This blog make no bone to express our disgust to discuss Interfaith issues. Faith is something personal. As far as possible, it should remain so and kept within the ambit of the Federal Constitution.
However, it took a legal dimension when conversion by one spouse results in dispute over the religion of the children. Whatever the argument, divorce should be done amicably and religion of children should be resolve within the family and not to burden or divide the society.
One friend noticed and concluded that interfaith issue is more synonymous with the more argumentative in nature Indians. Be it parents or lawyers or human rights activists or man the woman covert to marry or priests and archbishops, or women columnist cum gay rights activist, or liberal writers, so on and so forth, it will involve Indians or Mamak at the fore front or as the most vocal.
The latest involving Ustaz Shahul Hamid Seeni Mohameed Hamid is no indifferent as it involves a Mamak. The freelance speaker is a member of PAS and likely to be part of PAS psywar operating from masjid to masjid and surau to surau. His lawyer is likely to be PAS MP and a mamak, Hanifa Maidin.
Nevertheless, we disagree with Attorney General's strange swift action to charge.
Increasingly, the Malay and Muslim population is unhappy with Tan Sri Gani Patail, police and MCMC. Unless a convincing answer is forthcoming, it lead to a political backlash to BN as government enforcement agency and machinery is seen increasingly to discriminate against Malay Muslim.
The log arms of the long seemed fast and swift against Malay offenders, justified or not, but not on non Malay Muslims, especially the seditious remarks of DAP Chinese Red Bean Army against Malays and Muslims.
The action on road bully Kiki was swift but the police could not locate and charge a Chinese man, who is very much recognisable on video for abusing a Malay boy with hands tied and caught for theft.
The latest outcry on AG got even one Ketua Pemuda UMNO Bahagian to strangely gave support to Ustaz Shahul for the seemingly unfair and unjustified seditous charges against him. [Read what happened in MyNeweshub and Malaysiakini here and here.]
Maybe UMNO is trying to talk PAS into a coalition, but it got opposition friendly Sinar Harian to take the risk of giving a front page critic of AG.
Taking an extract from Wikipedia, a description of Sedition Act is as follows
The Sedition Act in Malaysia is a law prohibiting discourse deemed as seditious. The act was originally enacted by the colonial authorities of British Malaya in 1948. The act criminalises speech with "seditious tendency", including that which would "bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against" the government or engender "feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races".Read on here.
From a simple understanding of the description, it looks to be that the Indians of Shah Alam are on a selective judgement mode.
The Indian villified Dato Zulkifli Nordin till he lost badly in Indian areas for his remarks on the practise of Hindu religion amongst Malay PKR crowd but PAS supporter Indian could accept Ustaz Shahul explanation.
Though disparaging, Ustaz Shahul and Dato Zulkifli Nordin made those "comparative religous practise" among Muslim believers, which happen to be PAS and PKR supporting crowd. MIC and then Hindraf, respectively made police reports against both of them only many years later.
Ustaz Shahul and Zul Nordin is speaking among Muslim believers. And quite sure Christian or Hindi priests do make similar remarks on the practise of Islam, and others religion. It is only natural to strengthen the faith of their own followers and should not be deem as inciting hatred.
It is those that took the issue outside the confine of the private affair and into the public sphere that has "seditious tendency" which is trying to "bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against" other faith and "feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races.".
In this case, The Unspinners wrote here yesterday that it is MIC that made the report and make this issue to incite the Indians against Ustaz Shahul that commited sedition. Police report must be made against Dato M Saravanan and Youth leader, C Sivarraajh and AG should respond swiftly.
If MIC so much believe in harmony between different faith, then they should make a report on the following FB commentors:
Although he has been rejected for being rough and rude by Masjid and Surau in Penang, legally speaking, Ustaz Shahul answer is fair and he does not need to apologise:
However, one lawyer, who knows Ustaz Shahul's reputation commented in our Whats App group as follows:
Pada pendapat saya Ust Shahul bersalah saya setuju dia dikenakan tindakan. Tetapi pada masa yg sama kafir2 lain yg menghina Islam dan orang Melayu juga patut diambil tindakan.Gani ... do you hear that? So charge also those who upload and made the video viral!
Juctice for all!
Government should act without fear & favour. No to selective prosecution.