Well, for the umpteenth time, one of my new year’s resolution is to STOP PROCRASTINATING!!!!
So doing my annual end of the year report on the state of the Realm of the Lone Grey Squirrel about a week into the next year isn’t so bad, is it? What’s a week past the deadline between friends.
However, the real problem is that when I looked back on 2013, there isn’t much to report. Been a kind of quiet year in the Realm. I guess that the biggest single event of the year was my enforced exile for 7 months while my nest was being repaired and renovated. Something that I am quite glad is over and I am now comfortably installed in my spanking new mad scientist laboratory.
Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad year. Let’s just say it wasn’t a vintage year. Lots of things went well for which I thank God but it wasn’t a vintage year.
No major achievements like winning the Nobel Prize (Drats and curses – wasn’t my “donation enough”?!?!); world conquest (bummer) or winning the lottery jackpot (bummer-er).
And my other great desire …….. world peace? The world didn’t do well in that regard at all last year.
As far as blogging is concerned, it also wasn’t a hot year for me. I took leave from blogging for 4 months and I only managed 27 posts for the year. Not very prolific at all. That’s just about a post every two weeks.
So what can we look forward to in 2014?
Well, sadly in Malaysia, the year has already started badly. Just two days into the new year, Islamic religious officers raided the Bible Society of Malaysia, arrested two people and confiscated more than 300 Malay-language bibles. Some leaders also called for protests to be held outside churches.
This was the latest chapter in a saga which started just over 3 years ago in which Christians were told that they were no longer allowed to use some 35 words of Arabic origin which they have used in the Malay and the indigenous languages bibles for several centuries, contending that these words are for the exclusive use of Muslims and no other religion.
Christians comprise some 10 per cent of the country’s population of 29 million and the Malay-language Bibles are widely used by the indigenous tribes in the states of Sarawak and Sabah (Christian majority states) and by the Orang Asli (indigenous peoples) of West Malaysia which accounts for about 66% of all the Christians.
The use of the word “Allah” (the word meaning God) by Christians led to several churches being torched and vandalised in 2010 after a high court ruling allowing the Christians the right to use the word.
Ahead of a state election in Sarawak, the government agreed to a 10 point plan which basically assured that Christians that they could continue to import, print and use the Malay bibles as long as certain conditions were met. This recent raid, arrests and confiscation of the Malay bibles seem to fly in the face of that agreement.
Whatever your religious beliefs, I hope you will join in and pray for tolerance, peace and respect between peoples of all faiths.
Here in the Realm, I have decided to focus on more achievable targets than world conquest. I plan to post an average of 2 posts per week this year. Wish me luck. It’s only the first week and I am already behind on the strike rate.