Public flogging replaces ‘Malaysia Truly Asia’ slogan - By Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN Royal Malaysian Navy
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Malaysiakini: “There must have been a moment, at the beginning, were we could have said - no. But somehow we missed it.” - Tom Stoppard, ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’
COMMENT | When Deputy Prime
Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says that the amended enactment allowing for
(amongst other things) public whipping in Kelantan only affects
Muslims, it is yet again another falsehood told by the state to
non-Muslims in this country.
There is empirical evidence - something I know that some Muslims
frown upon - which collaborates the fact that anything concerning Islam
in this country affects every single citizen in this country.
Furthermore, there is ample evidence that the minions of Umno are exempt
from the harsh glare of Islamic laws which is not the reality for every
other Muslim in this country.
While corruption scandals will never be investigated and wrongdoers
subjected to public canings, there will be hundreds of Muslims who will
be subjected to such public humiliations for “crimes” that ultimately do
not affect the country as the crimes committed by the political elites
and rich Muslim cabals.
When it comes to justice and fairness, remember what PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said about the prime minister despite the mountain of evidence of moral and criminal wrongdoing surrounding the 1MDB fiasco - “As reported in the press, Hadi has no problem saying that Najib is
only human and not a saint, and humans make mistakes, but the act of
attacking and bombarding the prime minister with unfounded allegations
is uncalled for.”
“In other words, Hadi condemns the so-called ‘unfounded allegations’
and dismisses the alleged corruption scandals against the current Umno
prime minister as the regular failings of human being. Is this what his
syariah system would look like?”
So, when the Kelantan state government warns non-Muslim political parties not to meddle
in the affairs of Islam, I say to the Kelantan state government - when
Islam does not intrude into the lives of non-Muslims is the day I, as a
non-Muslim, will stop commenting on Islam in this country. Do I need to
remind anyone that the rhetoric coming out of many Islamists in this
country that our rights as non-Muslims should be curtailed?
I think I will. Remember when Minister in the Prime Minister's
Department Jamil Khir Baharom wanted Umno to crack down on religious
pluralism because “there were numerous organised efforts being carried
out to challenge the freedom allowed in Islam”?