Malaysia – Bigots Witch-Hunt The Harmless Godless!


It is always a bit disconcerting when strangers, people sitting beside you on the TransJakarta buses, for example, enquire about your religion, which, to my way of thinking, is entirely one’s own business, and nobody else’s – except God’s!

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I understand that hospitals ask such odd questions, in case you die! But when it’s a police officer, if you’re reporting a theft, for instance?

No matter, I’m of Ulster-Scots descent and live up to that…

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…by celebrating Christian holidays, as above, and enjoy carol services on Christmas Eve. So I answer, simply, ‘Protestant!’ Such questioning isn’t meant to be rude and doesn’t really bother me.

But when one has to read about fanatic exhortations?

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Yet here in Jakarta, at least, they do not usually come from government ministers.

Across the strait, in Malaysia, things are different…

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…as yet another scary headline indicates.

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Malaysia’s atheists fearful following calls by a minister to ‘track them down’

Some Malay atheists in Malaysia are worried and fearful – in recent days there was a call by a minister “to track them down” while a Muslim cleric issued a reminder that the penalty for apostasy under Islam is “death…”
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-atheists-fearful-following-calls-by-a-minister

We don’t expect any better from ‘clerics’ like Mufti Mohd Yusof Ahmad.

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…Islam prescribes death against Muslims who leave the religion for atheism, if they are “stubborn” and refuse to repent…

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– and not just in Malaysia or here in Indonesia – such beliefs hold sway among alien ‘migrants’ in Western countries too.

But when is the Malaysian Prime Minister going to fire the ‘Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department,’ Shahidan Kassim…

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…who has disgracefully declared that the government should track down atheists. “I suggest we track them down and identify each of them. After that, we have to bring them back to the right path,” he said. This is a religious country…

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Fortunately, not everyone in Kuala Lumpur’s corridors of power shares this bigot’s taste for hounding harmless people for the ‘crime’ of thinking for themselves.

Malaysia’s Deputy Home Affairs Minister Mohamed Nur Jazlan is one such.

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Asked whether there will be a campaign against atheists, he said: “I wouldn’t encourage it.”

While the bloodthirsty call for the persecution of people innocent of any offence except thought is not reflected in the country’s federal statutes, it is alarming to learn that ‘nine out of the 14 states (have) enactments (that) criminalises apostasy.’

No wonder one expert says – with what must surely  be described as masterly understatement – that “Malaysia isn’t the moderate state that it used to be…”