"I have also never put on an image of someone who is seen to be religious, like wearing a kopiah (skullcap), growing a beard and putting on a jubah (robe)." - The Star 2nd April 2008
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"Datuk Zahid Hamidi satu-satunya orang UMNO yang faham tentang agama,biarkanlah dia bersama-sama pimpinan UMNO sekurang-kurangnya dia berguna pada orang melayu, jika tidak UMNO lagi payah."Sejurus selepas Zahid dilantik Menteri "Agama", The Star memberi dia liputan istimewa. Ini mungkin sekali adalah kehendak seseorang untuk memastikan tidak ada persoalan mengenai kelayakkannya sebagai orang "ugama". Baca dahulu liputan The Star berikut:
Zahid the man of religionAdakah ini cukup sebagai kelayakkan untuk menjadikannya Menteri Hal Ehwal Agama?
By ZULKIFLI ABD RAHMAN
The Star, Wednesday, 02 April 2008
IT MAY have come as a surprise to some but not Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, when he was appointed as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department with the responsibility of managing religious affairs.
Zahid believed his religious background was a factor in Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi selecting him for the task.
Zahid's parents Raden Ahmad Tarmidzi Raden Abdul Fattah and Tuminah Abdul Jalil were adamant in ensuring he had a good religious upbringing. Born in Bagan Datoh, Perak, on Jan 4, 1953, he pursued his secondary school education in a religious school in Ipoh, SMA Izuddin Shah.
As a matter of fact Zahid's grandfather Raden Ahmad, who was born in Jogjyakarta in Indonesia, was a mudir or director of a tahfiz (Quran-reading) school in Bagan Datoh and also taught at religious schools and mosques there.
"My father also studied religion and was well-liked by Syeikh Abdullah Fahim, who was the mudir of Madrasah Idrisiah in Kuala Kangsar."
"Syeikh Abdullah, who is the Prime Minister's grandfather, was later appointed as the Penang mufti and brought my father along to study at a madrasah in Kepala Batas near his home," he added.
Zahid said it was not a problem for him whether people categorised him as a "modernist Muslim" or a "conservative."
People also know that he is an avid biker, a sort of person who likes the rugged life.
"I have also never put on an image of someone who is seen to be religious, like wearing a kopiah (skullcap), growing a beard and putting on a jubah (robe). But Pak Lah has recognised my contribution to Umno as well as in various religious organisations and I will do my best," said Zahid, who is the chairman of the Superbikers Association of Malaysia (SAM).
He escaped serious injuries while leading a SAM convoy during the Tour de Indonesia motorcycle expedition last year.
Zahid believed that among the things that caught Abdullah's eye was his ability to organise and promote major Islamic religious activities, including the special meeting between the Prime Minister and state muftis, and a national imam conference.
The Bagan Datoh MP is also the chairman of the Hadhari Foundation and Hadhari secretariat and chair of the Dewan Amal Islam Hadhari, which is an umbrella organisation to help unite the country's Muslim NGOs.
On his plans as Minister in charge of Religious Affairs, Zahid said he would give more input to strengthen the moderate Islam approach and improving relations with religious leaders in the country.
Zahid joined Umno in 1976 soon after graduating from Universiti Malaya. He said his uncle Ustaz Raden Zabidi Abdul Fatah, an Umno branch leader, was the one who talked him into it.
"My uncle, who was a teacher to many muftis and kadis, actually passed me an Umno membership form which I duly signed," he added.
Since then , the 55-year-old Umno supreme council member has had his fair share of political turmoil.
His star began to shine when Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak appointed him as his political secretary in 1987 while Zahid was the youth head of the Bagan Datoh Umno division.
He rose quickly to become the Umno Youth chief. His career, however, stalled when he was detained under the Internal Security Act, albeit for only 10 days, during the Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim-led reformasi campaign in 1998.
"I don't deny that I'm friends with Anwar but I was never influenced by him. I never served under him.
"I don't blame Tun (Dr Mahathir Mohamad) for detaining me under the ISA. Maybe he got feedback from people who thought I was a threat at that particular time," he added.
Zahid's political resurrection began in the 2000 Umno elections when he received the fourth highest number of votes in the contest for a supreme council seat. In 2004, he obtained the second highest number of votes to retain his seat comfortably.
Zahid has indeed come a long way from the boy who once sold ice-cream in primary school to learn to be self-sufficient and later helped in the school canteen as a teenager to earn extra pocket money.
But his determination to be the best that he can has always stood him in good stead and it is this quality that will serve him well as a full-fledged Minister.
Respon saya dalam komentar adalah:
"Beliau belajar hanya setakat Sekolah Menengah Agama Izuddin. Di Universiti Malaya, Zahid Hamidi belajar Sastera. (Maka hebatlah istilah kata Melayu dan lain-lain diguna dalam ucapan.) Masa bekerja, Zahid bekerja di Bank, Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation. Kemudian dia bekerja di PNB di bawah Khalid Ibrahim. Ph D yang dikompang2 pun dalam jurusan Sains Politik.Adakah Zahid faham isu-isu agama?
"Dia hanya kompang2 pertalian bapak atau atok dia dengan Abdullah Fahim."
Zahid mempromosikan Islam Hadhari dan pendekatan Islam Moderat. Baca tulisan AnwarIbrahimDotCom tentang Islam Moderat di sini. Itulah agenda imperialis Barat dengan merosakkan akidah Islam.
Inilah laungan perjuangan Anwar Ibrahim dan Gus Dur. Mengapa Zahid sanggup memperjuangkan Agenda Hancurkan Islam perjuangan Anwar Ibrahim dan Gus Dur yang diatur Barat?
Sebagai kesimpulan, respons saya seterusnya berikut:
UMNO telah ketepikan kuota Naib Presiden agama setelah Wan Mokhtar kalah. Selama UMNO ada Naib Presiden UMNO kuota agama, adakah ada apa-apa perubahan kerohanian agama yang betul2 tulin? Saya tidak nampak releven dan efektifnya. Pada saya yang penting adalah kepimpinan.Saya hanya sayangkan UMNO dan mahu menghindarkan UMNO dari dipimpin orang-orang yang berpura-pura.
Orang yang faham Islam faham bahawa keadilan dan kesucian Islam adalah meletakkan sesuatu pada tempatnya yang sepatut. Adakah patut Zahid diletakkan di tempat2 yang tidak patut dia berada?
Adakah Zahid menghayati apa yang dikata? Kes saham Kretam? Orang faham ugama terlibat dgn rasuah?
Kes Amir Bazli (yang akan saya siarkan poenuh perinci)? Orang faham agama membuat kerja ganas sesama insan. Dan memanipulasi (persekongkolan dengan) polis dan mahkamah?
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Keadaan UMNO tenat. Sebagai parti yang top bottom (dalam) proses demokrasi, hala tujunya dan nasib parti banyak terletak kepada pemimpin.
Mahukah kita bersikap "tak apa" dan menggunakan alasan "'sekurang-kurangnya" dalam memikirkan hala tuju parti dan perjuangan orang melayu?
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