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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Why the PM's continued silence over the seditious Pahang mufti

Malaysia's interfaith council has questioned the prime minister's continued silence over Pahang mufti Abdul Rahman Osman’s labelling of those opposed to hudud as 'kafir harbi', which it says is seditious.

"The Malaysian Counsultative Council of Buddhsim, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) is perplexed by the silence of our prime minister and other leaders regarding the statement issued by the mufti.

"MCCBCHST is of the view, that this call by the mufti is a dangerous provocation which can destabilise the nation that has lived in peace and harmony in this mufti-religious society for more than half-a-century," said the group in a statement today.

The group said the term 'kafir harbi', which some have taken to mean non-believers who can be slain for waging war against Islam, is "seditious, is inciting people to commit murder and is clearly unconstitutional.

On June 24, Pahang mufti Abdul Rahman Osman was reported by Utusan Malaysia calling DAP 'kafir harbi' for opposing PAS' move to implement hudud in Kelantan, painting the party as anti-Islam.

The mufti subsequently clarified the term was not aimed just at DAP but all non-Muslims who oppose the Islamic penal code.

Following a national outcry over his proclamation, which critics called dangerous and irresponsible, Abdul Rahman has refused to retract his statement.

While the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) subsequently issued a statement saying the mufti's statement is only an opinion and not an official fatwa, groups such as the Christian Federation of Malaysia have urged the prime minister himself to speak up against the mufti.

MCCBCHST meanwhile said a number of Muslims have spoken against the mufti's claims, for example the Perlis mufti and Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) lecturer Mazlee Malik.

The group also called on the mufti to retract his "dangerous statement" and urged "immediate action" from the police, who are investigating the mufti's statement.

The group reiterated its stand that the introduction of hudud law would be "unconstitutional and adversely affect the rights of the citizens".

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