Guan Eng Urges ‘Moderate’ Najib To Act Over Isma Chief’s ‘Infidel’ Comment

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GEORGETOWN, Oct 26 –DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng has asked if Putrajaya will take action against the president of Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) who was recorded as telling a symposium that political Islam means Muslims must fight “kafirs” (infidels). Lim described Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman’s remarks a dangerous development.

“Will the Home Minister (Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi) or the Inspector General of Police (Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar) take action on Isma?” Lim, who is also Penang Chief Minister said in a statement today. He said their failure to do so would make Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak isolated with his “sweet words of moderation” that only appear to be empty chatter. He asked how Najib could champion “wasatiyah” or moderation without taking any action on Isma over such a statement.

“Should no action be taken by Najib, Malaysia may become disorderly and chaotic if Isma is allowed to continue with its efforts to fight infidels in the name of political Islam,” Lim said. Abdullah had said at Isma’s symposium on Islamic political thought at Universiti Tenaga Nasional at Bangi last Friday that Malaysia needs political Islam that is dominant and strong and cannot be challenged, in its fight against “kafirs”.

Lim added that the DAP welcomed the call by Dr Mohd Parid Sheikh Ahmad, president of Islamic NGO Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia, who appealed for an end to labels such as “pendatang” (immigrants) and “penceroboh” (intruders) used on non-Malays and non-Muslims. Lim said Parid had touched the hearts of Malaysian people by his comment that non-Malays and non-Muslims helped build the nation.

At Ikram’s annual general assembly yesterday, Parid said Islam’s image as a religion of peace must be maintained, while elements of threats and sedition must be stamped out. “It is true that the public at large should focus on efforts to bring about an atmosphere of mutual respect and to nurture understanding among the races and religions of this country,” Lim said.

He said the DAP believes the majority of Malaysians want to live securely and peacefully, and are not interested in discords between Muslims and non-Muslims through such sentiments as aired by Abdullah. “Due to this, Malaysians must together hold firm against any aggression and hatred that are drummed up by the ‘extremist’ NGO Isma.” he said.

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