No Show For A Year
I thought the subject of Rosnah Mat Aris, the woman who insulted our revered Siti Khadijah, is closed.
The woman has apologised, for Heaven's Sake!
Rosnah, if you remember, was the actress who insulted Siti Khadijah, wife of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) on TV3's entertainment programme,"Sensasi".
I am neither Rosnah's friend nor her foe.
But I sure feel sorry for her.
How unfair it is for RTM to "gam" her for a year. That's artistespeak for not being allowed to appear in any RTM channel for that duration.
It was bad enough that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)
banned "Sensasi". Now, the actress gets banned by RTM.
I suppose it was a matter of time before RTM jumped on the "ban" bandwagon.
I believe several artistes/performers (local and foreign) had suffered the same fate in the past.
We are so going back in time, so retrogressing. Our minds are so closed and blinkered. We're not thinking or thinking ahead. We're not making wise decisions. We're taking the easy way out.
Why don't we just flog the woman? Maybe everyone will feel better.
Rosnah, in that programme, committed a "sin" in the eyes of Muslims.
You see, she used the word "mampus" when making a reference to the wide age gap between Siti Khadijah and her younger husband, Muhammad (SAW).
The word means "dead" or "dies". But it is in a derogatory and crude form. It is very insulting to refer to anyone being "mampus". You'd probably use it on someone you really hate and wish dead.
Saying that Siti Khadijah is older than the Prophet is not insulting because it is a fact.
But the silly woman used the objectionable word. I believe she said Siti Khadijah was at a "dah nak mampus" age.
Children would really get their mouths "chillied" if they so much as attempt to say the word.
And on our revered Siti Khadijah. No, no, no.
We're not overly-sensitive. But that's the way it is. You don't insult Allah (SWT), Islam, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his wives. You don't insult Siti Khadijah.
Of course, we are forgiving. We can understand when someone is ignorant or stupid, or if remarks are made without malice or any sinister motive.
Rosnah was not stupid. Let's not stereotype her. She was neither ignorant.
She was emotional because she was being needled and pushed by 2 very unprofessional hosts who were in pursuit of a sensational story -- Rosnah's reported relationship with a younger man .
But that was probably demanded of them. To make the programme sensational.
Get that sensationalism out of the subject. That subject at that time was Rosnah,.
It is a lousy concept because it lacks imagination and creativity.
How difficult is it to sensationalise things? Even they had the audience laughing when Rosnah uttered those insulting remarks.
Now did I say we are forgiving? Maybe RTM isn't.
And did I say, Muslims will take offence if we insult Siti Khadjiah? I am still figuring out why the audience was laughing.
Rosnah , I believe, has learnt her lesson. Let's hope she makes the best out of the situation she is in. And I mean it in a positive way.