Jamaluddin also “said its members had to change the people’s misconception that Pekida was part of a gangster organisation, when it was not.” Good luck with that. Maybe you’ll have more success with it if you cut out the talk of a bloodbath.
“Muslim body warns of bloodbath to protect Islam,” from MSN News, March 22 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
The Malaysian Islamic Propagation Organisation (Pekida) said today that it was willing to suffer a bloodbath for Islam and the country, including defending the word “Allah”, Sinar Harian reported today.
The president of the government-backed Muslim body, Datuk Jamaluddin Yusof, said its members all over the country were always using their energy to protect and fight in the name of “Allah” in defending the religion, race and the country, the Malay daily reported.
He was referring to the Catholics’ fight to use the word “Allah” in its weekly publication, Herald. Last year, the Court of Appeal reversed a previous High Court ruling which allowed the use of the word.
This is after the Home Ministry in 2007 revoked the Herald’s printing permit for using the word “Allah”. The case is now with the Federal Court.
Christians who worship in Bahasa Malaysia and Arabic use the term “Allah”, which is Arabic for “God”. Sikhs also use the term in their religious rituals.
Jamaluddin said Pekida’s fight was in line with the organisation’s objective when it was set up, which was to defend Islam, besides ensuring that Muslims did not split over differences in ideologies.
“That’s why Pekida members are reminded that joining the organisation does not mean going against gangsters, getting political influence and others,” he was quoting as saying at the Pekida’s Besut chapter first annual general meeting in Lata Belatan, Terengganu.
According to previous reports, Pekida has long been associated with Umno. Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was also reportedly a Pekida member.
Jamaluddin also called on Pekida members to “wake up from their slumber” and be “spirited in their fight”, besides taking care of Pekida’s name, the daily reported.
He said its members had to change the people’s misconception that Pekida was part of a gangster organisation, when it was not.
“We have to change their views. From people being scared of us, to respect, by doing a lot of welfare work, helping one another and others,” he said, according to the report.