Saturday, February 26, 2011

Memorendum to The King: Natives of Sarawak Warn Pertubuhan Kebajikan Al-Ehsan Islamaiah Malaysia To Respect The Rights Of Malaysian from other Faiths

Saturday, 26th February 2011

Being Malaysian I am Reminding Arshad Kassim not to offend the feelings of Malaysians From the  other Faiths such as Christians, Hinduism and Buddhism.

Arshad Kassim : This is Malaysia thus Please think and act as Malaysia!
Federal Constituition  has never  mentioned that Malaysia is a Muslim country. Even though article 3 of the constituition does mention that Islam is the official religion of the Federation but no article in the contituition ever mentioned that Malaysia is an Islamic Country.

It was reported in Utusan Malaysia on Thursday, 24th Feb 2011 that the Pertubuhan Kebajikan Al-Ehsan Islamaiah Malaysia led by it Assistant Secretary General Arshad Kassim had submitted the Memorendum to the Agong, to complain about the Setting-Up of the  interfaith portfolio by YAB Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Pulau Pinang on 16 Feb 2011. According to Lim, the role of the potfolio was to to handle non-Muslim religious issues in the state. It will be chaired by Lim himself while Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy was appointed the deputy.

Islam Is The Religion Of the Federation. WhatBut can Malaysians Embrace  the Other Religions?

Article 3 of the Federal Constitution also clearly mentions that Malaysians are allowed to practice the other faiths other than Islam. As such action should be taken against any person or organisation that tries to instigate any religious conflict in the country. The action of this organisation is tantamount to instigating religious unrest should be handled accordingly.

This country is a multi-racial and multi-religious country. Muslims in this country must learn to live with Malaysians from  other religions. Actions that can offend the feelings of the non-muslims must be avoided. As a non-muslim myself who had studied and worked in Peninsular, I had never offended my muslim friends or colleagues. But how about our muslim friends. For those non-muslim who had ever attended the Religious Classes (Islam) might have heard how their Ustazah or Ustaz offended and belittle them for being a non-muslim or kafir/Infidel. Or one can ask the non-muslim soldiers how they are being treated for being non-muslim? I dont want to eloborate further here because I dont want to be percieved as an  anti  Islam.

A few days ago, I recieved the information from reliable source that the religious practices like morning prayer and religious talks by Christian priests were no longer allowed in the two popular mission schools in Kuching, the St Thomas and St Joseph School  by the Ministry of Education. The schools were no longer the elite school with good examination results as they have been plagued by the non-christian students,  who  most of them came from the nearby police stations and army camps. But what has our Christian Ministers done? 

But Why There Was No Police Report  Made Against This Group

This country is a multi-religious country. The action of this group of submitting the memorendum to the King and Governor of Pulau Pinang can incite religious unrest in the country therefore should be charged accordingly in court.
To all Sarawakians especially the christians, please  read more the history book so that we all awared the conditions that had been put forward by our forefather before they agreed to be part of Malaysia.

Mupok Aku

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