Thursday, October 9, 2014

How could non police action against Ibrahim Ali be explained or justified with “he was merely defending Islam”?



Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on October 9, 2014

How could non police action against Ibrahim Ali be explained or justified with “he was merely defending Islam”? 

Yesterday, Nancy Shukri, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of law , told the Parliament that the police decided not to take action against Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali over his call last year to burn copies of the Bible containing the word "Allah" because he was merely defending Islam.

Her answer was most shocking. 

Malaysians are now not only angry with the double standards applied by the authorities in not taking action against some individuals but also with the ridiculous excuse used for practicing such double standards.

How could non police action against Ibrahim Ali be explained or justified with “he was merely defending Islam”? 

This is a most dangerous statement as in future; more provocative statements and actions by extremist groups will be made with such excuse. 

Nancy Shukri also said that the police concluded that Ibrahim’s words were only directed at specific individuals, and not a threat to larger society.

Can Nancy explain why DAP Assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer was charged under the Sedition Act for his “Celaka Umno” remark? 

Why should he be charged for merely calling an organization celaka and had only responded to a protest by some Umno leaders?

If she is not aware of the facts, below is part of a news report which she can obtain easily:- 

“It was reported that Rayer had made the controversial “celaka” remark when referring to a protest in January in which a banner that read “Because of DAP leaders, May 13 happened. Want some more?” was held up.

When making the remark, Rayer also mentioned local Umno leaders – Kepala Batas MP Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahya and state Umno secretary Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir – whom he said had also made statements touching on race at the protest in Seberang Jaya.” 

Nancy’s answer has only further confirmed what Malaysians already know-- the government practices double standards in using the draconian Sedition Act.

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