Nancy Shukri, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, says, “No action on Ibrahim Ali for Bible-burning threat as his statement was not meant to cause religious disharmony (kekecohan agama) but was only meant to defend the sanctity of Islam.”
Malaysia AGC defends decision not to charge Perkasa chief for Bible-burning threat
KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia’s Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) confirmed today (Oct 27) it has closed its books on Mr Ibrahim Ali’s case, saying it cannot prosecute the Perkasa president for threatening to torch bibles as he was only defending the sanctity of Islam and had not meant to incite anyone to religious frenzy.
In a statement, the AGC also said Mr Ibrahim’s remarks failed to qualify for action under the Sedition Act 1948 as it lacked a “seditious tendency”, the basic criterion needed for prosecution.
“Clearly, Datuk Ibrahim Ali had not intended to incite a religious commotion but only to defend the sanctity of Islam,” the AGC said.
It stressed that Mr Ibrahim’s statement had been made in the context of reports of Malay-language bibles being distributed at a secondary school in Penang.
“When looked at the context in its totality Datuk Ibrahim Ali’s statement was not seditious,” added the statement.
The public prosecutor said it could not press criminal charges against the former federal lawmaker as Mr Ibrahim clearly had no intent to create any religious provocation.
“Elements under Section 504 of the Penal Code cannot be fulfilled because Datuk Ibrahim Ali had no intention to insult or cause provocation, which could disturb the peace.
“There is also no offence under section 298 or 298A of the Penal Code because Datuk Ibrahim Ali was defending the sanctity of Islam,” the statement said. THE MALAY MAIL ONLINE
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No action will be taken on Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali over his threat to burn the Malay-language bible as he was “only defending the sanctity of Islam”, said the government.
“His statement was not meant to cause religious disharmony (kekecohan agama) but was only meant to defend the sanctity of Islam.
“Therefore the case was not prosecuted,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri.
She added that Ibrahim had only addressed the statement to those who had allegedly distributed the Malay-language bibles to students, including Muslim, at a school in Penang.
Nancy said this in a written reply to Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Bagan), who asked why Ibrahim was not charged.
Ibrahim at a press conference in Penang reportedly called on Muslims to “seize” and “burn” the bibles.
“Muslims must unite to protect their religion. They must seize those Bibles, including the Malay editions, which contained the term Allah and other Arabic religious terms, and burn them.
“This is the way to show our anger against disrespect to our sensitivity,” Ibrahim is quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today.
Nancy’s reply comes after the government said that no action will be taken against Federal Territories Umno Youth chief Mohd Razlan Muhammad Rafii for threatening to burn down the DAP headquarters.
Police also said it will not investigate Petaling Jaya Utara Umno deputy division chief Mohamad Azli Mohemed Saad for sedition for suggesting that vernacular schools be closed down.
Having lit fire, Perkasa abandons call to burn bibles
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 ― After triggering the firestorm of protests against its threat to burn copies of the bibles last week, Malay rights group Perkasa today backed down and said it no longer wants to torch the Christian holy books.
“We do not plan any more to burn (bibles),” Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali told The Malaysian Insider today.
“We never planned to organise a (bible-burning) fest,” he added.
Last week, Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali called on Muslims to burn Malay-language bibles that contain the word “Allah” and other religious Arabic script.
The threat had irked non-Muslim leaders, both politicians and local clergymen, who lashed out at the fiery Malay right-wing leader for allegedly stoking religious hatred and driving a deeper wedge between the country’s two most dominant religious communities.
Muslim and Christian leaders here have been at loggerheads over use of the Arabic word “Allah”, with the former claiming that it refers exclusively to the Islamic God.
A church was firebombed after the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled in 2009 that Muslims did not have an exclusive right to the word “Allah”.
When pressed to confirm whether Ibrahim would be called in this week or the next, Penang police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi merely maintained, “It would be very, very soon.”
Seven reports have been lodged against Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali over his controversial call for the Malay and Jawi version of the bible containing the word ‘Allah’ be burned.
Penang police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi confirmed this at a press conference at the Butterworth police station today.
However, the police have yet to take Ibrahim’s statement although Abdul Rahim said the Perkasa chief would be probed under Section 298A of the Penal Code which reads:
“Whoever, with deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of any person, utters any word or makes any sound in the hearing of that person, or makes any gesture in the sight of that person, or places any object in the sight of that person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.”
LIE OF THE DAY
“Perkasa is always working on building up the muhibah (goodwill) spirit between races and religions in this country. Perkasa only strongly opposes anyone who tries to challenge the sanctity of Islam and the faith of its followers,” said Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali.
Perkasa ready to meet churches over bible-burning threat
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 — Malay rights group Perkasa has suggested a roundtable discussion with local church leaders to explain its president’s recent threat to torch Malay-language Bibles.
The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) had called the threat “vile”, stressing that all religious scriptures are sacred books.
“Perkasa is willing to accept any church’s invitation to get an explanation,” Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali was quoted as saying today by Mingguan Malaysia, the weekend edition of Malay-language daily Utusan Malaysia.
|10:47AM Jan 27, 2013|
The controversial Bible-burning fest that is supposedly to take place in Butterworth, Penang at 10am today turned out to be a non-event.
When journalists arrived at the Dewan Dato’ Ahmad Badawi – the venue of the Bible-burning festival – at 9.30am, several police officers were seen patrolling the area.
Half an hour later, a police officer told the journalists at the hall that Penang police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi would be holding a press conference.
“Confirm. ‘Tak jadi’ (It’s not happening),” he said, smiling, and prodding reporters to go to the Butterworth police station for the press conference.
Seberang Perai Municipal councillor Francis Ong, who was present at the venue, said 30 enforcement officers from the council were on duty today.
“They are surveying several points where the group – if any – might gather before coming to the field (outside the hall),” he said.
JASMINE C., MEDIAPERAK, WRITES
I am really not surprised or taken aback by such issues that are being played by some dirty and cheap political politicians. Me being a Christian am really not offended at all by such issues. The reason is because being a Christian we know that we will undergo such persecution. It is nothing new anyway. It is already expected that such things will happen. The burning of the bibles had already happened in the early era of Christianity where Christians were persecuted in many ways and their Bibles taken away from them and was burnt. This calls for perseverance of Faith.
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MCA denounces Bible burning but sucks up to Perkasa to please its backer, UMNO. Instead, it lays the blame on PAS and DAP.
In doing so, MCA acts like the lap dog of UMNO.
Thursday, 24 January 2013 20:52
Bible burning: It’s not Ibrahim Ali’s fault, PAS & DAP pushed him to it – MCA
Written by Loh Seng Kok
MCA denounces in the harshest terms whoever is responsible for sending out flyers on a purported Malay language Bible burning fest which is scheduled for 27 January 2013 at the front of Dewan Ahmad Badawi in Butterworth.
Such an abhorrent and irresponsible misdeed has no room in peace loving Malaysia. Surely Malaysians irrespective of faith are imbued with a conscience and will keep above blindly heeding such a callous notice which reeks of so much religious prejudice.
It was PAS abetted by DAP which gave Perkasa’s Ibrahim Ali the platform to spread hate
Considering that the call to burn the Malay-language Bibles was mooted by the Perkasa chairman who was elected as the Member of Parliament for Pasir Mas Dato’ Ibrahim Ali under the PAS banner, PAS is now answerable to multiracial Malaysians for the unsettling situations that have unfurled.
We should also remember that it was DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng, who irresponsibly reignited the “Allah” controversy just to fish votes from a particular community.
Will anything happen to Dr Mahathir’s favourite ‘son’?
Ibrahim Ali called up by cops
PENANG police have called up Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali over his Bible-burning remark and will call him again to record a statement in two days time.
Ibrahim confirmed in a short text message to The Malay Mail that the police were following up on a police report lodged against him.
Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hasan Syed Ali also said DAP can “go ahead” to obtain a court order to compel the attorney-general to act against Ibrahim over his statement calling for Muslims to “seize and burn copies of the Bible which contained the word “Allah” or other Arabic words.
However, Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail had said police must investigate actual incidences of Bibleburning in order for any action to be taken.
Ibrahim Ali, Perkasa Chief, to Muslims:
Burn ‘Allah’ Bibles
“Muslims must unite to protect their religion. They must seize those Bibles, including the Malay editions, which contain the term Allah and other Arabic religious words, and burn them,” said Pasir MAS MP Ibrahim.
When he called for the burning of Bibles, what manner of demonic forces did he unleash?
They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind!
Charles Santiago, DAP MP, KLANG
But what is even more shocking is the statement by attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail (left), who has said he cannot act on Ibrahim’s seditious remarks unless a copy of the Bible is burnt or a police report is made against the head of Perkasa.
NO, IBRAHIM ALI, the bibles are all written in the English language and do not contain the word ‘Allah’…
The alleged distribution of bibles to Muslim students hit media headlines last week when several residents in Jelutong went public with claims that a group has been handing out the holy books in a school.
The case was opened under Section 298A of the Penal Code for attempts to destroy harmony and unity, and causing dissatisfaction and prejudice.
The matter had prompted Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali to urge all Muslims to burn any copies of the Malay language bibles that they manage to lay their hands upon.
Bibles in Jelutong case don’t contain ‘Allah’, Penang cops say
Penang police on alert for bible-burning ‘fest’
GEORGE TOWN, Jan 24 ― Heavy police surveillance will be placed on a field in front of Dewan Ahmad Badawi in Bagan Luar, Butterworth on Saturday, ahead of a purported “festival” to torch copies of Malay-language bibles there.
Penang police chief DCP Datuk Abd Rahim Hanafi said the police will not hesitate to take stern action against any groups or individuals who turn up at the site to take part in the event.
Abd Rahim warned the public not to take part in the event.
“I urge the public not to be influenced but the ‘rumours’ in this pamphlet which was obviously created by irresponsible individuals to threaten the safety and harmony of the public,” he said.
He also warned the public not to spread further rumours on this matter and that those found to spread such rumours will be arrested and charged under Sections 298 and 507 of the Penal Code, for uttering words with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any religious groups and criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication respectively.
Free Malaysia Today
Penang goes all out to stop ‘fiery’ festival
The chief minister has asked the state police chief and the Seberang Perai Municipal Council to take action to stop the Bible-burning event.
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today gave an assurance that his administration will explore all ways and means to stop the Bible-burning festival from taking place in Butterworth on Jan 27.
He said that such a shameful act, if allowed to take place, would not only disgrace Penang but also the country.
“The state government will do all it can to ensure this vile and abhorrent act will not take place,” Lim, who is also the Bagan MP, said in his blog posting.
He also urged all peace loving Malaysians, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, to pray together for peace, harmony, religious respect and goodwill to prevail this Sunday.
“Churches are united and we strongly feel it is a political move rather than a social threat,” he said.
Free Malaysia Today
Burn the Bible, and you burn the church
Pentecostal Churches of Malaysia representative Bishop Robert Judah Paul also expresses resentment against Perkasa chief’s Bible burning plan.
KUALA LUMPUR: Perkasa’s plan to burn the Malay edition of the Bible, which carries the word “Allah” to refer to God, is equivalent to burning churches, the Pentecostal Churches of Malaysia representative Robert Judah Paul said today.
“Burning the Bible is equivalent to burning churches and the churches have every right to bring it to their highest authority. Churches which are linked to international non-governmental organisations will seek the international voices to air their grievances… and this would reflect badly on the country,” he told FMT in an interview.
He said Pentecostal Christians will stand by the Catholics in protecting their religious rights if it comes to that.
“Now the snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made.” (Genesis 1.1b)
EVEN BEFORE THE YEAR OF THE SNAKE HAS ARRIVED, PERKASA SPEAKS WITH FORKED TONGUE!
HAVING AGITATED OTHERS TO BURN BIBLES, PERKASA DENIES HAVING ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE BIBLE BURNING BASH ON SUNDAY.
HAVING ADVOCATED VIOLENCE AGAINST BIBLES (AND BY EXTENSION, THOSE WHO POSSESSED THEM) PERKASA NOW CLAIMS THAT ITS CALL WAS TO PREVENT VIOLENCE!
Under fire, Perkasa says bible-burning threat meant to prevent violence
Assistant News Editor
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 ― Despite facing heat for Datuk Ibrahim Ali’s bible-burning remark, Malay rights group Perkasa have insisted their president’s words were actually a “wake-up call” to prevent possible violence against distributors of bibles containing the word “Allah” and other Arabic scripts.
The group’s secretary-general, Syed Hassan Syed Ali, said Ibrahim has no problem facing the consequences of his remarks, including being questioned by the police due to the reports lodged against him.
“To the Perkasa president, he is sure not worried about these reports… because the investigation will surely be based on truth and justice,” he said in a statement sent to The Malaysian Insider.
But Syed Hassan maintained that Ibrahim’s statement was more to prevent possible physical violence and other untoward incidents, should these Malay-language bibles get into the hands of Muslim students.
If this is seen by Muslims who view this as an attempt at apostasy, the Perkasa leader said violence could be used against the book’s distributor.
“I very much understand my president’s statement because it is as a ‘wake-up call’ to all parties to prevent these untoward incidents.
“This is what the president fears because then there would be a physical attack between those of different faiths… this is not good for the nation,” he said.
The Bar Council said that Pasir Mas parliamentarian Ibrahim Ali should be prosecuted on grounds he urged the mass burning of Bibles as religious tensions flare ahead of a tight election which must be held within months.
Ibrahim (left), the head of Perkasa, a right-wing group which has close links to the ruling coalition, was reported in media as advocating Muslims should seize and burn copies of Bibles which use the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God.
That statement should result in charges under various laws, including those governing sedition, Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee said in an e-mailed statement.
“This incident together with the contemptuous statement by another Perkasa leader against a judge and the judiciary suggest that Perkasa is allowed to behave with impunity,” he said.
|Harakahdaily,||23 January 2013|
Following the call to burn copies of Malay-language Bible by BN’s right-wing ally Perkasa, PAS has called on the Home ministry to immediately step in to prevent irresponsible parties from exploiting the ‘Allah’ controversy to create communal unrest in the country.
“The Home ministry must take stern action against any parties trying to make provocations leading to racial tension and riot,” said party information chief Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
Tuan Ibrahim reminded the ministry of its wide powers.
“The power to make decisions is in their hands,” he said, while urging ‘polemics’ on the Allah controversy to be halted once and for all.
“As a responsible government, the Federal government is urged not to allow the issue to be prolonged,” he stressed.
As always, Perkasa’s credibility is an issue!
Having called for Bible burning, Perkasa now denies that it has anything to do with the planned Sunday’s Bible burning ‘festival’.
Free Malaysia Today
Perkasa says it has no role in Sunday’s Bible burning
It denies knowledge of Pasukan Bertindak Anti Bible Bahasa Melayu.
“Perkasa knows nothing of the group that intends to burn Bibles this Jan 27. That is not Perkasa’s programme,” Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hasan Syed Ali told FMT.
The programme, planned by a group calling itself Pasukan Bertindak Anti Bible Bahasa Melayu, comes hot on the heels of Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali’s controversial call for Jawi-scripted Malay Bibles with the word “Allah” to be burned.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 12:40
Anwar slams Perkasa’s Bible-burning call: Another BN conspiracy against Guan Eng exposed?
Written by Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle
UPDATED Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim condemned the Najib administration for staying silent on the call by extremist group Perkasa to “seize and burn” Malay-language Bibles, describing the inaction as an “abdication of responsibility and governance”.
“We are not afraid to be called pro-Christian because it is not our role to denigrate any religion. To burn the Bible is something that should be condemned by all Malaysians including the Muslims,” Anwar told a press conference on Wednesday.
“We can condemn and disagree all we want, but if there is proof of any Christian trying to proselytise to a Muslim, then we bring this to court. But to burn or threaten to burn that which those of another faith consider it to be their holy book, this is an extreme act that should be rejected by all Malaysians, including Muslims,” said Anwar.
Meanwhile, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng whom the BN-controlled media has repeatedly accused of stirring up the Allah issue during an event on Christmas day last year, has urged the police to take swift action against any group wishful of burning the Bible.
Guan Eng’s statement comes as Pakatan Rakyat watchers warn of a possible conspiracy to further blow up the issue and make the DAP leader and his party the scapegoats.
They point to an anonymous pamphlet notifying that there would be a “festival” to burn the Malay Bible this Sunday at 10am in front of the Dewan Ahmad Badawi at the Bagan Luar municipality field in Butterworth and questioned what if a provocateur was used to burn the Quran.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 08:50
Bishop Murphy Pakiam, where are you? What have you to say to Christians & Najib now!
Written by Francis Y Manickam
‘m incensed when I read Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali urging Muslims in this country to seize and burn Malay Bibles. So where are they going to seize those bibles from? From our houses? Or from our churches? Or do you expect us to surrender the Bibles to them when they come knocking on our doors?
Where are you now, Bishop? You accompanied the Prime Minister and his wife to the Vatican to visit Pope Benedict XVI on July 18 2011 supposedly to foster cordial ties with the Christian community here.
” read here MNI 18/7/11 …The Malaysian Insider understands the Prime Minister’s personal visit is to help repair frayed ties arising from the Catholic Church’s legal suit to use ‘Allah’ to refer to the Christian God in its Bahasa Malaysia Publication. The case is pending in court of Appeals after the church won the right in the High Court on Dec 31 2009. Today Najib formalized ties between” Malaysia and the Vatican “
Answer to your flock
What sincere ties have been formulated for the Christians in Malaysia? Since you arranged the visit, you should know how sincere was Najib to the Christians and answer them. The fact is, it has been 18 months since you visited the Pope with Najib, and till today you have not disclosed how much ground we have achieved. We are back to ground zero from the fateful day when Churches were torched and vandalized all for the sake of’ Allah’ in the Bible.
Free Malaysia Today
Burn al-Kitab Day on Jan 27?
A flyer from a previously unknown group urges Muslims to torch Malay language Bibles this Sunday.
PETALING JAYA: A Christian movement has come across a flyer in Penang calling on Muslims to burn Malay language Bibles at a gathering at the Bagan Luar Municipality field in Butterworth this Sunday.
Bishop Ng Moon Hing, executive secretary of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM), said a copy of the flyer was found in the mailbox of a Christian priest residing in Butterworth.
The flyer, printed by a group called Pasukan Bertindak Anti Bible Bahasa Melayu (Anti-Malay-Bible Action Force), urges Muslims to join in the “Malay Bible burning festivities” scheduled at 10am.
|2:30PM Jan 23, 2013|
A national body representing the evangelical Christian community has urged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to practise what he has preached on moderation, following a threat to burn the Malay-language Bible.
National Evangelical Christian Fellowship chairperson Reverend Eu Hong Seng pointed out that Najib had recently initiated the global movement of the moderates.
Prosecute Ibrahim Ali over bible-burning call, Bar Council urges
January 23, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 ― Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali should be charged under the Sedition Act for his remarks advocating the burning of bibles, Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee said today, backing an similar call by an opposition lawmaker.
Lim said that although the Bar maintains the law deemed a political weapon to silence dissent, should be repealed, it must be impartially applied against Ibrahim given that authorities have charged opposition leaders under the same Act.
“If sedition charges were brought against Karpal Singh, equally charges should also be brought against Ibrahim Ali … Whilst the Bar calls for the repeal of the Sedition Act, if it were to be applied, it must be applied fairly and without discrimination.
“This incident together with the contemptuous statement by another Perkasa leader against a judge and the judiciary suggest that Perkasa is allowed to behave with impunity,” Lim said in a statement.
Lim added that if the authorities do not wish to charge Ibrahim under the Sedition Act, the Penal Code may also be applied on the Perkasa chief.
“This statement by Ibrahim is an incitement or abetment to commit criminal offence under Section 107 of the Penal Code, whilst the seizure and burning of bibles is an offence under Section 441 of the Penal Code,” he said.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has asked police to step up security after being alerted to a purported ‘Bible-burning festival’ planned for Sunday in Butterworth.
“We view this matter very seriously. We discussed it at the state executive council meeting today,” he told Malaysiakini when contacted late yesterday.
“I have informed Penang police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi (right) about the matter and have requested that the police step up security measures in case anything happens.”
The chief minister said the Seberang Perai Municipal Council has also been asked to prevent any such event from taking place at the Bagan Luar Municipal field in Butterworth.
Bible Burning Pesta Notice
The notice, written in Bahasa Malaysia, invites all Muslims to join the ‘Anti-Bahasa Melayu Bible Action Group’ in a ‘pesta’ to burn the Malay version of the Bible ‘for the sake of the future generations’.
It further proclaimed that the group already has in its hands several Malay versions of the Bible and it urged all Muslims to join in the ‘pesta’ to burn the Bibles at a field in front of the Ahmad Badawi Hall in Bagan Luar here this Sunday morning.
It also stated that the reason they had chosen Sunday was because it is the day that Christians are in churches praying and it ended with a sentence proclaiming ‘Let’s Teach ‘Em A Lesson’.
Penang police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi has warned that stern action will be taken against those who either spread rumours or are involved in the alleged Bible-burning ‘festival’ purportedly planned for this Sunday in Butterworth.
“Regarding speculation and rumours circulating about the alleged Bible-burning festival, we will take stern action on those involved,” Abdul Rahim told Malaysiakini when contacted.
“We will ensure tight security so that the incident will not take place,” he added.
“We advise the public not to attend or participate in such events or spread such speculation or rumours that can undermine the state’s peace and security,” he stressed.
Priest lodges police report over ‘Bible burning pesta’ notice
BUTTERWORTH, Jan 22 – A Christian priest has lodged a police report after he found a notice purportedly by an Anti-Bahasa Melayu Bible Action Group calling all Muslims to join in a ‘Bahasa Melayu Bible burning pesta’.
Reverend John Kennady, from St Mark’s Church, was shocked to find the notice typed on a plain piece of paper with the title ‘Jom Bakaq! Pesta Bakaq Bible Bahasa Melayu’ (Let’s burn! Bahasa Melayu Bible burning fest) in his post box this morning.
He had immediately informed the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) before he lodged a report at the Butterworth police station at about 3pm today.
A Christian church in Butterworth lodged a police report today after it received an anonymous notice stating that there would be a “festival” to burn Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bible this Sunday at 10am.
The notice invited the public to attend the event in front of Dewan Ahmad Badawi at the Bagan Luar municipality field in Butterworth.
Rev John Kennady of the St Marks Anglican Church, Butterworth, who lodged the report at the Butterworth station at 3pm, said he did it to alert the police.
It is not certain if the notice is a hoax as it was not signed and did not state who the organisers of the alleged event were.
“I saw the notice this morning and informed Bishop Ng Moon Hing. Then I lodged the police report,” Kennady told Malaysiakini, when contacted.
“The police were very cooperative. They took the document, said they would investigate, and also check for fingerprints.
“They also said they would step up security around the church. The police take the matter seriously as it is a sensitive issue,” he stressed.
Free Malaysia Today
Karpal: Charge Ibrahim Ali
DAP national chairman lodges a police report against Ibrahim Ali over his remarks that Bibles which contained the term “Allah” should be seized and burnt.
KUALA LUMPUR: Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali’s call to burn Malay Bibles which use “Allah” is seditious and can incite religious discord.
This was the stance of Bukit Gelugor MP and DAP chairman Karpal Singh, who lodged a police report against Ibrahim Ali for asking Muslims to “seize and burn” Bibles which used the “Allah” term.
This is not the first time that the ultra-Malay leader has indulged in insensitive verbal diarrhoea. He has, one too many times, referred to Chinese and Indian Malaysians as pendatang (immigrants).
On various occasions, he has also told the Chinese and Indians to go back to their country of origin if they raise issues relating to equal rights as citizens of this country.
MP SPEAKS He has done it again. But this time around Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali has pushed it too far by urging Malays to torch all Malay language Bibles that use the word ‘Allah’ and other Arabic words involving religion.
Ibrahim has actually incited the Malays to commit a crime. His senseless incitement is highly seditious and equally inflammatory, in multi-religious, multi-racial Malaysia.
It’s unforgiveable that Ibrahim, who is well aware of the possible explosive consequences of his remarks, carries on without giving two hoots about what he has done.
He is clearly trying to cause a further split in an already divided nation. And it is appalling to note that members of the BN, and leaders close to it, always resort to using the race card as a way of magnifying the culture of fear, in order to hold on to power.
So what I am saying is that Ibrahim is trying to, once again, pit Malays against non-Malays, not realising that by doing so he is insulting those Malays who see through his shadow puppetry.
CHARLES SANTIAGO is the DAP’s member of parliament for Klang.
|7:56AM Jan 22, 2013|
The call by Malay rights group Perkasa for Muslims to burn the Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bible has stoked the ire of various quarters who question Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s inaction on the matter.
Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo said Najib could no longer remain silent on Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali’s call, which the DAP leader deems “criminal in nature”.
He went on to call on Najib to prove his sincerity in telling Christian Malaysians last month that the government has “not forgotten” them.
“I call upon Najib to use all the might at his command as prime minister of Malaysia, as prime minister for all Malaysians, to speak up and correct this most gravest of wrongs perpetuated against Christians and all Malaysians.
“Silence on part of the prime minister in these circumstances will smash into bits the concept of 1Malaysia advanced by none other than he himself, and prove his critics correct in saying that such (a concept) was merely a hollow sham that was purely politically-motivated,” Gobind said in a statement yesterday.
Catholic Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing is appalled by Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali’s statement urging Muslims to burn Bibles that use the term ‘Allah’ for God, describing it as “an incendiary statement that far exceeds the bounds of civil discourse in Malaysia”.
The head of the Catholic Church in the Malacca-Johor diocese, Bishop Paul Tan, said that now that Ibrahim’s “incendiary remarks are in the public domain, let’s wait and see what the authorities will do about it”.
“If there is going to be any point to that slogan ‘1Malaysia’ then this is the time when we can see for ourselves if the concept is mere sloganeering to win votes or an earnest of the government’s desire to unite the people in all their diversity,” argued the prelate.
|12:36PM Jan 22, 2013|
Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali says his call to Muslims to burn the Malay-language Bible written in Jawi and using the word ‘Allah’ was not intended to hurt the feelings of Christians but that it was a reaction to those trying to violate the federal constitution.
The Independent MP for Pasir Mas explained to Utusan Malaysia that his call was to wake up those who tried to proselytise Muslims.
“We respect Christians and it was not my intention to offend or hurt the feelings of others. We have tolerated a lot.
“But when we voiced out our reaction to the action of a certain party that distributed Malay-language Bibles to students of a secondary school in Penang, many were angered,” the Umno-owned daily quoted Ibrahim as saying.
Free Malaysia Today
Burn ‘Allah’ Bibles, Perkasa chief to Muslims
Proclaiming he is not instigating communal tensions, Ibrahim Ali says it’s the only way to stop non-Muslims from stirring sensitivities
PERMATANG PAUH: Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali has called on Muslims to seize and burn copies of Bibles which contain the term “Allah” or other Arabic religious words.
Stressing that he was not instigating communal tension, the Pasir Mas MP insisted that it was the only way to stop non-Muslims from stirring the sensitivities and sentiments of the majority of population in the country.