Friday, January 14, 2011

Making a Dung Heap out of a Mole Hill

A group of 100 Malay protesters congregated in front of Masjid al-Ikhlasiah in Kampung Kerinchi here today to protest against a lawyer from MCA who purportedly applied pressure to stop the mosque from using loudspeakers to play the Muslim call to prayer.

The group consisting of members from Muslim welfare group Pekida and Malay rights NGO Perkasa claimed that a “Chinese lawyer” had demanded the mosque stop the “azan” (call to prayer) recital.

The demonstrators also held posters naming the lawyer and displaying what they claim to be his home address in Pantai Hill Park condominium.

At the protest, chairman of Pekida’s Lembah Pantai chapter, Zakaria Awang, demanded that the man be arrested for sedition.

“We want him to be arrested under the Internal Security Act for threatening national harmony or he can change his citizenship to a nationality of his own liking,” he said.

He added that the “lawyer” should also make an open apology to the Muslim community in the country.

The group also distributed copies of a fax purportedly from the man, and said to have been sent to the Prime Minister’s Office asking for the volume of the mosque’s loudspeakers to be lowered.

by Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

These are my observations :

1. why are they burning their pillows?

2. there's no specific mention of this bogeyman/MCA lawyer. Who is he? Reminds me of the time in Perak where a mob stormed a church in Perak trying to stop a mass conversion of muslims to christianity. Turned out to be false. And the lying Perak Mufti got away scot-free for nearly plunging the country into some form of nasty extremism.

3. I am quite sure during the Prophet's time, there wasn't a need for loudspeakers. So what's the beef? That's a hadith right there. Like a lot of other hadiths, this one is unauthenticated too.

4. I think it's just UMNO (United Malays National Organisation) trying to galvanise the Malays to prepare for the coming General Elections. Let the siege mentality begin. 'You are either with us or against us'

5. the banners were written in red ink, I suppose it was to denote blood. I see 'peace' written all over it

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