Wannabe ayatollah, who told his Muslim staff last week in an email not to bloody wish Hindus Happy Deepavali because it was akin to practising polytheism, has withdrawn his circular.
Lat week he had said: “Muslims who have inadvertently wished Hindus Happy Deepavali, Happy Durga Pooja or Happy Lakhshmi Pooja must immediately repent and not repeat it in future."
Now he himself is sort of repenting. However I detected some last effort claw marks by him when he gave his reason as “With reference to the views of the Perak Mufti and the Selangor Mufti reported in the New Straits Times dated Oct 15, I sincerely apologise to all parties if the contents of the email have caused hurt and offence. With this, I retract it.”
In other words, Mohd Fauzi Mustaffa was saying that he only withdrew his fatwa-ish circular based on the clerics’ ruling and not because he felt any remorse at his illegal assuming of ayatollah-ish authority.
He made his retraction an hour after several NGO representatives led by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng held a meeting this afternoon with Takaful CEO Mohd Azmi Abu Bakar.
Lim was more gracious than KTemoc when he said that the retraction was satisfactory as it has met DAP’s demands.
He stated: “Since Fauzi had apologised for the email and retracted it, I think we should forgive him and hope he will not repeat this. It is also a reminder to others to be sensitive to other religions.”
Lim has been mistaken because Mohd Fauzi did not truly apologise for his issuance of his religious views (a bit like what some Muslims had criticised the Pope of in the Byzantine speech) - instead he retracted the circular based on the ruling by two Islamic clerics.
But whether he apologise or not is not as important as asking this question: Yes, we Malaysians must ask not Mohd Fauzi but rather the authorities in Malaysia how they have, by their leadership, policies, examples or whatever, allowed the social situation to give rise to such ayatollah-ish pronouncements – begat no doubt by a combination of self political promotion and extreme religious views.
What have our leaders done to our social environment that people like Mohd Fauzi had dared to issue such illegal edict? It hasn’t been the first, and it won’t be the last!