The Refusal By The Attorney-General Chambers(AGC) To Prosecute Ibrahim Ali And Zulkifli Noordin Has The Effect Of Allowing Racist And Extremist Ministers Like Abdul Rahman Dahlan To “Come Out From The Closet” And Openly Condone Ibrahim Ali’s Right To Burn The Bible Or Zulkifli’s Anti-Hindu Insults.(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 20.7.2013.

The refusal by the Attorney-General’s Chambers(AGC) to prosecute Perkasa President Ibrahim Ali and UMNO parliamentary candidate for Shah Alam Zulkifli Noordin has the effect of allowing racist and extremist ministers like Abdul Rahman Dahlan to “come out from the closet” and openly condone Ibrahim Ali’s right to burn the Bible or Zulkifli’s anti-Hindu insults. With the UMNO party elections at the end of the year, Malaysians can expect more UMNO leaders like Abdul Rahman to “come out of the closet” to reveal their political orientation as racist and extremists.

DAP supports action taken against the young Alvivi couple but demands similar action against Ibrahim Ali and Zulkifli Noordin. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had said that the police had submitted its probe on Perkasa vice-president Zulkifli Nordin’s alleged insult of Hinduism to the AGC but was ordered by AGC to cease investigation due to lack of evidence. As for Ibrahim Ali’s threat to burn the Bible, the police has yet to receive any word from the AGC.

This is a clear case of double standards by the AGC which has led Malaysians to question why the young “Alvivi” couple can be punished for their Facebook posting but not the BN candidate for Shah Alam Zulkifli Noordin anti-Hindu statements in the You Tube, when both uses the Internet as a medium? Why can action be taken against the “Alvivi” couple within a week after a police report was lodged but yet no action taken against Ibrahim Ali even though there were countless police reports lodged 6 months ago?

There is no doubt that BN practices selective prosecution by only punishing anti-Muslim statements but not anti non-Muslim statements. These revelations by the Inspector-General of Police of “No Further Action” has emboldened more UMNO Ministers to come out of the closet to openly support the racist and extremist policies of Ibrahim Ali and Perkasa.

Muslims And Non-Muslims Should Not Be Allowed To Burn Any Holy Books Of Another Religion Whether There Are Misprints Or Not As It Is Best Left To The Respective Religions.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing And Local Government Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan two days ago had defended Ibrahim Ali by saying that Ibrahim and Alvivi’s case cannot be compared as Alivi was aimed at attacking another religion and could threaten interfaith harmony. Abdul Rahman stressed that what Ibrahim said was normal as Ibrahim only wanted to correct the error of printing the said bibles, and burning them was the proper thing to do just as Muslims burn copies of the Quran that have misprints.

Can a Muslim burn a Bible in anger and protest? Muslims and Non-Muslims should not be allowed to burn any holy books of another religion whether there are misprints or not as it is best left to the respective religions.

Such shocking racist and extremist remarks that burning the Bible was “normal” and “the proper thing to do” by Abdul Rahman will have 3 immediate implications. One, Abdul Rahman has let Cabinet down by challenging his non-Muslim Cabinet colleagues to either resign or accept Abdul Rahman’s open disrespect of their faiths by continuing to work with him.

Two, letting Malaysia down by showing that he wants to be a Minister only for Muslims and that he is not afraid of offending non-Muslims. Thirdly, letting down his non-Muslim supporters in Kota Belud who voted for him in the last general elections and hiding so well his disrespect for non-Muslims.

No Muslim PR leader had said that they supported Ibrahim’s call to burn the Bible. Now that an UMNO Minister has publicly condoned Ibrahim’s actions, what is the position of the non-Muslim Ministers vis-a-vis Abdul Rahman?

Lim Guan Eng

—–Mandarin Version —-

民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2013年7月20日在吉隆坡发表声明:

总检察署拒绝对依布拉欣及祖基菲里诺丁采取行动,正好让好像阿都拉曼这样的种族及极端主义部长“现形” ,并等于公开纵容依布拉欣焚烧圣经的权利或是祖基菲里反兴都教的侮辱行为。

总检察署拒绝对依布拉欣及祖基菲里诺丁采取行动,正好让好像阿都拉曼这样的种族及极端主义部长“现形” ,并等于公开纵容依布拉欣焚烧圣经的权利或是祖基菲里反兴都教的侮辱行为。由于巫统将在今年底举行党选,预料马来西亚人可以看到更多像阿都拉曼这样的巫统领袖“现形”,揭露自己种族主义和极端主义的政治倾向。

行动党支持当局对性爱二人组Alvivi采取行动,但是他们也应该对依布拉欣阿里及祖基菲里采取行动。总警察长丹斯里卡立说警方已经呈交针对土权组织副主席祖基菲里侮辱兴都教的调查报告给总检察署,可以总检察署却以缺乏证据为由,下令警方停止调查工作。至于依布拉欣阿里扬言焚烧圣经的事,警方却还没有接获任何指示。

这很明显总检察署具有的双重标准,马来西亚人会问为什么当局因为性爱二人组的面子书贴文而处罚他们,但是国阵莎亚南候选人祖基菲里在优管上发表反兴都教的言论却不被对付?二者同样使用社交网络。为什么性爱二人组在有人报警后一个星期内就被对付,然而,尽管六个月前许多人针对依布拉欣阿里向警方报案,至今却没有对他采取行动?

无疑,国阵采取选择性提控,只惩罚反穆斯林的言论,却不对付反非穆斯林的言论。尤其是总警长揭发许多案件被列为“无进一步行动”后,也鼓舞了更多巫统部长站出来现身,公开支持依布拉欣阿里及土权的种族主义及极端主义政策。

穆斯林及非穆斯林不应被允许焚烧任何宗教的宗教经典,无论它们是否印刷错误,最好的做法是留给个别的宗教去处理。

乡区福利、房屋及地方政府部长阿都拉曼达兰两天前捍卫土权组织依布拉欣阿里,他说依布拉欣和性爱二人组的案件不能相提并论,因为性爱二人组的目的是攻击另一个宗教,很可能会威胁宗教和谐。阿都拉曼也强调,依布拉欣的言论很平常,他只是要纠正圣经的错误印刷,焚烧有印刷错误的圣经是应该的,正如穆斯林也焚烧印刷错误的《可兰经》。

穆斯林能不能焚烧圣经以示生气和抗议?穆斯林及非穆斯林都不应被允许焚烧任何宗教的宗教经典,无论它们是否印刷错误,最好的做法是留给个别的宗教去处理。

阿都拉曼所发表的种族及极端言论包括焚烧圣经是“正常”的、“正确”的令人惊讶,它将有三个影响。第一,阿都拉曼让内阁失望,他挑战他的非穆斯林内阁成员辞职或接受阿都拉曼对他们的信仰不敬的言论,继续与他共事。

第二,他让马来西亚人失望,他证明他只想成为穆斯林的部长,也不怕得罪非穆斯林。第三,他让这届大选投选他的沙巴古打毛律非穆斯林选民失望,他把本身对非穆斯林的不敬隐藏得这么好。

从来没有一名身为穆斯林的民联领袖支持依不拉欣扬言焚烧圣经。现在,反而是巫统部长公开为依布拉欣辩护,那么内阁里的非穆斯林部长究竟对阿都拉曼的立场是什么?

林冠英

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