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Friday, 1 August 2014

Mounting calls for action against PAS religious teacher

PETALING JAYA: MCA deputy secretary-general Datuk Wee Jeck Seng has called for action to be taken against PAS religious teacher Shahul Hamid for his insulting remarks on Hinduism.

“The remarks of Shahul Hamid are insensitive and insult the Hindu religion. The call for Muslims to boycott ‘Hindu’ products is uncalled for. His words are in violation of the Constitution. Police and the authorities should be more vigorous in monitoring religious sermons as they can be easily misused to create animosity against other faiths and cultures,” he said in a statement.

Wee pointed out that Shahul Hamid was a religious figure and should show understanding and respect for other religions.

He said although Shahul Hamid had claimed that he was speaking in a closed-door meeting, he had instilled hatred and racism and had violated Section 4(a) of the Sedition Act.

MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said in Malaysia, everybody respected each other’s faith and Shahul Hamid should not have criticised or insulted the Hindu faith and Hindus.

“It is important to note that in Malaysia, Muslims, Buddhists, Christians and Hindus respect (each) other’s religions. In this regard, how can he insult Hindus and the Hindu religion?” he asked in a statement.

Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong supported Wee in urging for swift action against Shahul Hamid.

“This is not a religious issue but a public offence deemed unlawful and Shahul should be charged for incitement and promoting ill-will among religions,” he said.

MIC Youth secretary Arvind Krishnan said they would not accept Shahul Hamid’s apology and were firm in wanting action to be taken.

“If everyone does the same and apologises, there will be no end to it,” he said, adding that they wanted the action to be a deterrent to others.

Arvind said the MIC Youth legal bureau would consider taking legal action against Shahul Hamid.

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