Nik Aziz Nik Mat
Wasn’t he just warned not to do this? Anyway, here is yet another example of the religious appeal that radical Muslims make to the broad population — and more indication of its effectiveness. From AP, :
Lighting a torch under one of Malaysia’s most volatile issues, the spiritual leader of the fundamentalist Islamic opposition said people who vote for it in upcoming elections will go to heaven and implied government supporters are destined for hell.
Nik Aziz Nik Mat, a 72-year-old cleric held in high esteem by millions of ethnic Malay Muslims, was quoted in a newspaper report Saturday, days after election officials warned candidates not to bring religion into the campaign at the risk of disqualification.
Religion and ethnicity are multicultural Malaysia’s most sensitive issues, and contributed to race riots 30 years ago that still resonate in today’s society. Political parties remain largely divided along ethnic lines, though both the opposition and the government are in multi-ethnic coalitions.
“It is stated in the Quran that those who rally behind Islam are also those who want to live under divine laws laid down by Allah,” Nik Aziz was quoted as saying in The Star newspaper. “And naturally, they will go to heaven for choosing an Islamic party, while those who support un-Islamic parties will logically go to hell.”
Misquoted? Taken out of context? Not this time:
Anuar Bukhary, Nik Aziz’s press secretary, told The Associated Press the quotes were accurate. . . .
The Islamic party wants to make Malaysia an Islamic state and advocates a Taliban-style criminal code, including execution by stoning – policies that push non-Muslims and liberal Muslims into supporting the government.