Jakim used to create false fear over non-Muslim threat, says Mat Zain

By Clara Chooi
The Malaysian Insider
Dec 15, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 — Former senior police officer Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim today berated Datuk Seri Najib Razak for allegedly “misusing” the country’s religious authorities to create false fear over threats by non-Muslims against Islam and the Malay rulers.

He told the prime minister in an email released to the media that such threats only come from the Malays and Muslims themselves, adding that he has “never experienced or known of” situations where the non-Malays came together to conspire against anyone.

“The ones who dare to be rude and rebel in such a manner against him (Ruler) come from among the Malays themselves,” he wrote.

The outspoken ex-KL CID chief even singled out Umno politicians as those who often squabble among themselves “not due to differences in opinion or to protect the fates and futures of the Malays or uphold Islamic teachings but to fight over millions and billions of the people’s money”.

“Do not, YAB Datuk Seri (Najib) create issues that could create havoc among us as Malays, just to divert attention away from your personal problems and those who surround you.

“The people know that YAB (Najib) is currently going through a period of instability and uncertainty, confusion and worry. But this does not mean YAB and your personal advisers are fit to misuse a certain government institution to present a Friday sermon like the one recited last week,” he said.

The sermon, delivered at all mosques last Friday and prepared by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim), suggested that the position of Islam and the royal institution was being questioned because Muslims were selling out the religion to “certain quarters” which it did not name.

It appeared to note that Muslims who associate with non-Muslims or stand up for non-Muslim causes were betraying their faith, and echoed some of the racially divisive views espoused at the recent Umno general assembly.

A copy of the sermon — sighted by The Malaysian Insider — also seemed to hit out at Muslims who “conspire with certain groups in questioning Islam as the official religion in this country on the excuse of defending the fundamental rights of others” for personal gain.

It described those Muslims as “deviating from the teachings” of Prophet Muhammad, as well as “committing a big sin, oppressing Muslims and threatening national harmony” in the sermon that was to mark the end of Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin’s five year reign as Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.

“Remember, if Muslims lose their integrity, their pride and are manipulated by others, in the end, Islam in this country will suffer the same fate that has befallen other nations where their people were insulted and driven from the country of their birth,” it said.

The sermon did not directly refer to any one person in particular but appeared to echo the political rhetoric heard at the Umno general assembly last week.

Slamming the sermon, Mat Zain told Najib that its words could cause chaos among the country’s religious communities and among the Muslims.

“We are not worried about fights between the Malays and non-Malays or between Muslims and Christians or those of other fates. This is unlikely to happen in this country is the Muslims do not start it.

“What we should fear is a clash between the Malays and the Muslims… the Felda Lubuk Merbau and Memali incidents (in 1985), if they are repeated, would injure the Malays and Muslims multiple times more,” he said.

  1. #1 by casperclc on Thursday, 15 December 2011 - 7:41 pm

    “Masih ada esok bagimu” – well done and hats off ex-KL CID Mat Zain Ibrahim. Do note the “ex” in this instance.

    Was the officer dismiss or pressured to resign, upon revelation of his insider knowledge, or just because he is outspoken and chose to not play possum ? Rare indeed, such an officer from amongst the ranks AND still no response from relevant authorities tasked with their statutory duty to investigate.

  2. #2 by Jong on Thursday, 15 December 2011 - 11:21 pm

    Evil Umno – the Nons know too well, knew it all along!
    It’s only Malays the likes of Hasan Ali think highly of Umno. That idiot thinks he is ‘god-sent’, yeah Umno clapped him on, to save and protect the Malays/Muslims and from evil, and evil who, if not Umno?!!

    If he thinks so highly of Umno, what is he doing in PAS then?

  3. #3 by monsterball on Friday, 16 December 2011 - 4:34 am

    Timely speech by Mat Zain.
    Policemen should take note.
    Yes a clash between Malays against Malays will be the outcome…if Najib wants to keep on playing with fire and fan hatreds.
    Two years ago…Muslim leaders have predicted it…and asked other races to step aside.
    If Najib want to see blood flow in the streets…it will be Muslims blood.
    It does not mean all Najib’s sins are forgiven.
    It will show ball and his judgement day will come on day.

  4. #4 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Friday, 16 December 2011 - 4:50 am

    Aan Greenspan: “….irrational exuberance…..”

    Najib Tun Razak: “…irrational racism….”

    Tun Mahathir : “……irrational cronyism…….”

    Muhyidin: “…..irrational education…….”

    Shahrizat: “……..irrational cows and condos….”

    UMNO: “….irrational party of…..(too ashamed to use the word!)

  5. #5 by undertaker888 on Friday, 16 December 2011 - 7:50 am

    If jakun jakim can preach this stupidity, why don’t they shout at umno et bn for economic trading with USA, Europe, China and Japan. Aren’t they not non Muslim countries?

    Why jakim allow Muslims to be used as cheap labour to make products to be sold to non Muslim countries by non Muslim conglomerate and enriching the non Muslims? Go and preach this. Dare not?

    Aiya. Jakim, you memang hipokrit, kolot Dan penuh dengan Rasuah. Umno punya anjing la. Apa lagi.

  6. #6 by yhsiew on Friday, 16 December 2011 - 7:58 am

    Umno should stop playing the religion card to divide the country and create hatred between the Malays and non-Malays.

  7. #7 by dagen on Friday, 16 December 2011 - 9:47 am

    Melayu bodoh? Tak. Melayu tak bodoh. Buka mata umno. Tengok betul betul. Dont “pray pray”.

  8. #8 by loveandgratitude on Friday, 16 December 2011 - 10:29 am

    It takes a COURAGEOUS Towering Malay to SPEAK OUT without Fear of repercussion to himself.

    Syabas Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim!

    We need more Malays like himself to Speak Out Openly to pre-empt any untowards incident from happening when BN lose GE13.

  9. #9 by monsterball on Friday, 16 December 2011 - 11:53 am

    Since Najib took over…no end to nonsensical dirty politics.
    We must end the “N” in RAHMAN…and Najib is the word for the “N”

  10. #10 by sotong on Friday, 16 December 2011 - 1:49 pm

    Ordinary people must be allowed to teach and practise true Islam/other religions to create harmony in a multi religious country.

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