They say she insulted Islam, and yet they aren’t calling for her death, despite the death penalty for blasphemy taught by all the major schools of Islamic jurisprudence. They must be moderates. “Islamic NGO offers reward for slapping MP Teresa Kok over controversial ‘Onederful Malaysia’ video,” from Australia Network News, February 10:
A Malaysian Islamic NGO has offered a $US360 reward for anyone who slaps an opposition MP who posted a controversial Chinese New Year video on YouTube.
Teresa Kok, national vice-chair of the Democratic Action Party, has been accused of insulting Malays and Islam in her ‘Onderful Malaysia’ video.
Local media says up to 300 police reports have been lodged against the video, a play on the government’s ‘1Malaysia’ campaign, which uses a talk show setting to poke fun at various national issues.
Ms Kok has told Asia Pacific the video is a satirical attack on government issues, and the race controversy is being used by the governing UMNO party to distract from that.
“[It is] a distraction, so that the Malay people especially, they will just…look at me, a Chinese, a Christian from DAP, as a racist,” she said.
“They will just focus to attack me, and forget about the real problems that are in UMNO and also in Barisan Nasional government, to try to distract the attention of the Malay audience.”
A group of six Muslim NGOs, calling itself the ‘Council of Islamic NGOs’, has held a protest in which it slaughtered two live chickens and smeared the blood on a banner with images of opposition [sic — the paragraph ends there, with no punctuation]
The group also offered a 1,200 ringgit reward to anyone prepared to slap Ms Kok and record it on a smartphone.
Ms Kok says she’s been shocked by the reaction.
“They accused me for running down the Malays, Islam, the Prime Minister Najib [Razak] – all these accusations are untrue,” she said.
“In fact, you know, when I say I’m surprised, it was because in last year’s general elections, there were numerous songs, video clips that mentioned all these issues.
“So these are not issues that are new for that reason, and also for the Malaysian public – so why this time the reaction was so strong?”
Ms Kok says she’s lodged a police report, but Malaysia’s Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has dismissed the need for an investigation .
“If they issued a death threat, then it would be a threat,” he told local reporters.
“Slapping is not.”
Mr Zahid said an investigation had been launched by the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission into the allegations against the video.
DAP leader Lim Kit Siang has promised he would ask Ms Kok to withdraw the video if the allegations are proven.
The ABC has requested an interview with a Malaysian Government representative and is waiting for a response.