21 October 2017
Islamic state – a slip of the tongue?
THE declaration of Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is not shirking its responsibility to make Malaysia an Islamic state has spooked BN component parties, especially MCA.
Asyraf added that the government was providing the financial resources to empower Islam, and that this year alone, RM987 million was provided to the Education Ministry for Islamic education, and RM559 million to the Islamic Development Department (Jakim).
An Islamic state is a type of government primarily based on the application of sharia law for the dispensation of justice and the maintenance of law and order.
Jakim is a department under the PM’s office that employed the infamous Zamihan who was arrested for disparaging the sultan of Johor and Malaysian Chinese.
Asyraf’s statement caught MCA flatfooted. First MCA publicity spokesman Ti Lian Ker blamed Dr Mahathir, who is no longer with the government, then claimed that the Asyraf statement was political posturing to entice the Malay voters, and then threw MCA’s support behind the sultan of Johor.
While MCA and other BN component parties were trying hard to distance themselves from the uproar caused by Asyraf’s statement, the BN leadership chose to remain silent.
Asyraf statement was very clever as he brought BN into the play for an Islamic state. What we already know from press reports is that Umno has given its president Najib Razak the mandate to negotiate a pact with its long-term nemesis, the hardline opposition PAS. According to Umno information chief Annuar Musa, although the ideology and ways of Umno and PAS are different, the parties have the same DNA and goal, which is to champion Islam and the Malays. If they are having the same DNA, it is more than likely Umno will succumb to PAS pressure to turn Malaysia into an Islamic state and introduce hudud laws.
According to a Bloomberg Political July article, the move is simple maths for Najib: More than 60% of Malaysians are Muslim, and 50% are ethnic Malays, many of them in rural areas. He needs their votes for Umno to extend its 60 years in power, and closer ties with PAS may help.
* Dr Johan Arriffin is a member of G25 and a former deputy director of Yayasan Sabah.
* This is the opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insight.
October 14, 2017
BN: We are committed to make Malaysia an Islamic state
KOTA BARU: Development of Islam in the country, which is being strengthened from time to time, is a clear signal that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is not shirking its responsibility to make Malaysia an Islamic state, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.
He said not only the people but also other nations could see the development of Islam in Malaysia over the last 60 years since the country gained independence and that this was possible because of the wisdom of BN, which is led by Umno.
“Efforts by the government to uphold Islam can be seen in the Constitution which has placed Islam as the religion of the federation,” he said when appearing as a panelist on the Kelantan-level ”Bicara Minda dan Sesi Dialog Perjuangan For All” programme here last nighti.
He added that the government was providing the financial resources to empower Islam and that this year alone RM987 million was provided to the education ministry for Islamic education and RM559 million to the Malaysian Islamic development department (Jakim).
Also on the panel, which was moderated by Dahlan Maamor, was Umno information chief Annuar Musa, who is also the Ketereh MP.