIA at the end of 2002, to apply for the position,” he said.

Abdul Aziz, who will leave UIA tomorrow, was responding to Utusan Malaysias report today on UIA’s announcement that his ‘professor’ title will be dropped.

The report was in response to a letter to the Umno-owned daily, questioning Abdul Aziz’s recognition as a constitutional law expert.

“The unofficial title of ‘constitutional lawexpert’ was given by the media including Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian and other Umno-owned media but after 2008, they became uneasy and Utusanbegan to question the title,” said Abdul Aziz.

PKR declares Aziz Bari as its candidate

UIA’s statement today comes shortly after Abdul Aziz Bari was declared by PKR as its candidate in the next general election.

“Last Thursday, (PKR supremo) Anwar Ibrahim announced me as a candidate for the Sabak Bernam parliamentary seat at the Sabak Bernam mini-stadium before a crowd of 6,000,” he said.

He added that UIA’s statement would only draw attention to other controversial professors and will reflect badly on them.

“There are those who created problems but their titles were not withdrawn, for example the professor who said Malaysia was never colonised… or the professor who said Hang Tuah never existed.”

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Islamabad: A cultural exhibition of various Islamic countries, in connection with the 24th Annual Cultural Week, began at the Faisal Masjid campus of the International Islamic University on Wednesday.

Students from approximately 25 Islamic countries, including Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Kenya, Bangladesh and Iran, set up stalls to portray their culture.

The wife of Iranian ambassador inaugurated the event, whereas diplomats from the embassies of various Islamic countries attended the opening session.

IIUI Rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik, President Dr Mumtaz Ahmad President and Vice President Prof Dr Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman were also present on the occasion.

The most attractive stall at the event was set by the students of Saudi Arabia to exhibit various aspects of the Arab culture, food and dresses.

Similarly, students from all four provinces of the country set up their stalls to highlight the culture of their areas. There was a special focus on differentiating the culture of rural from urban areas. All departments of the university also set up their stalls.

The diplomats and guests visited all the stalls and showed keen interest in the cultural exhibition.
Speaking on the occasion, the wife of the Iranian ambassador said that she was happy to see a bouquet of various cultures of the Islamic countries presented at the exhibition.

Professor Fateh Malik said the purpose of such events was to provide the students of different Islamic countries with a platform within the campus to present and exhibit their cultures. “It is a step to create unity among the Muslim world.”

Hussain Rawish said that despite the differences in the cultures of Muslims, some common features were clearly exhibited at the cultural show. He urged the students to play their due role in the development of Pakistan.

Religion in politics

In a move aimed at reviving the spirit of Bangladesh’s original 1972 constitution which barred religion in politics, the Bangladesh Supreme Court recently lifted a four-year stay on an earlier ruling. As a result, the country’s dozens of Islamic political parties can no longer campaign under the banner of religion, and are likely to be forced to drop the religious reference from their names. The court declared as void ab initio the relevant fifth amendment to the constitution, which was carried out in 1979 during a Bangladesh Nationalist Party government. It allowed religion-based politics — which then flourished.
Given that Bangladesh has amongst the world’s largest Muslim populations, this is a quantum leap forward. The court decision, if upheld during appeals, will affect scores of powerful political parties and their voters, including the BNP now in the opposition. Yet it is worth noting that the verdict does not affect Islam’s constitutional status as the state religion or religious text that was incorporated in the constitution. Implicit, therefore, is the recognition that whatever the dominant religion, the business of the state and politics must be conducted independently; and that far from yielding benefits in terms of just and legitimate governance, the confluence of religion and politics can wreak havoc on a country’s political fabric.
Pakistan would do well to dwell on this. Religion, when enmeshed with politics, can deepen polarities and derail the examination of issues from the perspective of logic and the aggregate national benefit. We have seen, for example, how politics and state policies underpinned by religious diktat can lead to laws that are discriminatory and can be used as tools for victimisation. The Qisas and Diyat Act, the Hudood and the blasphemy laws are cases in point. At the very least, a political fabric woven from religion will either dismiss minorities and their rights, or polarise politics between dominant and minority religions. Pakistan made the state the custodian of religion through the 1949 Objectives Resolution, which was later made the preamble to the constitution by the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto government and added as an annex by Ziaul Haq. Although religious parties have not historically fared well in elections,Pakistan’s politics have, over successive decades, been coloured by religion. The separation of religion and politics will, of course, neither automatically ensure justice nor guard against the misuse of religion. But it can be a first step towards delineating the private and public spheres. This may be a good time to revisit Mr Jinnah’s 1947 address to Pakistan’s first constituent assembly, when he eloquently stated that religion had nothing to do with the business of the state.

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