We are standing by what we said, the Malaysian Association of Muslim Scholars (PUM) insisted yesterday, despite being warned to “watch their words” for alleging there could be religious violence over the court decision on unilateral conversions.
PUM president Abdul Halim Abd Kadir said he will never condone anyone leaving the religion and this is why he will not back down from his earlier statement on the Federal Court decision to nullify the conversion of M. Indira Gandhi’s three children to Islam.
“I realise that I speak in a multicultural and multi-religious society but we cannot condone this (leaving Islam). I am simply carrying out my duty as a Muslim, to speak out against this,” Halim told The Malaysian Insight.
PUM had raised the ire of police and other bodies when it urged the authorities to stop looking for Indira’s ex-husband Muhammad Riduan Abdullah and their youngest daughter, Prasana Diksa, whom Indira has not seen for nine years.
PUM alleged that if the authorities go on with their search for Riduan and Prasana, this would possibly lead to religious violence.
PUM president Abdul Halim Abd Kadir
Firstly, in this post, we MUST differentiate between Islam the holy religion and PUM (Malaysian Association of Muslim Scholars), a bunch of people who profess to subscribe to Islamic beliefs. There is a VAST difference between the song and a motley batch of singers or more appropriately, caterwaulers.
Criticising members of PUM who intimidate violence is the duty, not just civic obligation, of every decent Malaysian, and is NOT a criticism of Islam the religion.
Secondly, a scholar is 'a learned or erudite person, especially one who has profound knowledge of a particular subject.'
He or she is NOT someone who advocates or threatens VIOLENCE on others. Thugs, hooligans, samseng, bandits, robbers, terrorists and barbarians do that.
Islam has long been touted as a religion of peace and compassion, thus I wonder what deviant version of this great religion sits in the befuddled besieged bellicose minds of those PUM members for them to threaten Malaysian society with violence if the police do their public duties on the directions of the Malaysian Federal Courts?
For a start, have PUM insulted Islam with its threat of violence on the brazen temerity of a so-called Islamic imprimatur?
As a second, have PUM shown contempt for the Federal Court in attempting to counter-command its instruction to the police to search for Indira’s ex-husband Muhammad Riduan Abdullah and abductor of their youngest daughter, Prasana Diksa?
Completing the trilogy of sins-&-crimes, have PUM exhibited sedition in attempting to obstruct police in their duties by threats of sectarian violence?
Once communist countries perpetuated violence on, including shooting, torturing and killing their citizens who dared to leave their countries. North Korea still does.
Malaysia doesn't and it'll do well for PUM members to remember they are supposedly citizens of Malaysia and must obey the laws of this land, to wit, the supreme secular laws of this nation.
If they do not want to obey its laws, they are welcome to leave Malaysia for good for Aceh, Afghanistan or Saudi Arabia. They can be assured they won't be shot when they do.