Muslims Have No Monopoly over ‘Allah’
From Wall Street journal
By Anwar Ibrahim
Malaysia has once again resurfaced in international headlines for the wrong reasons. Over the last two weeks, arsonists and vandals attacked 10 places of worship, including Christian churches and Sikh temples. Though there were no injuries and the material damage is reparable, the same cannot be said about the emotional and psychological scars left behind. After numerous conflicting statements from government officials, the underlying causes of the violence are still unaddressed. Malaysia’s reputation as a nation at peace with its ethnic and religious diversity is at stake.
Malaysia’s poor handling of religious and sectarian issues is not unique. The ill treatment of minority groups in Muslim countries is often worse than the actions Muslims decry in the West. I have called attention to the broader need in the Muslim world for leadership that demonstrates consistency and credibility in our call for justice, fairness and pluralism. These values are embedded in the Islamic tradition as the higher objectives of Shariah expounded by the 12th-century jurist al-Shatibi.
We have seen Muslims around the world protest against discriminatory laws passed in supposedly liberal and progressive countries in the West. Yet just as France and Germany have their issues with the burqa and Switzerland with its minarets, so too does Malaysia frequently fail to offer a safe and secure environment that accommodates its minority communities. [blog liberal]
Inilah suara pro Amerika bercakap dalam majalah pro yahudi. Memburuk-burukkan negara sendiri dan saudara sendiri. Surau pun dibakar lansung tak ambil port.
Inilah harapan baru untuk Malaysia, sudah jelas akan menyusu kera dihutan berlebih-lebihan, bermuka-muka terlampau-lampau anak dirumah kelak apalah nasib.