Wednesday, June 29, 2016

DAP Branded as Kafir Harbi

Last week Malay daily Utusan Malaysia reported that Pahang mufti Abdul Rahman Osman (left) had labelled the DAP as a “kafir harbi”, pronouncing the party as being anti-Islam. Therefore, it would be a “great sin” for Muslims to support the party.

The term “kafir harbi” was used by Muslims in the past to describe non-believers who go against Allah and Prophet Muhammad and they can be put to the sword.

It's funny that he singled out only the DAP. He chose to conveniently omit mentioning MCA, Gerakan, MIC and other political parties from East Malaysia that are similarly opposed to ‘hudud’.

On Monday, independent Muslim preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin lodged a police report against Abdul Rahman over the latter’s incendiary remark targeting DAP. He explained that the statement was dangerous as it was no different from the propaganda spread by terrorist group Islamic State.

We live in a multi-religious country and the Pahang mufti’s statement was objectionable, offensive and odious.

And yet the government choose to keep mum. The police, of course must act on this immediately – but will they do it? I'm sorry if I sound cynical.

On Tuesday, I was on the twenty-first floor of the Bankers Club in Amoda Building in KL’s Jalan Imbi where I attended the TMIKL Toastmasters meeting.


An engaging Toastmaster-of-the-Evening who else but Lim Yi Kang ensured the meeting was overflowing with enthusiasm and energy.

I delivered a speech from the ‘Storytelling’ manual titled “Don Quixote” – and portraying myself as the Malaysian version of Cervantes’ character. And I was voted Best Speaker. Nice!

Another Toastmaster who impressed me was Ong Mei Lin. She was the speech evaluator for a CC#10 and wow, she was brilliant.

This was a Toastmasters meeting that was both enlightening and enjoyable! The sort of meeting that makes me want to go to TMIKL meetings again!

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