Thursday, March 13, 2008
A day in the life of the Chief Minister of Kelantan
I am not a big fan of Nik Aziz - always assume that he is a hard liner, extremely conservative and narrow to some extent. While on one hand he may hold a high moral ground in realizing the cardinal of faith in a state - but at times he invites too many controversy as a result of bias media or his own careless statements.
I wonder how will he fair in a multi-ethnic society and culture outside Kelantan. I also wonder as to whether he would be able to bring forth a progressive voice for Islam or a much unwanted conservative one.
It is a point to note that the Syariah so often called for by advocates of Syariah - is truly unlike what is often quoted and thought of. For more info - please read Muhammad Asad's Principle of State and Government in Islam. The jeez of it is (and I hope I don't sound a liberal muslim - forgive the term) while the Syariah engages a society into a certain condition of things and jurisdcition - however that does not by and large is intended to manifest into a totalitarianistic implementation of it. On the contrary, there is much flexibility for all irregardless of race and faith. As an illustration, just study Andalusia, Granada, Kufa and the likes in the classical period.
I just wish some of us would study our religion better.
However so and all this aside, it is indeed pretty interesting and remarkable that for a Chief Minister - Nik Aziz's lifestyle and living condition does not appear to be of one. Viewing the clip surely reminisce of the narration one reads from the classical account of the benign caliph of the classical times. I am reminded as to how Umar (ra) would roam the streets at night to ensure that his people are well taken care of and would put himself to task if he were to find a hungry family or household. I remembered that Ali (ra) did not live in enermous palaces unlike the subsequent (in general) found throughout the Umayyad dynasty - rather he live in an humble abode. I am reminded as to the easy access the people had to the Prophet when he was the head of the Muslim Ummah in Madinah and how he had impressed onto his governors to conduct themselves likewise.
In comparison to the wages one earned when one takes up a portfolio in a cabinet (especially in the localized context) - it is truly remarkable that at this day and age a certain Nik Aziz still conducts himself in a mild and humble manner. While we would be easily move to say that this is purely to win hearts and votes - the khusnuzon side of me hopes that this is due to something less superficial than that.
Whatever it is, this is an interesting point to ponder and reflect especially for some of us whom would one day potentially be offered portfolios and bigger responsibilities.