The Shia Muslim community in Malaysia: they are absolutely numerically inferior and have no legal status, and their freedom of belief and practice is more consciously and planned by state power. suppress. And this disparity in power is just like Hu Sheng's 4,000-strong army against Wu Maiya more than a thousand years ago. The aspect of the memory struggle in Ashura is not only about conflict within Muslims, but has some general significance. The turbulent ethnic politics in Malaysia, the truth and historical interpretation of the May 13 Incident.
And even the national examination diplomas telemarketing list that have been delayed from time to time are all related to the selective memory and forgetting, emphasis and neglect, and manipulation of historical memory among different groups. , misappropriation, and then the formation of differences in memory, and even struggle. Dealing with these issues properly depends on us being open and positive to different groups and versions of the past.
This year's Independence Day of Malaya (31 August) comes right after Ashura. Amid all the hype of the nation's great independence, it is unlikely that anyone will pay attention to the forgotten Ashura - which seems to echo the long shadow of powerful, "public" official historical discourses. Memories of Ashura are in jeopardy. While we celebrate the victory of the community, we cannot ignore the memories of difference, "alternative", and stories of struggle and oppression that are with us.