Instead of mobilising world moderate opinion against Islamic State (IS) terrorism through GMM, the Najib government has failed to stand up against ISIS-minded official preachers like the “kafir harbi” statement by the Pahang mufti

Yesterday, eight people were injured after a hand grenade was tossed into the porch of a nightspot at the IOI Boulevard in Puchong.

Later, a Facebook page linked to the Islamic State (IS) reportedly claimed responsibility, but the owner of the pub disputed this IS claim.

In the early hours of this morning, 8,300 kilometres away in Istanbul, three suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves up in Europe’s third-busiest international airport, killing 36 people and wounding close to 150 in what Turkey’s prime minister said appeared to have been an attack by Islamic State militants.

The attack bore similarities to a suicide bombing by Islamic State militants at Brussels airport in March which killed 16 people. A coordinated attack also targeted a rush-hour metro train, killing a further 16 people in the Belgian capital.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the attack should serve as a turning point in the global fight against militant groups.

He said: “The attack, which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, shows that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values.

“The bombs that exploded in Istanbul today could have gone off at any airport in any city around the world.”

Malaysians cannot agree more with Erdogan’s condemnation of the violence and terrorism at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, especially with the increasing foreboding that Malaysia may not be spared from the horrific and senseless acts of terror perpetrated by Islamic State (IS) terrorists, using the name of Islam but actually committing a gross blasphemy of Islam.

This is a real anomaly.

Whether the Islamic State was responsible or not for the hand-grenade incident in Puchong early yesterday, why has Malaysia got caught in the coils of global terrorism of IS?

What is even more serious, instead of mobilising world moderate opinion against Islamic State (IS) terrorism through the Prime Minister’s own brainchild, the Global Movemene of Moderates (GMM0, the Najib government has failed to stand up against ISIS-minded official preachers like the “kafir harbi” statement by the Pahang mufti.

In various international fora, including his speeches at the UN General Assembly, Najib had made the stirring call on “moderates of all countries, of all religions to take back the centre, to reclaim the agenda for peace and pragmatism, and to marginalize and reject extremism in all its forms because the real divide is not between East and West or between developed and developing worlds or between Muslims, Christians and Jews. It is between moderates and extremists of all religions”.

What is the use of Najib preaching in international forums on the three main ingredients of wasatiyyah – justice, balance and excellence – when every day, there are ample examples in Malaysia of the contemptuous disregard or violation of these values?

In this connection, I call on the Prime Minister to give serious consideration to the to views of Catholic Bishop Emeritus Paul Tan Chee Ing who described Pahang mufti Abdul Rahman Osman’s designation of those who opposed Islam as kafir harbi as an “ominous development which, if not swiftly repudiated, constitutes a threat to national security”.

Paul Tan said: “I know of no statement in recent years, not even the threat to burn the Bible, that constitutes a clear and present danger to national security as this designation by the Pahang mufti as kafir harbi all those who are opposed to Islam.

“Prior to this, it was thought that only those who fight against Muslims in lands Muslims rule or from territories contiguous with Islamic territories are designated kafir harbi.
“But now with what the Pahang mufti has said, even those who merely oppose the application of hudud for offences against syariah law are lumped with those who wage rebellion or aggression against Muslims.

“This is an expansive interpretation of a bellicose term which serves notice to large sections of non-Muslims and Muslims alike in Malaysia that it is legitimate for defenders of the faith to kill and maim them because they are kafir harbi.”

Bishop Paul said that it is incumbent upon those in authority in Malaysia to denounce this interpretation as a threat to national security because of its potential to foment violence against law-abiding citizens.’

  1. #1 by Justice Ipsofacto on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - 2:27 pm

    Is the pahang mufti behind the puchong IS attack – the one who instigated the attack?

  2. #2 by good coolie on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - 6:48 pm

    The Bishop of Battle is right, as usual.

    The mufti’s folly is the result of syllogisms composed of false premises. The worst premise is that Malaysia is an Islamic country: It Is Not! (Malaysia is a Constitutional Monarchy where the Federal Constitution clearly demarcates the limits of Islamic Law to personal law/family law). Another is that this is NOT the 7th Century A.D: the mufti should be aware that human beings have been on a continuous path of moral progress culminating in such momentous laws as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The mufti’s sanguinary views are anachronistic: he should pay attention to the views of more educated, responsible and moderate Muslims.

    It is possible that the mufti’s view was a scholarly view that involved citing DAP chaps as the type of people that could be hunted down and killed. If so, such opinion should have been kept within closed doors, among scholars of Islam. One recalls Pope Benedict’s innocuous comment on a Byzantine leader’s opinion of Prophet Muhammad. Pope Benedict’s comment was made in a scholarly context, and as such, should have been reported more responsibly by the media.

    The term, Kafir, is equivalent to the term, Pagan (once used by Christians to refer to adherents of pre-Christian nature religions. As technical terms, Kafir and Pagan are neutral. In the past, however, the terms came to be disparaging and pejorative. They have no place, now, to refer to one’s neighbours and friends.

    I am a Malaysian who has no interest, at all, in abandoning the Federal Constitution for Syariah Law. Anyone who calls for my death after classifying me under a proscribed class should understand that they are being seditious, and are liable to be prosecuted under a myriad of laws!

  3. #3 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - 8:12 pm

    Where GOT time la 2 b concerned abt all these matters 1

    Priority is 2 charge Pg’s CM, find him guilty, n lock him up together with AI

    Everything set in motion n falling in2 plan

    Next, a snap GE 2 take back Pg n Selangor – TOTAL victory n extermination of Pakatan

  4. #4 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - 8:17 pm

    Stand-up? These nut jobs are INSPIRED by NAJIB. They know he need their votes, same reason Hadi willing to wag his tail for him, they all know Najib will not do much to them no matter what they say.

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - 8:30 pm

    After LGE, WHO’s next?

  6. #6 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - 8:34 pm

    Finally, action
    Or is it just wayang?

  7. #7 by boh-liao on Thursday, 30 June 2016 - 12:30 am

    Masuk MACC
    Scary ……….. hope NO repeat of history, remember TBH’s tragic outcome

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Thursday, 30 June 2016 - 1:46 am

    Submarine, COMMISSION, no problemo
    1MDB, DONATION, no problemo
    Million n billion involved, No corruption
    Buying a house, problemo
    Jilaka or no

  9. #9 by boh-liao on Thursday, 30 June 2016 - 2:17 am

    One CM nabbed
    Who knows when will d other CM b nabbed too?

  10. #10 by Justice Ipsofacto on Thursday, 30 June 2016 - 8:11 am

    When PAS was under tok guru there exist a real hope of change and of achieving true democracy. With hadi now in PAS I effectively threw away my hope. (But not my vote which I will still give to DAP.)

    Amanah is too new to be of any impact. Keadilan and DAP alone could never unseat umno.

    In short, without change, Malaysia is destined to be a failed state.

    I say this because all the massive financial scandals now threatening to flip our economy belly up do not seem to bother a large section of the voters – the kampong folks.

    Their primary concern is still about the issue of race and religion which umno played up massively and did so very well.

    There exist only one final possibility (I shan’t call it hope) that the scenario could still change. In my view that would happen when the six or seven countries now investigating what is being described as the largest global illegal money laundering activity finally takes legal action against the main actors in the illegal activity.

    I very much wish that could happen sooner and not later.

  11. #11 by undertaker888 on Saturday, 2 July 2016 - 2:10 pm

    If he can label me as kafir harbi without any consequences, well then I am going to label him kafir otak lembu. And I am not going to apologise.

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