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by florence a. samy
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad - file pix
GOMBAK: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has chided the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) for entering a Hindu temple to stop a wedding, stating that Jais should go back to the Quran to seek guidance.
Dr Mahathir said Jais needed to refer to the Quran to find out how to handle such situations instead of following the interpretations of some.
"This comes from not adhering to the teachings of the Quran. When they follow the teachings of somebody and not the Quran, this is what happens.
"I would suggest they go back to the Quran and find out the way to treat such a situation. (With) this, they are following their own interpretation.
"They can investigate, but do not stop people from getting married," he said after presenting a talk at the International Islamic University Malaysia President's Premier Lecture here on Wednesday.
On whether new boundaries were being crossed given Jais' past and present actions, Dr Mahathir responded that Islam was being politicised in this day and age.
"Today, Islam is being politicised and people want to show they are very Islamic.
"And if you say that what they do is not Islamic, then you are considered as having forsaken Islam, and that makes people being afraid of making comments, including me. I also dare not make comments," he quipped.
The 32-year-old woman and her siblings were unknowingly converted as a child by her father who embraced Islam, it was reported.
She claimed her father had converted them without the family's knowledge, kept the documents and has not been in touch since her parents divorced 25 years ago.
The woman, who is a practising Hindu, had previously tried to change her name and religion twice, but failed.
Jais later claimed they did not raid the temple, but were investigating the bride following a complaint.
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