|Two Muslim groups defend MP’s arrest|
|Fauwaz Abdul Aziz | Sep 15, 08 1:58pm|
|Two Malay-Muslims groups who still believe that Selangor exco Teresa Kok was against the
azansemanating from local mosques have come out to defend her detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
Bernama reported yesterday that the Muslim Consumers’ Association of Malaysia (PPIM) and the Islamic NGOs, Heritage Associations, Malay Cultural Organisations and Related Bodies Cooperation Network (Pewaris) had lodged police reports against Kok.
Their report was over Kok’s alleged act to prohibit or lower the calls to prayer at mosques and suraus in Kota Damansara, Sri Serdang and Bandar Kinrara.
“The detentions are proof that the government does not remain silent in matters involving racial sensitivities and the Federal Constitution.
“Matters such as these should be viewed seriously because, if ignored, they could incite hatred in the people, especially the Malays, because their special position has often been disputed by certain quarters,” PPIM secretary-general Dr Ma’amor Osman was quoted as saying yesterday.
Kok was the third to have been detained last Friday.
The DAP leader was preceded by controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Sin Chiew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng. Tan was released 18 hours later.
‘Don’t touch the syiars of Islam’
Speaking to Malaysiakini today, Ma’amor said just as Muslims do not seek to disturb or affect any changes to the religious ceremonies of non-Muslims, Kok should also not have sought to disturb or affect any changes to that of Muslims.
“Azans are among the ‘syiar‘ (symbols) of Islam, and she was trying to change or influence the this syiar of Islam,” he said.
He claimed that Kok and other DAP leaders such as its national chairperson Karpal Singh have a history of making statements against Islam.
Malaysiakini had earlier reported that officials of the mosque in Seri Serdang whose volume of azans Kok had purportedly sought to lower have come out to deny her involvement.
They also said the residents who had requested for the lowering of the volume were not concerned about the five-minute azans at all but the religious talks that are sometimes held after the dawn or dusk prayers and which can last for more than an hour.
The Kota Damansara mosque that allegedly was pressured by non-Muslim residents to cease sounding its azans has also clarified that the silence over the past few weeks was due to a faulty PA system.
Its officials have lodged a police report against former Selangor menteri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo for statements, contained in Utusan Malaysia, which claimed otherwise.
Ma’mor, however, said notwithstanding claims by the mosque officials, the police still have to investigate and get to the bottom of the matter.
“I am not saying that your investigations into the matter is not true. But the responsibility of conducting investigations into the matter is the police. I am sure they have done their investigations into the matter. Let them carry them out,” he said.
When pointed out that the petition by the residents near Bandar Kinrara were not against the azans per se but the religious lectures, Ma’mor said this does not make a difference as both azans and religious lectures are “syiars” of Islam.
“Don’t touch the syiars of Islam at all,” he said.
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