The Herald Tribune picked up the story as did Channel News Asia. Apparently 30 (or was it 50) members of PAS turned up at the gates of British High Comm and began chanting Destroy Salman Rushdie, Destroy Britain! and demanding that London withdraws the knighthood. (More on the demonstration and more pics on the Pemuda PAS Willayah blog.)*
Maybe those of us in favour of Rushdie receiving the award should write a letter of support and deliver it in similar fashion!
Though something tells me that the IHT and other international news agencies wouldn't be interested in a group of people who weren't propagating an intolerant stereotype for convenient western consumption.
This is an interesting opinion piece about Rushdie's knighthood in the New Straits Times by the vice-chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia, Dzulkifli Abdul Razak. He points out:
... to knight or not to knight is a sovereign prerogative of the nation concerned. It is not an international recognition and as such need not overtly concern any outsider. ... (but) to protest or, worse still, to riot is a misplaced action. The question is this: Why did some Muslim communities react the way they did?Postscript:
This needs to be raised now so that Muslims are not constantly subjected to harassment each time a nation decides to do something that is not to their liking. Otherwise, this would eventually render the community to be somewhat like a Pavlovian dog that "salivates" at will.
How very ironic that a comment (politely worded, considering) that I left on the PAS Pemuda blog this morning got wiped off. I pointed out that I found their cry of "Destroy Britain" deeply offensive, Any remnant of respect I might have had for this organisation is now in the dustbin.