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Malaysia Burn ‘Allah’ Bibles, Perkasa Chief To Muslims

Gyani Jarnail Singh

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Jul 4, 2004
Burn ‘Allah’ Bibles, Perkasa chief to Muslims
by Athi Shankar


PERMATANG PAUH: Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali has called on Muslims to seize and burn copies of Bibles which contain the term “Allah” or other Arabic religious words.

Stressing that he was not instigating communal tension, the Pasir Mas MP insisted that it was the only way to stop non-Muslims from stirring the sensitivities and sentiments of the majority of population in the country.

He said certain non-Muslim groups were out to provoke the Muslims by using the term “Allah” or any other Arabic religious words in the Bible.
Under the Non-Islamic Religion (Control on Expansion Among Muslims) Act 1988, he said non-Muslims are prohibited from using several Arabic religious terms, including Allah, in their prayers or scriptures.

“Muslims must unite to protect their religion. They must seize those Bibles, including the Malay editions, which contained the term Allah and other Arabic religious terms, and burn them.

“This is the way to show our anger against disrespect to our sensitivity,” he told a press conference after delivering his presidential speech at a Perkasa convention here today.

‘Pre-election tactic’
Held at UiTM campus, the convention was on ‘Economic and Education Transformation of Penang Malays’.

Ibrahim was referring to a police report lodged by Persatuan Mukabuku Pulau Pinang this week alleging that two men have distributed Bibles to Muslims pupils at the entrance of a secondary school in Jelutong town on the island.

He said it was wrong for non-Muslims to distribute Bibles to Muslims as such activities were also banned under the 1988 Act.

He said certain non-Muslim groups dared to infringe the law to stir Muslim religious sentiments merely to fish for votes in the forthcoming general election.

He claimed that their pre-election tactic was to provoke Muslims to be busy in a polemic among themselves on religious issues, such as using “Allah” in the Christian holy book, Bible.

“This is a deliberate attempt to divert the Muslim attention from political issues,” said Ibrahim.


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Jun 17, 2004
Noorhayati’s rant reflects poorly on Umno
Priscilla Prasena


KUALA LUMPUR: The racist remarks by Wanita Umno member Noorhayati Saidin against student activist KS Bawani reflects poorly on Umno, said a DAP state assemblyman.
Kota Alam Shah’s M Manoharan said Noorhyati’s mindset is reflective of the majority of Umno members that non Malays in this country should be grateful for the ‘good life’ in this country.

“Among others, she said that Bavani should go to India if she didn’t like it here and also that Indians did not have access to proper toilets before Umno-BN governed the country.
“I understand that she has since apologised but I dare say it was a politically expedient act rather than genuine remorse on her part,” he said in a statement.

Bawani, a UUM law student and Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit) activist, became an overnight sensation after a YouTube clip showing her being berated by a pro-government moderator at a student forum went viral.

Netizens, as well as politicians, including Deputy Higher Education Minister Saifuddin Abdullah and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, were quick to come to Bawani’s defence and condemn the action of the moderator, Suara Wanita 1Malaysia (SW1M) president Sharifah Zohra Jabeen.

1Malaysia slogan a charade

Noorhayati went on a racist rampage on her Facebook attacking Bawani. She subsequently apologised “unreservedly to her Indian friends” for her comments, saying she had no intention to insult her, as she “grew up with Indians” and that some Malay individuals, who had different political ideologies, made a mountain out of a molehill.

“If you all want me to apologise, ok, I, Norhayati Saiddin, am sorry to all my Indian friends,” she wrote. She also clarified that she did not ask Bawani to go home to India, but instead to go to India to study, if she (Bawani) wanted free education.

“Norhayati is just unfortunate to be exposed. I say ‘unfortunate’ because the great majority of Umno members share her racist perspectives but it was she who got caught in the line of fire and also because she was just articulating the myth propagated by Umno that Malays are under siege by the the non-Malays.

“Vile racism has been used to deny non Malays of their basic constitutional rights. And Indians in this country have paid the highest price for the many reasons that I have discussed before in my writings,” Manoharan said in a statement

He said the time has come for Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to acknowledge that his 1Malaysia slogan was just a charade and identify the reasons behind the failure.
“He must be honest and forthright for the many weaknesses in its genesis and implementation,” he added.



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