PETALING JAYA – MCA fears that the remarks by Pahang Mufti Datuk Seri Dr Abdul Rahman Osman in declaring certain groups as kafir harbi (non-believers who can be slain) could influence Islamic State (IS) symphatisers to carry out deadly attacks in the country.
Its publicity bureau chairman Datuk Chai Kim Sen (pix) said the muftiâ€™s comments could spark a civil war and endanger those who oppose PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awangâ€™s proposed Syariah Court amendments.
â€œHolding a revered office, the Pahang Mufti should be responsible and speak wisely to his audiences, as his words can be influential to wayward Malaysians who believe that launching full scale assaults and anarchy against opponents of Hadiâ€™s private memberâ€™s bill is to abide by the Pahang Muftiâ€™s call to slay those deemed not abiding with Islamic principles,â€ Chai said in a statement, Saturday.
Chai said the expansion of Abu Sayyafâ€™s network in the region and ISâ€™ recent call for open attacks in the region made Dr Abdul Rahmanâ€™s remarks all the more dangerous as it would embolden â€œterrorist wannabesâ€ to launch attacks and kidnappings against non-Muslims.
â€œFurthermore, the use of â€œkafir harbiâ€ is not appropriate as we are all Malaysian citizens of the same country, and to call for open assault against â€œkafir harbiâ€ is to start a civil war against fellow citizens,â€ he said.
He said Dr Abdul Rahman should instead call on Malaysians to support Bukit Amanâ€™s efforts to overcome local terrorism threats.
â€œThe Pahang Mufti must rethink and rescind his words,â€ added Chai, also MCA deputy national organising secretary.
Dr Abdul Rahman was recently quoted in a Malay daily as saying parties like DAP were considered â€˜kafir harbiâ€™ as they were against the implementation of Islamic laws.
The term refers to non-Muslims who have waged war against Islam and such, killing them is justified. – The Star Online