Friday, June 6, 2014

Bride Snatching in Shah Alam

On Sunday, the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) trespassed a Hindu temple in Shah Alam, Selangor to interrupt a wedding and seized the bride, 32-year-old Zarinah Abdul Majid. It seems that they were acting on reports that she could be a Muslim.

Here is the picture of the said bride. If you are not infected by the Malaysian disease called stupidity, you will of course know that she is obviously a very Hindu bride. Image credit:

In fact, her MyKad did confirm that she is a Muslim but Zarinah had claimed she is a practising Hindu. Her estranged father had converted to Islam when she and her siblings were children and he had registered them as Muslims 25 years ago. She said she had applied to change her religion in her MyKad but the application was rejected as she did not have supporting documents from her father.
We get distressed, disturbed and distraught. It is convenient to blame Jais and rightly so.

But Jais had acted under Selangor’s Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988, which outlines offences deemed as acts of proselytization by non-Muslims towards Muslims, and grants Jais the power to launch investigations and arrest individuals without a warrant. All because Zarinah’s MyKad labels her a Muslim. And heaven forbid, she is about to marry a Hindu!
The point is, we have a bad law. A very bad law.
Still the manner in which Jais went about safeguarding Islam only gives the religion a bad name. Jais have become a law unto themselves and they are ready to trample on other people’s rights in the name of Islam.

Congrats, Jais! Your list of achievements are getting longer. Malaysians are already too familiar with child snatching. Body snatching. Bible snatching. And now, bride snatching. 
Only in Malaysia do we have people and institutions that proudly promote stupidity.
On Wednesday, I was at KL’s Jalan Bukit Bintang – Federal Hotel to be precise – to attend the ITC Bintang Toastmasters meeting. I was there to take on the role of General Evaluator and there were as expected, good speeches and evaluations. The only wee complaint that I had was that the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening was too serious for his own good. Otherwise, it was a great meeting. I would give it a score of a 7.5 over 10.

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