It’s already 1st Syawal for this 2016. Throughout Ramadhan 2016, a few commotions happened but I am interested on the Halal vaccine fracas as well as BREXIT – which more or less indirectly closely affiliated to me.
Vaccination & BREXIT.
Recently, there have been so many unauthorized Dr. Google amongst Malaysians and sadly most of them are from the Malay Moslem quarters. The arguments were of course, to question the Halal status of these vaccines. I noticed that most of them who oppose vaccines were not from Science background – they didn’t study Science as tertiary education major – and simply relying on hearsay and Dr. Google news.
It took 12 years for the medical community to finally nullify and retract this journal by Dr. Andrew Wakefield who claimed there was correlation between vaccination and autism. In short, the anti-vaccine research is no more valid. So, on what ground we are holding on? Please don’t use “Tawakallah cliches”. It will only deteriorate Moslem image. But then, it is prerogative. Sigh.
Of course some argued that there are also Western people who opposed vaccines and there was a published medical article which correlated the relationship between vaccination with autism. Nevertheless, they didn’t realize that these Western people are not at all Science-educated (Come on, Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carey?? SERIOUSLY?) AND the medical journal which the anti-vaccine people often cited; by Dr. Andrew Wakefield entitled “Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children” which centralized the correlation is now RETRACTED and unrecognized by the medical community!!!! You guys can REFER to this NCBI link :-
Apart from that, some anti-vaccine supporters oppose vaccine for their children because they are scared of the Haram content of vaccine and it would cause side-effect. I am sure they didn’t even know the concept of vaccine! As a Microbiology degree-holder, I am not expert but I do have the basic knowledge of microbiology. Vaccine is a weaken microbial that is similar to the antigens (attacking cells) that are fatal to the hose (human body). They are injected into our bodies so that our bodies could build the defense system that could contemplate and counter the vaccine which eventually would be able to counter the antigens! You need vaccines to serve as preface or precursor to what your body would be facing on the REAL THREAT. It’s more or less like a calculated simulation to strengthen our bodies!
Scary. My, my.
Nevertheless, it is all prerogative. We can give the bricks and bouquets of vaccinations but eventually these Malaysian Moslem parents would have the final say to what they want for their children. It is really sickening to see the antiquated Islamic conservatism of “Tawakallah” is being used to counter the Scientific approach which we should be emphasized upon if we want to be Progressive Moslems. I think these people should hear IKIM.FM’s slot “Islam dan Sains” (Islam and Science) by Prof. Dr. Datin Azizan every Friday at 12.30 p.m. It is VERY USEFUL! Nevertheless, those are prerogative.
Some of the hatred backlash happened due to BREXIT.
East European hater.
The 2nd issue would be BREXIT. As an ex-Islamic Banker, economy which initially didn’t entice me at all when I first started working in the bank HAS eventually etched deep niche in my interest. Nonetheless, I am not going to entail the root of BREXIT or the technical chronology – which you guys could find abundant in the Internet. What I want to write is the aftermath effect of BREXIT. On the day the verdict was announced, Pounds Sterling plunged and the forex parring between Ringgit-Pounds seem favourable especially for Malaysians who are to venture to United Kingdom in the nearest future. My sister and I managed to get forex conversion of 1 pound = RM 5.2 at IOI City Mall for our upcoming Europe trip this coming 7th July (on the second Raya!). Of course on the tourism aspect, the plunging of Pounds Sterling is a bless for non-Britons.
Operation Black Vote advertising campaign by Satch & Satchi. This is very much Public Relations + Propaganda element which are closely affiliated with my Communication niche. REFER to https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/30/operation-black-vote-referendum-poster-divisive.
Nevertheless on the humanistic aspect, BREXIT is deemed as a sign of Anglican / Brit Supremacy. It is sign of the Brits’ rejection towards non-Brits residents (The East Europeans, The Pakistanis / Indians, Asians ) which are perceived as “unworthy immigrants”- and the same goes to Islamophobia. Derogatory and racial remarks were statistically sky-rocketing after BREXIT was announced and these non-Brits residents were target of hatred by the extreme hooligans. Honestly, that is sad. Seeing xenophobic haters using the political platform to unleash their anger; the reincarnation of Klu Klux Klan.
There will always be an ultra racist in one society.
My sister and I are quite anxious by these humanistic revelation although on the forex parring, we were quite glad of the plunging currency against Ringgit. Hopefully our trip from 7th July – 19th July will be blessed. Amin!
Hopefully, our Europe trip will be just fine. Amin!
On whole, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2016. Sincerely from Shahrill Ramli at Jitra, Kedah.