Is Accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge A Must?

The ALS Ice Bucket challenge is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease and encourage donations to research.

In one of the popular versions of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, accepting the challenge means dumping a bucket of ice water on your head and donating $10 to the ALS Association. If you decline the challenge, you’ll have to donate $100 to the association.

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Many popular celebrities have taken up the challenge, including fictional characters such as Kermit the Frog!

The question is, how many of them actually know what is ALS? To lots of people, it seems like it is just the latest ‘in’ thing to do and the campaign has lost its actual purpose. Just because lots of hot and popular people did it, everyone needs to do it too to be trendy. This is how polluted the minds of people these days…

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What about the save the earth campaigns which include water conservation?

Isn’t there better ways to create awareness to ALS that without wasting water when a large population of the Earth today do not have enough water for their necessary needs?

In America…

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In Africa…

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In Selangor…

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Selangor citizens queue to get the limited water from a SYABAS water tank during the ongoing water crisis; a pail of water means a lot all of us who are effected by the water crisis!

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge which originated from Northern America has gone so viral that it has already set its foot on the Malaysian shores. Lots of Malaysian TV stars, politicians and other celebrities have recorded themselves dumping a bucket of water on their heads, and it seems like the challenge is growing very popular among the DAP leaders, including its Muslim leaders!

Zairil Khir Johari and Steven Sim:

Lim Guan Eng:

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MPSP president, Maimunah Sharif:

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Did any of these Muslims stop to think before doing something? Or is it doing something like the Hollywood stars did is so cool that they don’t even care about the similarities below?

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge-Picture Comparison

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It looks like the ‘actions’ done in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is rather similar to the Christian’s religious rite of purification or regeneration and admission to the Christian Church or in simple words, BAPTISM.


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge-Baptism of Jesus

Well, it seems like not only DAP leaders who do not care to save the earth by conserving water, but DAP friendly leaders were also influenced by this popular past time to be seen as cool, trendy and sporting…

Khairy Jamaluddin:

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Nazri Aziz:

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I wish to congratulate Malaysian Muslim leaders like Malaysia’s Defense Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and UMNO’s Rahman Dahlan who do not mind not to be looked as ‘popular, trendy ans sporting’ despite being challenged to do so. There are other ways to create awareness, and political leaders must understand that they are not popular artists, there are lots of more important things to be done by them other than doing things to be popular.

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