By Melissa Chi, The Malaysian Insider
Islamic non-governmental organisations (NGO) have demanded immediate action from the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) against those who tried to convert Muslims.
“We urge the Jais and the other authorities to immediately take action and if there were efforts to convert Muslims from holding their faith as claimed by the National Fatwa Council Chairman and former Chairman of the National Fatwa Council.
“We are united and committed to defending the faith of Muslims held in this country from the encroachment in accordance with the position of Islam as a religion of the Federation of Malaysia Constitution and the provision of the existing laws including enforcing the law of apostasy,” the group of NGOs said in a statement today, as a result from the roundtable discussion organised by Ikatan Ilmuan Malaysia (ILMUAN).
The NGOs were referring to the recent raid of a dinner at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) in Petaling Jaya. The authorities have denied that a raid had been conducted at DUMC, preferring instead to claim that they had merely inspected the premises that August 3 after receiving complaints that Muslims were attending the function.
The discussion, “Ummah faith issues: What should our attitude be and what is our role?” was held yesterday at the Selangor state executive councilors housing complex.
The NGOs added that they uphold and support the efforts of any party to strengthen Muslims’ faith through education and welfare programmes and will demand empowerment programmes including the return of adequate assistance to religious schools.
The group also demanded that the relevant bodies with Islamic trust properties to act efficiently to help marginalised Muslims so that their life are “protected and secure” and that the issues related to the faith of Muslims are not manipulated and distorted by the newspapers to give political advantage to a certain party until it undermines the solidarity of Muslims.
“We stressed that issues relating to the faith of Muslims are very sensitive issues that could affect racial harmony, thus calling on all parties not to act against the stipulated law.
“We urge the institutions governing the affairs of Muslims are submitted to those truly qualified and respected so that these institutions are seen as absolutely authoritative,” they said.
written by SiHangChai, August 14, 2011 19:41:29
Acting against those who tried to convert Muslims is supported by all Malaysians. But what if you fockers NGO Islam and JAIS themselves found to be implanting false evidences? Then, should you guys be facing criminal actions? So far, the church has yet to lodge a police report against JAIS and some NGO Islam as the church does not want to stir the issue in order to maintain harmony. Non-Muslims in Malaysia are NOT stupid jerks to try to convert Muslims to become a Christian or whatever religion. The people are civilised citizen unlike some still kampung mentality. This issue has nothing to do with religion but so happen, to make it as political issue by certain disappointed groups .
written by Wally, August 14, 2011 17:20:34
Why would anyone wish to convert to an oppressive faith such as Islam (as it is projected to be by its current advocates in Malaysia)? That may well answer why the GOM and JAIS is scared of Christianity, which, by contrast, goes out of its way to promote the concept of "family" amongst fellow Christians and the Good News about the salvation of mankind.
If the Muslim leaders in Malaysia could begin showing that they too are at one with the rest of humankind and start being more confident in the integrity of their faith, then there would be no reason to have laws about apostasy for Muslims. There is nothing wrong with Islam; it is every bit as good as Judaism and Christianity (they are all Abrahamic religions with the same fundamental structure).
But the Muslims in Malaysia, much like the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, sure know how to drive people away from Islam! When are they going to learn that enthusiastic new religious recruits are attracted by the humanity (sympathy, empathy, kindness, charity, mercy and, above all else, compassion) shown by the religion's leaders and followers alike? The opposite traits will inevitably drive existing believers away, for which act the Muslims are liable to punishment under Malaysian laws! And those who offer the disillusioned Muslims an alternative religion with better religious leadership are punished too! That is justice, Malaysian style………