Extremist UMNO Supporters And Perkasa Leaders’ Unruly And Uncivilised Behaviour During Demonstrations Against The Penang State Government In Komtar And The Perak DAP State Headquarters In Ipoh, Are Masquerading As Defenders Of Islam By Not Daring To Demonstrate Against MCA, Which Demanded The Repeal Of The Administration of the Religion of Islam(State of Penang) Enactment 2004.(e/c)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 20.12.2014.

Extremist UMNO supporters and Perkasa leaders’ unruly and uncivilised behaviour during demonstrations against the Penang state government in Komtar and the Perak DAP state headquarters in Ipoh, are masquerading as defenders of Islam by not daring to demonstrate against MCA, which demanded the repeal of the Administration of the Religion of Islam(State of Penang) Enactment 2004. Such proposed repeal by MCA would effectively mean also the abolition of the Majlis Agama Islam Negeri Pulau Pinang, a gross insult and interference in Islamic affairs.

Even extremist UMNO supporters and Perkasa leaders have the right to demonstrate, but must be done peacefully, even if they oppose the legally valid and factually correct position of the Penang state government, that fatwas are only applicable on Muslims and not on non-Muslims. Their unruly and uncivilised behaviour yesterday physically harrassed the

courageous DAP State Assemblyman for Tebing Tinggi Ong Boon Piow in Ipoh yesterday and using uncouth language of “babi hutan” against me must be condemned as unacceptable because it is irrational, un-Malaysian and un-Malay.

Would the police or the Attorney-General take any action against such harassment against an Assemblyman and uncouth language against a Chief Minister as they have taken against those who insulted the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak? Such double-standards practiced by the BN Federal government is not new but even the extremists in UMNO and Perkasa ape such hypocritic behaviour.

By not daring to demonstrate against MCA for committing the greater “sin” of wanting to repeal the Enactment and by implication Majlis Agama Islam Negeri Pulau Pinang as compared to demonstrating against the Penang state government’s consistent stand that fatwas can not be forcibly imposed on non-Muslims, Perkasa and extremist UMNO members are clearly working together with MCA to stir up racial and religious sentiments for BN’s political gain.

Unfortunately BN-controlled newspapers have now even influenced some non-BN controlled newspapers by refusing to highlight MCA’s outrageous demand that sparked off the present controversy, that is to repeal the Administration of the Religion of Islam(State of Penang) Enactment 2004. UMNO’s silence on MCA’s demand to repeal the Enactment is matched by MCA’s silence on UMNO’s contention that fatwas are applicable on non-Muslims.

Both MCA and UMNO must bear full responsibility for their devious political motivations that they will benefit politically from such lies, hypocrisy and double-standards, without caring how such irresponsible tactics impair national unity and undermine religious harmony.

LIM GUAN ENG

—– Mandarin Version —-

槟州首席部长林冠英于2014年12月20日在光大乔治市发表声明:

极端巫统支持者及土权领袖失控及不文明地针对槟州政府及位于怡保的霹雳州行动党总部发动示威,是伊斯兰的假卫道士,他们不敢针对马华示威,明明就是马华要求修改2004年(槟州)伊斯兰行政法。

极端巫统支持者及土权领袖失控及不文明地针对槟州政府及位于怡保的霹雳州行动党总部发动示威,是伊斯兰的假卫道士,他们不敢针对马华示威,明明就是马华要求修改2004年(槟州)伊斯兰行政法。马华的要求根本就是要求废除槟州伊斯兰宗教理事会,公然侮辱及干预伊斯兰事务。

就算极端巫统支持者及土权领袖有权利示威,但是他们必须以和平的方式进行,就算他们反对符合法理及符合事实的槟州政府立场,伊斯兰法规只适用于穆斯林,而不是非穆斯林。他们昨天种种不守法及不文明的行为,包括在怡保肢体骚扰行动党德宾丁宜区州议员黄文标、以及使用粗俗言语“山猪”来羞辱我,这些不理性、绝非马来西亚人所为、更加绝非马来人的所做所为,应当被谴责。

警方或者总检察长是否会针对上述针对州议员及首长的行为举止、粗俗言语采取行动?他们曾针对侮辱首相拿督斯里纳吉的人士采取行动。国阵联邦政府的双重标准也不算新闻,但是巫统的极端分子及土权分子也竟然有样学样,像国阵那样虚伪。

明明就是马华犯下更严重的“罪行”,要求修改伊斯兰行政法以及将槟州伊斯兰理事会,他们不敢针对马华示威,反而却针对槟州政府一贯的立场示威,我们的立场就是不能加诸伊斯兰法规于非穆斯林身上,很明显地,土权及巫统极端分子与马华“狼狈为奸”,企图为了国阵的政治利益、挑战种族及宗教情绪。

不幸地是,国阵控制的报纸也影响到了一些非国阵控制的报纸,后者拒绝突显马华离谱的要求所挑起的纷争,那就是要求修改2004年槟城伊斯兰行政法。巫统对于马华的要求保持沉默,正好与马华对巫统“伊斯兰法规适用于非穆斯林身上”的立场保持沉默相配。

马华与巫统都必须对他们邪恶的政治动机负起责任,他们企图要从谎言、虚伪及双重标准中捞取好处,完全不顾这种不负责任的伎俩如何损害团民团结及宗教和谐。

林冠英

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