The Malaysian Insider today published yet another op-ed saying:
“Religious tension was raised several notches over the past weeks by Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia’s (Isma) Chinese-bashing statements, as well as a seminar held in Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) earlier this month at which speakers demonised Christianity.”
See ‘Interfaith dialogue undermined by Putrajaya’s inaction on hate speech, say observers by Jennifer Gomez
Seminar organized by MAIS, supported by JPM
Earlier, DAP had in the party website carried a press statement titled ‘The UiTM is under the spotlight again following the seminar on the word “Allah’ and Christology in the Malay Archipelago”.’
The seminar, held at UiTM’s Dewan Agong Tuanku Canselor on 6 May 2014, was organized by the Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (MAIS) together with two other organizations. It was supported by Utusan, TV al-Hijrah and three corporate sponsors.
TV al-Hijrah is an Islamic television channel that comes under the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM).
The DAP media statement issued on 8 May 2014 was signed by Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud (below).
Dyana bashes “certain parties” that are “full of hatred”
Dyana in her statement said that the content of the UiTM seminar was to “demonise Christianity in the eyes of the participants”. She said:
“I am disappointed at how UiTM is handling this matter. If the institution has the noble intention to promote understanding and strengthen Islamic beliefs, the right way is definitely not by demonising another religion.”
Dyana also took issue with a MAIS booklet ‘Pendedahan Agenda Kristian’ distributed to the some 1,000 undergraduates attending the seminar. She claimed the booklet to be “anti-Christian material”.
According to Dyana, “The book was blaming Christianisation as the main reason of apostasy among Muslims”.
Dyana, who is Lim Kit Siang’s political secretary, further slammed the university for choosing to “discredit and smear [the Christian] faith without a care in the world”.
She said of her alma mater:
“UiTM as a respected institution is not supposed to stand so low just to satisfy the agenda of certain parties who are closed-minded, full of hatred and obviously very backwards.”
Is Dyana criticizing the Quran?
Dyana said that the UiTM seminar speakers had claimed “there are evil plots to Christianise the Muslims”.
She said they were “spreading lies and causing insecurities in the name of religion”.
She said they sought to “instigate hate between religions and races”.
She added that what was worst was that “it was organized and endorsed by a respected university. Just pathetic”.
“This incident discredits my alma mater and I, along with many of my UiTM brothers and sisters are definitely not happy with it,” concluded Dyana.
The ‘Love, Love, Love’ talk
She said instead of a seminar instigating hate between religions and races, it should have been:
“an inter-faith seminar highlighting shared basic principles across religions to show how our differences are superficial and our similarities are deep, encouraging understanding among different religions and strengthen unity and togetherness”.
Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud has been well tutored by the DAP.
She now talks like an evangelista — “inter-faith” lah … “shared basic principles across religions” lah … “similarities are deep” lah … “understanding” lah … “strengthen unity and togetherness” lah.
MAIS booklet warned against “Yahudi dan Nasrani”
Let’s go back to the bit where Dyana had slammed the seminar for allegedly choosing to “discredit and smear” Christianity.
To recap, the seminar is organized by the Selangor highest Islamic authority. And like Dyana said, MAIS had distributed its booklet ‘Pendedahan Agenda Kristian’ to the participants.
“Penegasan Allah tentang sikap sikap Yahudi dan Nasrani yang menyembunyikan keterangan sebenar serta usaha mereka untuk memutar belit fakta dan bukti demi menyesatkan manusia.”
MAIS quoted surah A-li Imraan, verse 111 and interpreted it as:
“Penegasan Allah tentang sikap Yahudi dan Nasrani yang sentiasa mengejek dan membuat tuduhan tidak berasas yang menjejaskan kesucian agama Islam.”
MAIS quoted surah Al-Maidah, verse 18 and interpreted it as:
“Penegasan Allah tentang sikap ego dan menunjuk-nunjuk golongan Yahudi dan Nasrani yang merasakan diri mereka sebagai kelompok terpilih yang lebih baik berbanding manusia lain.”
Seorang lagi ustazah Abby?
Meskipun Dyana diuar-uarkan DAP sebagai seorang “peguam” namun namanya tidak ada pun dalam senarai badan peguam.
MAIS has presented nas-nas Al-Quran to support its dalil-dalil.
Does Dyana dare to debate with the religious authorities on the authenticity of the ayat-ayat cited in the MAIS booklet which she characterizes as discrediting and smearing the Christian faith, instigating hate, and “spreading lies and causing insecurities in the name of religion”?
It’s clear that Dyana is a Dapster puppet whose strings are being pulled to mouth evangelista platitudes and to attack UiTM, MAIS and the Muslim NGO speakers.
Does it also look like the warnings by MAIS are not misplaced?
The DAP website has been taken temporarily [?] offline.
However there is a Google cache of Dyana’s statement, screenshot below: