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Mahathir tembak Muslim atau Islam?
By Kapal Berita
27/10/2000 2:41 am Fri
Mahathir selalu membidas orang lain seolah-olah hanya beliau
seorang yang benar-benar faham dengan Islam. Kita perhatikan
sejak akhir-akhir ini beliau banyak bercakap mengenai Islam,
khususnya dalam aspek penakwilan hukum hakam. Seperti biasa
ada pelbagai alasan diberikan untuk menukar bukan sahaja
terjemahan al Quran malah hukum yang diijtihad oleh ulamak
yang diwarisi berzaman. Malah ulamak terdahulu menghabiskan
masa mereka sejak kecil sehingga dipanggil tuhan mengarang dan
mengkaji Islam. Apakah Mahathir dan ularmaknya lebih pandai
dari mereka semua? Yang pastinya lebih separuh hayat pemimpin
umno dan ularmaknya bukannya penuh dengan ilmu di dada,
sebaliknya sarat dengan wang semata-mata! Saya pasti jika
mahathir menuntut di al Azhar, sudah lama gagal dan dibuang
terus kerana tidak berguna dan merosakkan Islam sahaja.
Mahathir sengaja menembak sesuka hati, dan seperti biasa
apa yang dikaji oleh ulamak terdahulu tidak sesuai. Yang
sesuai hanyalah pandangan yang sesuai untuk diri beliau sahaja.
Bayangkan jika satu negara Malaysia memilih fesyen bertudung
ala pemimpin umno, khususnya Shahrizat atau Rafidah yang teramat
popular? Dapatkah fesyen seperti ini memartabatkan Islam dan
mengelakkan kejadian rogol atau liw4t seperti yang berlaku
dalam dua kes di negeri Selangor... (Hmmm.. kenapa Selangor ya?)
Atau satu fesyen bebas ala "Sisters in Sin" untuk yang muda-muda?
Kebebasan yang diperjuangkan mereka hanya akan mempurak-purandakan
negara kerana kehormatan wanita itu adalah terlalu mahal untuk
dijamu seikut suka - wanita memegang peranan penting menjaga dan
mendidik keluarga, bukannya menjaga rambut untuk dipuji semua jejaka
atau mendapat bunga semua buaya! Esok lusa hilanglah dara....
Berikut adalah petikkan kata-kata Mahathir yang mendapat
liputan seantara dunia.... walaupun beliau "guarantee" tidak pass
periksa ugama. Perhatikan beliau membidas orang atau membidas Islam?
Malaysia may drop bill on apostasy, Mahathir raps Islamic fanatics
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 (AFP) - 15:18 - A controversial bill which would
penalise Muslims in multi-racial Malaysia who leave their faith is likely
to be delayed or shelved, a minister said Tuesday.
Abdul Hamid Othman, a minister responsible for religion, told reporters the
Restoration of Faith Bill "will not necessarily be enacted in our time."
He did not elaborate but said the northwestern state of Perlis had already
scrapped a similar bill -- under which apostate Muslims could be detained
for a year of "re-education" -- on government advice.
Abdul Hamid was speaking on the sidelines of a conference on Islamic law at
which Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad criticised Islamic intolerance.
Mahathir, seen as a moderate on religious matters, said Malaysia faced
difficulties in introducing laws on apostasy because it is a multi-racial
country where marriages between Muslims and non-Muslims sometimes happen.
A Muslim convert, he said, would sometimes decide to return to his or her
original religion following a divorce.
Last month the premier said the government had made no decision on the
apostasy bill, which would have covered the federal territories. "We have
to study it first to find out its effect," he said at the time.
Individual states and the federal territories -- Kuala Lumpur and Labuan
island -- enact their own laws on religion.
Mahathir made no direct mention of the bill Tuesday. But in answer to a
delegate who asked what action the government plans against those who leave
Islam, he said that in Malaysia "we choose not to take any action."
He told the audience: "Some people think the death penalty must be imposed
on those who committed apostasy.
"But this becomes a disincentive to those who want to convert to Islam.
Then Islam won't spread in Malaysia."
The proposed bill had met with strong protests from some Muslim groups as
well as others. Sisters in Islam said freedom of religion must necessarily
recognise the freedom to leave Islam.
Abdul Hamid told reporters apostasy was not a serious problem but was being
politicised by the opposition Parti Islam seMalaysia (PAS) to win votes.
He said the government preferred to educate Muslims rather than to impose
Mahathir, in a speech to the conference, said Muslims including Malays had
become less tolerant and cared little for the views of others when
Just over half Malaysia's population are Muslim Malays.
The premier said it seemed to the intolerant that a Muslim was only a
Muslim if he is harsh in carrying out Islamic laws.
"Even when Islam permits flexibility, it should be rejected in favour of
rigidity (by such people). The greater the rigidity in the interpretations,
the more a Muslim is faithful," he said.
Islam today, he said, appeared to be different from the religion of peace
and tolerance as brought by the Prophet Muhammad.
Islam had become a rigid, intolerant and seemingly unjust religion to the
faithful and to others because of the fanaticism and misplaced orthodoxy of
people with vested interests, he said.
October 24 , 2000 16:44PM
DEBATE ON APOSTASY STILL NOT RESOLVED, SAYS MAHATHIR
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir
Mohamad said Tuesday the death penalty for apostates is not implemented in
Malaysia because the debate on the matter has not been resolved.
"Because there's no resolution, including on the death penalty (for those
who commit apostasy), we choose not to do anything.
"It would be a grave injustice if the death penalty is imposed and is later
found to be inappropriate," he said in a dialogue in conjunction with the
international seminar on Islamic Law in the Contemporary World, here.
Dr Mahathir said such a penalty might also serve as a disincentive to
non-Muslims to embrace Islam and hence hamper efforts to spread the Islamic
He said that while the orthodox Muslims had no doubt about the death
penalty for those who renounce Islam, there were those who said that
implementing the death penalty was "inappropriate".
Dr Mahathir said that in a 100 per cent Muslim society, it might be
possible to take stern action against apostates but in reality there was no
such society now.
Touching on non-uniform Islamic laws in the states in Malaysia, he said the
situation arose because religious matters were the prerogative of the
rulers who had their own religious advisors.
"They believe in their independence and that's why the (religious) laws are
different," he said.
Dr Mahathir said the federal government tried to give guidance on Islamic
laws but unfortunately, some states were disagreeable.
"This makes their laws different from that of other states," he said. On
the government's move to monitor the actions of some parties including
ulama who expressed "unhealthy" views, Dr Mahathir said that actually stern
action could be taken against them.
However, it was better to have continuous information and education on true
Islamic teachings to enable the people to counter such views, he said.
Meanwhile, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Abdul Hamid
Othman, when met by reporters, said the opposition had played up the
apostasy issue for political gains.
"PAS played up this issue because it is sensitive among the villagers. They
exaggerate the issue and the number (of apostasy cases given by them) is
also false," he said.
Asked on the standardisation of syariah laws, he said a paper on the matter
was ready and would be forwarded to the Conference of Rulers for approval.
Abdul Hamid said the paper, among others, contained proposals on procedural
October 24 , 2000 11:46AM
PM SAYS FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF ISLAMIC LAWS NOT POSSIBLE
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian government does not reject
Islamic laws but it acknowledged that under prevailing circumstances, it is
not possible to implement all of them fully, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr
Mahathir Mohamad said.
Opening an international seminar on "Islamic Law in the Contemporary World"
here Tuesday, he said the fact that Islamic laws were largely uncodified
opened them to many interpretations, some of which must be contrary to the
tenets of Islam.
He said an attempt had been made in this country to codify such laws
pertaining to certain societal behaviour and activity but complete
codification was not possible because Malaysia is a multi-racial and
"However the laws of the country are not such as to negate the principles
of Islamic laws and Islamic justice. The punishment may be different but
the principles are the same," he said.
Dr Mahathir said the Muslims of today, including the Malays, were less
tolerant and cared little for the views of others when practising the
teachings of Islam, including the interpretation of Islamic laws and their
No death penalty for apostates, Malaysian PM says
By WAN HAMIDI HAMID
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad said it would be a grave
injustice for the government to sentence apostates to death.
""Such a penalty may also serve as a disincentive to non-Muslims to
embrace Islam and hamper efforts to spread the Islamic faith,'' he
said at a seminar on Islamic law here yesterday.
He also said that, while orthodox Muslims were zealous about imposing
the death penalty on apostates, there were others who believed capital
punishment was inappropriate.
""In a 100 per cent Muslim society, it might be possible to take stern
action against apostates but in reality there is no such society
The issue arose recently when the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime
Minister's Department, Mr Noh Omar, announced that a draft Bill to
combat apostasy was ready and had been sent to the Attorney-General.
But Dr Mahathir said later that Mr Noh had got things mixed up and he
explained that the government had yet to make a decision on the
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Abdul Hamid
Othman said yesterday that PAS had played up the apostasy issue for
Some PAS orators have claimed that thousands of Muslims had become
apostates over the past few years, blaming the government for not
being harsh enough.
But Islamic Development Department statistics show that between 1994
and May 1997, 519 Muslims applied to change their religion.
Only 55 were Malaysians and most converted to Islam.
From The Singapore Straits Times
Mahathir slams intolerant Muslims
Wrong interpretations of the religion have made Islam appear uncaring
and unjust not only to non-Muslims, but to Muslims as well, he says
By WAN HAMIDI HAMID IN KUALA LUMPUR
IN YET another strong message, Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr
Mahathir Mohamad has criticised Malays for becoming less tolerant and
caring little for the views of others when practising the teachings of
Islam, including the interpretation of Islamic laws and their
Wrong interpretations of the religion, he said, had made Islam appear
to be uncaring and unjust not only to non-Muslims, but to the majority
of Muslims as well.
Speaking at the opening of the International Seminar on Islamic Law in
the Contemporary World here yesterday, he added that the extreme
orthodoxy would condemn mitigation even if it would make Islam a more
""They would claim that the truly faithful must ignore the opinions of
non-Muslims when it comes to adhering strictly to the injunction of
""That their interpretations of the injunction of Islam might be wrong
does not occur to them. For them the more the suffering they inflict
on themselves or on other Muslims, the stronger would be their
faith,'' he said.
Islam had become a rigid, intolerant and seemingly an unjust religion
because of the fanaticism and misplaced orthodoxy of people with
vested interests, he added.
Dr Mahathir said rivalry between Muslim groups in politics had also
led to each group trying to outdo the other in the rigidity of
""Any sign of tolerance or flexibility would be regarded as being
unfaithful to the religion. In their desire to be holier than their
rivals they have misquoted and misinterpreted.
"The religion is made as intolerant as possible in the process of
demonising the rivals. A perfect religion in which the upholding of
justice is paramount has been made to be uncaring and oppressive,'' he
Islamic resurgence in Malaysia since the early 80s has prompted the
Barisan Nasional-led government to embark on an Islamisation process,
introducing religious-based banking and finance systems and promoting
religious studies in schools, universities and the workplace.
The fundamentalist Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) has been pushing the
government to be more Islamic by demanding the implementation of
classical Islamic laws, including the Hudud law (Islamic penal code).
Owing to Umno's dismal performance in last year's general election,
many party leaders and members believe that the best way to regain the
support of the Malays is to be more Islamic.
Of the 22 million Malaysians, 45 per cent are non-Muslims.
Most of them are Buddhists, Taoists, Christians, Hindus and Sikhs.
Dr Mahathir himself has never rejected the feasibility of implementing
Islamic laws in Malaysia but has said that under prevailing
circumstances it is not possible to implement all of the laws fully.
He has also said that there are some Muslims who believe that
punishment against the victim, instead of the criminal, would be
considered just as as long as it was under Islamic laws.
""Thus, if a girl is raped but she can produce no witnesses then she
will still be guilty of zina (adultery) if she conceives.
""While the rapist would not be brought to justice and punished, the
girl must be stoned to death because the punishment for zina is death
""In the eyes of most people this could be unjust but some Muslims
would still claim that in some way or other it would be just because
it is prescribed by Islam.''
To correct the situation, Dr Mahathir has urged modern Muslim jurists
to look again at the old interpretations of Islam, particularly those
relating to justice.
October 24 , 2000 21:15PM
ACA probe on Perwaja still continuing
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 (Bernama) -- Investigations by the Anti-Corruption
Agency (ACA) and police into management irregularities in Perwaja Steel
under Tan Sri Eric Chia are still continuing, the Dewan Rakyat was told on
Finance Ministry Parliamentary Secretary Datuk Hashim Ismail said the
Attorney-General's Chambers had asked the ACA to take certain follow-up
actions in connection with the preliminary investigation report on the
alleged irregularities in the steel mill.
"The ACA probe on the case is still continuing," he said when winding up
the debate on the Second Supplementary Supply Bill 2000 amounting to
RM4.935 billion and the Second Supplementary Development Estimates
totalling RM938.6 million.
Among the follow-up actions are recording statements from witnesses
overseas which were crucial for the case before the A-G chambers could make
a final decision on the investigations.
He, however, said efforts to record statements from foreigners faced
problems as they were not cooperative.
Hashim said the ACA was seeking the cooperation of several foreign
embassies to complete the investigations as it involved the laws of those
countries which need to be complied with.
Replying to Lim Hock Seng (DAP-Bagan), he said investigation papers on
former Director-General of the Economic Planning Unit in the Prime
Minister's Department Tan Sri Ali Abul Hassan Sulaiman were referred to the
A-G chambers. He said the A-G Chambers decided that the case be closed owing to lack of
concrete evidence to proceed with prosecution.
He said the A-G Chambers decided that the case be closed owing to lack of concrete evidence to proceed with prosecution.
He, however, said the case could be reopened if there were new developments
and sufficient evidence. -- BERNAMA