Jais acting like Gestapo

By Dr Chen Man Hin, DAP life advisor

JAIS should be open minded and not act like a Gestapo arm of Umno.

Since when did the constitution allow an organisation to barge into a religious building (church, temple) and boss around in the name protection of Islam?

It is the tradition that a religious building is open to everyone who wishes to pray, to seek advice or just to seek solace and respite. There is no compulsion for a person to enter or to leave.

So why was Jais so steamed up as to gate crash a social gathering in Damansara Utara Methodist Church, just because a few Muslims were present and having a conversation with other friends?

Jais inspectors could have joined the gathering and participated in the discussions to find out what was is going on. they could have left quietly if satisfied it was a social gathering, and not a meeting to preach to Muslims to convert them to a different faith.

So what was all the drama, action and fuss about? Why is there a phobia of Malay Muslims opting out of Islam? The cause of the phobia is the aim of Ketuanan Melayu which preaches that with Malay unity, Islam, the Malays will remain strong and powerful.

This ketuanan policy has led to the misconception that Muslims and non-Muslims cannot meet together especially on non-Muslim premises. It is this narrow concept that has blocked the integration of the races in the country.

In contrast, the Buddhist could mix easily with Christians, Hindus with Christians or Christians with Sikhs. Similarly, in Sarawak, the Dayaks, Melanaus, Kadazans, Chinese, and other races mix with each other freely. There is no phobia of proselytisation of Muslims by other religions.

Umno should learn from the example of Indonesia, which is the second largest Muslim country in the world, but it has a per capital income of US$ 3033 which is much lower than in US$ 8030 of Malaysia. So where is the rationale for Umno to insist on a Ketuanan Melayu policy which will only keep most Malayus poor like their counterparts in Indonesia.

PR has a Ketuanan Rakyat policy, which states that all Malaysians are equal. We stress on religious freedom, democracy, justice and transparency to unite the people of Malaysia, and become a country that progressive, prosperous and successful.

  1. #1 by boh-liao on Tuesday, 16 August 2011 - 3:16 pm

    Jais under S’gor, S’gor under PR, hence Jais under PR, quod erat demonstrandum/QED
    Where is UmnoB in d mathematical argument?

  2. #2 by tak tahan on Tuesday, 16 August 2011 - 10:07 pm

    What’s wrong with my comment?Can you be a bit more democracy?Err…

  3. #3 by sheriff singh on Tuesday, 16 August 2011 - 10:14 pm

    Jaistapo?1990; sitarci

  4. #4 by good coolie on Thursday, 18 August 2011 - 10:31 pm

    The constitution forbids the proselytizing of Muslims by Non-Muslims. However the constitution does not forbid Muslims from converting to other religions. The distinction is being deliberately blurred by threatening, bellicose comments from Jais and certain Muslim NGO’s. I firmly believe that Non-Muslims must not carry out preaching of their religions to Muslims, thereby respecting the constitution. However, if a Muslim approaches a Non-Muslim person to know about a Non-Muslim religion, it is right/constitutional for the other person to inform the Muslim about that other religion.

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