The flag of jihad was flown yesterday in Putrajaya when the Federal Court was delivering its ‘Allah’-Herald judgment.
But first, a quick tour around the rest of the Muslim world.
In Benghazi, it’s fighting, fighting and more fighting.
“Libya is not only a failed state, but also on the verge of a civil war.” – Op-ed by Ibrahim Sharqieh (New York Times, 23 June 2014)
Another failed state.
“The number of those in need of humanitarian aid in Yemen has reached 14.7 million Yemenis, according to the United Nations.” – Column by Farea al-Muslimi (Al-Monitor, today 24 June 2014)
“At least five killed by gunmen in Taa village near Mpeketoni, site of attacks that killed 65 last week.” – Breaking news two hours ago (Aljazeera, today 24 June 2014)
Al-Shabab, a Somali-based mujahidin group that wants to impose syariah, had claimed responsibility for the Mpeketoni attack last week. See also, ‘Al-Shabab spokesman: “Kenya is a war zone”’ (Church Times, 20 June 2014)
The world’s most failed state. Capital, Mogadishu. European Commission Factsheet: Somali refugees, almost one million. Somalis in crisis/emergency situation, 857 000. Acutely malnourished children, 1 out of 7. Infant mortality, 1 out of 10.
Humanitarian organisations fear a looming food crisis will cause Somalis to again starve to death. The last Somalian famine in 2011 killed more than a quarter of a million people. (Reuters, 23 June 2014)
ABOVE: Tweet by Dapster Khairy, retweeted by his press secretary Regina ‘Scissorati’ Lee alleging “Boko Haram and Isma occupy the same ideological spectrum”
“Pre-failed state”, Christian south broke away from the Muslim north and became a new, independent country in July 2011. “With war, famine, disease, and death consuming the country, South Sudan is nearing its breaking point.”
“People are now so divided and so determined to destroy each other, the brutality of the violence has been so extreme.” (Business Insider, 23 June 2014)
Central African Republic
‘Militia kills 18 Muslims’. “The attack comes just two weeks after fighting between Christian militias and Muslim gunmen based in the area killed 21.” – News 18 hours ago (TIME magazine, 23 June 2014)
Organized, systematic violence against civilians in the Ouaka region saw villagers being burned to death in their houses – Press statement (Medicins Sans Frontieres, 16 June 2014)
Government of Malaysia press statement yesterday
DAP’s evangelista YBs
Three DAP Aduns had previously mooted the idea of amending the Selangor Enactment 1988. They are Yeo Bee Yin, (Damansara Utama, PJ Utara), Lau Weng San (Kampung Tunku, PJ Utara) and Rajiv Rishyakaran (Bukit Gasing, PJ Selatan).
Yeo Bee Yin has released a press statement on the Allah issue. She said, “Congrats to Allah’s soldiers“.
Adun Damansara Utama: “Congrats! You have won your holy war. Go celebrate”
Yeo Bee Yin told the Muslim NGOs:
“This must be a happy time for those of you who think you have won a war for Allah.
“First of all, I would like to congratulate Perkasa and other NGOs who have screamed, shouted, and threatened Malaysians who disagreed that Allah should be exclusive to Muslims. Congratulations! You have won your holy war. Go celebrate.
“Second, I would like to congratulate the four judges who dismissed the Catholic church’s application for leave to appeal against a decision upholding the government ban against its use of ‘Allah’ as a reference to God. If you made this judgement to protect your own religion, congratulations for sacrificing your professionalism.
“Third, I would like to congratulate the Home Ministry, for it was you that filed an appeal against the High Court ruling that the Herald can call on Allah.
“Fourth, I would like to congratulate Umno, for you have been successful in engineering the war over Allah to distract Malaysian Muslims from the rising cost of living, your corrupt practices and your inability to govern and lead. Oh, Umno, you are such a political genius.
“Fifth, I would like to congratulate the Christians in Sabah and Sarawak, for you can now see the true colours of the organisation that you’ve so enthusiastically supported for the past 50 over years.
“As for me, call me whatever, catch me if you like, charge me if you can, I will continue to believe and stand on the principle that everyone in this country is given by the Federal Constitution the liberty to practise his or her own religion and to express himself or herself. By the principle of natural justice and liberty, Allah should never be exclusive to any particular group of people.
“To my fellow Malaysians who are Bahasa Malaysia speaking Christians, remember this: They may take ‘Allah’ away from the Herald, but they can never take God away from your heart. Be strong and courageous, continue to love and pray for them who persecute you for they know not what they are doing.
“God bless Malaysia.”
Yeo Bee Yin is Adun for Damansara Utama — the location of the infamous DUMC
BELOW: DAP going all out in agitating the Sabah and Sarawak Christians
Buried by “Allah’s soldiers”
TMI claims “The 10-point resolution is dead and buried by Jais, Mais, Perkasa, Isma and the protector of all these groups, Umno”.
But it is not the evangelistas who lack confidence in Najib Razak. The Muslims surely can’t be placing too much confidence in the PM either now, given how his overtures to the Christians have been met with nothing but belligerence.
Click 2x to read TMI editorial blaming Jais, Mais, Perkasa, Isma & Umno
Some advice from Dr Mahathir Mohamad last week:
- “in new democracies, the Opposition simply opposes”
- “The objective of the Opposition is to bring down the Government and to take over.”
- “They are not really interested in issues … These issues are good only for blackening the governing party so as to bring it down.”
- “It is a mistake for the Government to accede to or meet the demands of the Opposition.” [Bowing down will not bring the gomen any support from either the oppo or their fanatical supporters.]
- “They will either belittle the Government’s decision or they will come up with new issues.” [The attacks against the gomen will still continue without stop.]
- “The Government has gained nothing and has lost a lot due from trying to please the Opposition. Has the Government learnt the lesson?”
No. Clearly not.
Dr M also said gomen supporters feel betrayed and angry with the gomen (read: Najib) which they regard as weak for bowing again and again to the opposition’s outrageous demands … True.
Dr M predicts that gomen supporters will withdraw their support from the BN if the administration (read: Najib) fails to learn its lesson.