This morning, one of my friends (Malaysian in fact) shared me a hilarious news regarding his country. It turns out that in Malaysia, you can’t show any depiction of a pig faces. No, I’m not making this up, in the Malaysian edition of New York Times, there is an article about the growing demand of raising pigs outside the barn and the pig faces depicted in the newspaper has been censored (See link at the end of the article).
Now, let me be clear, this article does not insult all Malaysian people. You read it yourself, I got this news from a Malaysian friend of mine and he probably feels the same way about Islamic oppression from the radical groups that is happening in Malaysia.
On a lighter note, I would like to ask those who is in favor of censoring pictures of pigs “What is the matter with you?”. I didn’t know you can get aroused just by looking at pigs. I mean, that kind of censoring usually intended for an NSFW content that is not appropriate to be seen. I’m wondering if there were no censor, would people get a boner just by looking a pig’s face from a newspaper?
I mean, I know that a moslem is forbidden from eating pigs because it is unclean but I don’t recall them seeing a pig (a pig picture in fact) is considered forbidden. And that topic brings me to another topic why I hate a country that imposes a certain religion to their government system. It’s not that I care whether they censor a pig face over an article or not but the main point is it opens the possibility of an extensive oppression to minorities. If you haven’t followed the news, Malaysian government also banned the word “Allah” in other holy books except from Qur’an (Link for this news is available below). If Malaysians don’t oppose this kind of religion oppression that is currently also happening in Indonesia, then intolerance will spread because the radicals know that the government fears them which makes them do whatever they wish to incite intolerance and violence.