MENJ: Gone But Not Gone

For those of you at Project Petaling Street who still work with your sense of curiosity and know a thing or two about our resident fundamentalist MENJ, it would seem that he has once again blocked Malaysian IP addresses as he did before. More to the point, he has “divorced” himself from PPS. His reason if you can’t access his page would be:

I am divorcing my blog from the Malaysian blogosphere, starting from now. Please do not regard this blog as a Malaysian one, but as a Muslim one. I think my citizenship is posing a lot of problems for me, as some overtly-sensitive Christians don’t seem to get the point of this article. If I can get away with writing even deeper stuff than that Op-Ed for a primarily American audience (which Bismika Allahuma currently enjoys), and yet get a band of Malaysian hooligans stampeding here and trampling on even my basest principles, I think there is certainly something wrong with the Malaysian public.

This is promptly followed by:

So here’s the deal: I won’t be pinging to PPS any longer, I don’t need the attention and I certainly won’t associate myself with the fraternity that is part of the Malaysian blogosphere. I think I have had enough of that. I need to expand my horizons. And indeed I will. I will talk about the world.

Welcome Americans. Welcome Britons. Get lost, Malaysians. So goodbye, PPS

Nice and mellowdramatic. The kind of thing you’d expect when you’ve felt like you’ve had your own principles thrown back at you. If there is a reason why he did this, it is because the majority of Malaysian people who have read what he wrote does not agree with him one bit. Not just from the non-muslims but from Muslims as well. For that we are labeled as “hooligans” and people with issues. I think the thing that disturbs me most in this final rebuttal in which relates to what I have been talking about in religion is the exact line where he says:

Please do not regard this blog as a Malaysian one, but as a Muslim one.

To call himself with ideals that even Muslims can’t see eye to eye as a person that speaks out as a Muslim to western countries like the States or UK isn’t what I call a precursor for good role model of Islam. If anything, my fears rests with what I’ve talked about before about ignorance and prejudice from one’s devoted beliefs. My fears are that people such as himself will cause other countries with a different indoctrinated belief or an open mind to reinforce what western media has always portrayed Muslims to be – the stereotypical zealot who disregards everything save for what they believe themselves.

For those still knee deep in the Malaysian Blogosphere, you still have to understand that people out here in the world have a better long term memory than just two months. Things said before would still be taken into account if proved relevent given the chance to cross reference ideas and information. Given MENJ’s track record for hypocrisy and double standards, do you really think that people will stand for that? As much as I don’t approve of his ideals and practices, I’d like to give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

Where MENJ stands and how his blog will eventually fair in the end remains for time to tell. However given the trend for religious blogs to either be ignored by the general masses except for devoted believers or be the heated subject between two opposing ideals, how it eventually fairs depends on MENJ’s ability to assimilate and modernise and update the western concept of what Islam is and not come off as a crackpot that changes the rules when things get too hot.

MENJ does still ping PPS with the other blogs he is a part off or owns, so his personal blog may be gone, perhaps not for good but his ideals will still be there for all to see unless he chooses to secede them from the PPS community as well, which again is cause to be seen. As for me in this matter between apostasy and my own beliefs, maybe it’s time to shift gears and put on the breaks. That of course is another topic altogether.

24 thoughts on “MENJ: Gone But Not Gone

  1. Well, he has yet to respond to my questions, so Ijust posted my own post up and am waiting to see if he repsonds.

  2. How wanky. (the idea of the Malaysian “blogosphere” being this monolith is wanky in and of itself, let alone this).

    And how Tim Yang-like too!

  3. nu-uh.. He still pings PPS.

    “Interview with Off The Edge
    Heh, I better get a copy on 31st August 2006. That’s when I will make a comeback.
    Critical Thoughts | August 12, 2006 08:56 PM”

  4. Yeah I noticed that he just pinged PPS too. Probably coz he’s a traffic-attention-whore. That norulah (or however u spell it) and bukan liberal crap is still pinging PPS consistently

  5. Emmanuel: I doubt he’ll even bother. He’ll just write it off as people who don’t understand his point and are unbelievers in the first place.

    Tiara: Ahh well, people like that have a habit of hiding when things get too hot for them. Then claim that they are expressing free speech and we’re the ones oppressing them. It’s hard for them to tell the difference between freedom of speech and true oppression.

    Noor Hidayat: Isn’t that called hypocrisy? Besides how are any Malaysians supposed to read that when he banned the entire IP range? If that isn’t enough, he pings all his blogs for the same title and topic…which has been going on for sometime and frankly is getting very annoying.

    Jon: Hypocrisy really knows no bounds doesn’t it?

  6. From PPS:

    Interview with Off The Edge
    Heh, I better get a copy on 31st August 2006. That’s when I will make a comeback.
    Critical Thoughts | August 12, 2006 08:56 PM

  7. You know… the good thing about this?

    He’s making Christians like me reach for the Bibles to ensure that we’re not being idiots when we reply to him.

    Counterproductive, perhaps?

  8. hypocrisy at its best. he condemn muslims who leave islam, but happy when non-muslims are converted to islam.

  9. Pat: Well, he’s forcing everyone to really take a second look at what they believe to know where we stand. It’s a good thing though when you look at it that way. Never thought of it like that before.

    fdfds: Which is is why his arguments have no base. You can’t work on that kind of double standard and have credibility at the same time. The world doesn’t work that way.

    Cynical: Nope. As far as I know and checked, I’m pretty clean over at this end. I rarely if ever comment on his blog so he probably doesn’t know my specific IP address range to begin with anyway.

  10. Well yeah.. but if you use the method I told you, then it’ll make it hard for all of us who wants to read whatever crap he writes. 😛

  11. Somehow I feel lost in my own blog comments. That doesn’t seem right. 🙂

    Anyway, I can’t access the blog now because I think he banned the entire Australian IP range. Not like that has ever stopped me from keeping myself up to date on those things anyway. 🙂

  12. I stumbled onto your blog last night, and thought I’d make a quick comment about MENJ and this situation. First, yes, I too have been blocked out; I thought he was only going to block Malaysian IPs, but I guess the block is more regional than I anticipated (Singapore and perhaps Australia, per you). Regardless… While I do read his blog frequently and comment on it occasionally, his block is not going to make me moan and groan because I can’t read his latest scribblings.

    One thing I’ve wanted to say to a lot of you MENJ-critics is that I think you all take him far too seriously. This isn’t to say that you don’t have the right to criticize MENJ, to support your own viewpoints, or even that MENJ doesn’t have faults of his own. Both my wife (who’s also read his blog) and I agree that he’s got his fair share of faults (although I won’t elaborate on them here because I’m trying not to backbite). But, from my perspective (that of an older man), MENJ strikes me as being passionate in his beliefs – and there’s nothing wrong in that either. As we Americans would say, MENJ is full of piss and vinegar, and maybe he just rubs you all the wrong way. I don’t think he’s learned how to moderate his arguments very well just yet. If any of you are interested in learning how to argue about religion (and this advice includes MENJ, if he should read this), I suggest you visit the moderated boards of Beliefnet, where you’ll get a quick education in what’s acceptable and non-acceptable discourse. 🙂 (I spent four years there on a near-daily basis before burning out.) But regardless of whether you visit Beliefnet or not, I really do think that everyone should relax for a moment and learn to take MENJ’s ideas with a grain of salt. Insha’allah, I think you’ll all feel better if you did.

  13. JD: I’m really not moaning and groaning about it and it really doesn’t bother me since if anything I still have access to what he puts down. Though the main reason why people like MENJ would rub me the wrong way is the stance he puts on his beliefs, as you say have yet to be able to form a more moderated and coherant course. There is nothing wrong with passion, I’m all for it but in everything in life and as an experienced man I am sure you realise the importance of being able to balance passion for what you believe and the tact of dealing with other people that probably won’t share your views. When you twist and disregard everything else including how the world works in order to place your views so that people will “listen” to you, that becomes quite disconcerting. I guess at the end of it, it is the worry that people like that will continue the stereotype about fundamentalist and extremist muslims. I don’t like to see that happening. I’ve personally suffered enough from it. So I do my part if any rather than just live with what I’ve got. Puts my mind at ease better than just sitting around. Difference in philosophy I guess. 🙂

  14. JD – You waste your breath. This blogger is almost as bad as those he critises for not being able to tolerate people who don’t share his awesome, fallen angel with a poet’s wounded soul perspective.

    He is always right. You cannot argue with an ego like that.

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