Archive | June, 2005

Perkahwinan Campur Orang Melayu Wajar Dipantau

22 Jun

Saudara Pengarang,
SATU fenomena yang semakin menular ialah bertambahnya anak-anak gadis Melayu memilih suami bukan Melayu.

Dengan adanya Internet, pergi belajar di luar negara serta kemasukan warga asing ke negara ini, sama ada sebagai pekerja sah atau Pendatang Asing Tanpa Izin (PATI) dan penuntut kolej dan universiti, maka semakin ramailah wanita Melayu berkenalan dan akhirnya berkahwin dengan orang asing.

Ada pelbagai sebab gadis Melayu memilih suami bukan Melayu. Ada yang tidak sukakan bangsa sendiri kerana satu pengalaman pahit; atau jejaka Melayu tidak tampan dan lawa, tidak punya wang atau tidak secanggih seperti jejaka asing.

Atau ini dilakukan kerana mengikuti kecenderungan masa kini. Bagi mereka, Islam atau budaya Melayu adalah soal picisan sahaja. Pakai baju Melayu semasa naik pelamin sudah cukup.

Mungkin ada yang berbuat demikian kerana ia merupakan satu trend apatah lagi kalau gadis-gadis ini sendiri merupakan anak pasangan campuran. Pakar-pakar sosiologi Melayu patut membuat satu kajian mengenai hal ini demi demografi dan sosio-politik Melayu pada masa akan datang.

Soalnya berapa peratuskah pasangan kahwin campur melibatkan gadis-gadis Melayu ini boleh menghayati Melayu dan Islam seperti yang dituntut oleh agama suci kita.

Di ruangan Agama Utusan Malaysia (21 Jun 2005), kita amat bangga membaca kisah bekas Mufti Wilayah Persekutuan, Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Talib dan isterinya Sohair Abdel Moneim, wanita Mesir keturunan Turki.

Abdul Kadir berjaya membentuk isterinya hidup seperti orang Melayu iaitu bertutur bahasa Melayu, memakai baju kurung dan memasak makanan Melayu. Mereka dikurniakan enam orang anak yang diberikan nama-nama Islam yang baik-baik.

Di akhbar kita sering terbaca cerita wanita Melayu yang kahwin bangsa asing memberikan nama yang langsung tidak berciri keIslaman. Malah ada orang Melayu sendiri yang memberikan nama yang bukan-bukan untuk anak-anak mereka.

Kebetulan pula di ruangan Hiburan Utusan Malaysia hari yang sama ada cerita mengenai ahli-ahli kumpulan Elite: Azza, Watie, Sasha dan Hana. Hana dan Sasha memilih jejaka Inggeris, tetapi perkahwinan Sasha tidak kekal.

Hana dan suaminya Adam Abdullah dikurniakan dua anak, Aaron Danial, 4, dan Alayna Daniella, 3 tahun.

Sebelum ini pelakon Jeslina Hashim memilih jejaka New Zealand sebagai suami.

Demi penghayatan Islam sampai akhir zaman di negara kita, saya berpendapat pihak berkuasa patut memantau semua perkahwinan campur, tidak kira lelaki Melayu atau gadis Melayu.

Pasangan-pasangan sedemikian perlu menjalani kursus yang lebih intensif sebab kita mahu setiap orang yang masuk Islam bukan sahaja mencintai Islam dan umat Islam, malah menjadi pejuang Islam dan akan akan mempertahankan Islam apabila Islam dicabar atau dihina.

Walaupun negara kita mengamalkan dasar keterbukaan namun negara ini adalah negara Islam. Ini bukan soal hak asasi manusia. Ini soal fardu kifayah. Kita mesti ambil tahu apa yang dilakukan oleh sebangsa seagama kita.

Kita tidak mahu trend ini akhir nya memperlekehkan Islam atau melahirkan zuriat Islam yang amat sekular seperti di Indonesia di mana di dalam sesuatu keluarga terdapat agama Islam, Kristian, Kebatinan dan sebagainya.

Di Amerika Syarikat pihak imigresen sentiasa memantau rakyat asing yang mengahwini wanita Amerika kerana ramai di antaranya kahwin semata-mata untuk mendapatkan hak penduduk tetap seperti dalam filem Green Card.

Kita perlu melaksanakan dasar yang serupa, demi kemuliaan agama Islam dan juga kedudukan sosio-ekonomi dan demografi orang Melayu. – BAKI MINUDDIN, Ampang, Selangor.

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Jackson's Acquittal

16 Jun


Jackson’s acquittal

The acquittal of Michael Jackson has come as a relief to thousands of his fans across the globe. That he was found “not guilty” of all 10 charges, including sexual abuse of children, shows that he was a victim of a well thought-out conspiracy. The pop icon can at last relive his glorious past by picking up the pieces of his life.

Barun Kumar Mahapatro,

Berhampur, Orissa


Hindu On Net

Jacky Cheung Sings, Dances, Acts; But He Is Above All A Father

7 Jun

Jacky Cheung may be known for his mild-mannered ways, but his eldest daughter, Yiu Wah, seems just the opposite – she’s one tough cookie.

When a call was made to Jacky’s home, his maid answered and put the caller on hold – only to have Jacky’s four-year-old daughter pick up the phone suddenly.

“My daddy is having an interview,” she said in fluent English. She was a young girl, but she spoke in a tone that was almost fierce.

“If you know my daddy, I’ll know you!” she concluded, before hanging up.

This was all rather unusual for a celebrity figure. It’s overprotective publicists – not overprotective daughters of pre-school age – who usually run their affairs.

The journalists from the local press present at the group conference call were, frankly, bemused.

But if this is what Jacky’s life is like, then the 43-year-old entertainer – who will be here on Sept 16 to perform in his hit musical, Snow.Wolf.Lake – is one grounded, down-to-earth celebrity.

The second attempt at calling Jacky proved more successful. The voice that said hello sounded friendly and familiar – it was, after all, the same voice that had belted out so many Chinese pop favourites.

“That was my older daughter. The younger one can barely speak,” said Jacky.

Yiu Qing, his second daughter with wife, former actress May Lo, was born earlier this year. The pregnancy had been kept secret from the media.

“Yiu Wah is at that curious stage now. If she’s offended any of you, please forgive her,” he said with a laugh.

Eight years ago, Jacky was in Singapore for the Cantonese version of Snow.Wolf.Lake. Back then, Nnadia Chan played the lead character, Snow, and Singaporean songbird Kit Chan was in the supporting role of Yu Feng.

It will be a different Snow.Wolf.Lake this year. Not only will it be in Mandarin, but Kit has also bowed out of the musical. Taiwanese sweetie pie Evonne Hsu will take over the lead role, while Nnadia will replace Kit.

Said Jacky of the changes: “When we knew Kit was going to leave the cast, it wasn’t just me who was sad.

“Actually, I wasn’t merely sad – I also had a headache deciding who could replace Kit. There were a lot of criteria.

“We had been rehearsing for quite long, so we needed someone who could just jump in and assume the role very quickly. We had to find someone who could hit the notes that Kit could, otherwise there would have to be a lot of changes made in a short time.”

Jacky said he was happy with the choice of Nnadia – “finding her was our luck” – but declined to say which other actresses had also been considered for the role.

Asked how similar the old and new versions of the musical might appear to the audience, he said: “In terms of image and the feel, there are differences. The music is also different.

“It’s been eight years already, so if people are still fixated with the version they first saw, their memory must be very good.”

His Snow.Wolf.Lake commitment aside, Jacky has just finished filming the movie-musical Perhaps Love, directed by Peter Chen and starring Takeshi Kaneshiro and China actress Zhou Xun.

And next on Jacky’s agenda – to his daughter’s delight: An appearance at the opening of Hong Kong’s Disneyland on Sept 12.

“Half of the reason I agreed to perform at Disneyland is my daughter. She’s a little too young to appreciate my films and concerts,” he said.

“Hopefully, there will be discounts on the rides for her!” –

Channel News Asia