As promised, the Malay-Muslims have begun their ‘investigation’ this week of a state religious police raid earlier this month on a Kuala Lumpur-area church. Yesterday the first hearing took place, which had some of the organizations involved in attendance. From “NGO and Jais reps meet panel”, The Star, 26 August 2011:
SHAH ALAM: Parties involved in the controversial Selangor
Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) [state religious police] operation on a multiracial
thanksgiving dinner in a church met with the state hearing committee.
Jais was represented by its director Marzuki Hussin, while a group of six represented dinner organiser [NGO] Harapan Komuniti, including two lawyers.
The two groups met the hearing committee comprising Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, state mufti Datuk Tamyes Abd Wahid and his deputy Datuk Abdul Majid Omar.
First to meet them yesterday was Marzuki at 2.30pm. The meeting was held at the Mentri Besar’s office.
Marzuki emerged at 3pm, but was tight-lipped when met by reporters.
The Harapan Komuniti group, led by lawyers Datuk Kenny Ng and Annou Xavier, then met the committee for an hour before leaving at 4pm.
“We trust in the goodwill, good faith and good sense of the committee,” Ng said before leaving but refused to answer questions.
Monday, Khalid announced the committee’s formation by the Selangor
Government to investigate the dispute on the check conducted by Jais on
the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC).
Jais had on Aug 3
entered the premises of DUMC [Damansara Utara Methodist Church], where a thanksgiving dinner was being held
after being tipped off on an alleged attempt to proselytise Muslims.
That’s a lot of Muslims with heavy-weight titles who are in attendance of a mere hearing. So, who was missing at this hearing? Where was the representative of the DUMC, the church that was ‘checked’ in the first place? Apparently the input of the accused is unnecessary, especially if the accused is an ‘infidel’.
Leaving the church out of an investigation of a raid on the very same church should tell you how honest a Muslim investigation of a Muslim religious police raid is going to be. When the legal code they adhere to gives no standing to non Muslims, is it even remotely possible for Muslims to attempt to get to the truth of the matter when investigating their own affairs? Why do I keep getting a nagging feeling that the verdict for this kangaroo court’s trial has already been decided?
In Subang Jaya, MCA [Malaysian Chinese Association] president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said issuing a gag order would not solve the controversy surrounding the Jais operation.
issue should be explained to the non-Muslims so that they understand
better why proselytisation is such a sensitive issue for the Muslims,”
he said at the Poh Toh Festival Dinner 2011 here last night.
The use of the word ‘sensitive’ is a disingenuous understatement, from one of Malaysia’s top dhimmis, for an act which Islam’s founder deemed a capital crime — i.e. “whoever changes his religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57).
Muslims (or the dhimmis like MCA who scupper to them) can never directly answer this simple question: why it is a ‘racist’, ‘Islamophobic’ or ‘hateful’ act to proselytize to Muslims, when it is never wrong for Muslims to do the same to those of other belief systems? Maybe because even the most pious Muslims somehow know in their hearts that the ideological goods they’re selling are shoddy?