1 May 2019
The association of army officer veterans has hit out at Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainal Abidin for claiming that the government has failed to look after Muslim interests.
Patriot president Mohamed Arshad Raji today said Asri lacked credibility to speak for the people.
“Asri lost credibility for not speaking up strongly enough against (former prime minister) Najib Abdul Razak and top officials of the previous administration when mega-scandals had disgraced our nation.
“He has little credibility to now speak on the concerns of the people,” said Arshad in a statement.
Arshad also said Putrajaya’s efforts to bailout Felda and Tabung Haji would benefit Malay Muslims.
He added that even BN-era “crony projects” were allowed to continue after renegotiations.
“If these actions of the government are not considered kind towards the people, particularly the Muslims, then what are?”
He said attempts to create unease among Malaysians with lies must be stopped.
“The reality on the ground is that Asri and his cohorts are prejudiced, sow hatred and spin lies to create uneasiness and distrust and should be stopped.
“For the future of our country to be prosperous, peaceful, and to safeguard our future generations, they must start thinking as Malaysians,” said Arshad.
30 April 2019
Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin remained steadfast in his assertion that Muslims are being bullied under the new government, telling Dr Mahathir Mohamad to listen to the “reality” on the ground.
“There has been a lot of news this morning about Mahathir’s statement ‘Perlis mufti deaf’ in relation to my criticism that the voices defending Islam are being heard less by the leaders of today’s government. Muslims do not feel safe.”
“Anyone who can listen to the concerns of the people, that is the reality being voiced by all levels of Muslim society in the country. I am unsure who is the deaf one,” Asri stated, in response to criticism by the prime minister.
In a Facebook posting today, the mufti went on to suggest that perhaps the premier was merely “hurt” (terguris) by Asri’s criticism as the two had a good relationship.
The mufti referenced an inscription purportedly written by the premier to him in a copy of Mahathir’s memoir “A Doctor in the House”, a picture of which was also attached to the post on social media.
In the inscription, signed to Asri, were penned the words: “The doctor (Asri) is truly brave in your efforts to correct the religious teachings which confuse and divide the Malay Muslims in Malaysia.
“[…] Do not set aside the truth for fear. A struggle free from challenges and opposition is not a true struggle.”
In response, Asri today stated that he would hold to that philosophy, even if it meant going against a Mahathir-led leadership.
29 April 2019
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has hit back at Perlis Mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin’s remarks that the “voices” of those defending Islam in the present administration could hardly be heard.
“Because he is deaf,” said Mahathir when asked to comment on Asri’s statement.
“If he could hear, we do many things for Muslims and Islam but he does not hear it,” he said on the sidelines of the 20th AAMO Triennial Gala Dinner and Awards at a hotel here tonight.
PETALING JAYA: The mufti of Perlis today took potshots at the Pakatan Harapan administration following the arrest of a close associate over allegedly derogatory remarks on Hinduism.
“I don’t blame the police, but this is happening due to a political reality that allows Muslims to be bullied,” said Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, in remarks defending Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu, who was arrested early yesterday in Arau, Perlis, over remarks allegedly insulting Hinduism.
But Asri said Zamri was someone who worked to strengthen religious harmony by organising visits to non-Muslim places of worship.
Zamri, who heads Muslim propagation organisation One Centre Malaysia, is being investigated under Section 298A of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act over a lecture at a mosque in Kelantan last year.
Asri said Zamri was only sharing his personal experience of becoming a Muslim to a Muslim audience.
“Were his facts false? Was he insulting or merely sharing his own story? What about the speeches of politicians of other faiths which always spark friction with Muslims,” Asri asked.
Asri said current “political realities” allowed Muslims to be bullied, adding that authorities had not acted against government leaders who made statements offensive to Muslims.
“Many statements insulting Muslims were made by individuals who are part of the current government, creating racial tension, but they were only called to give a statement,” said Asri.