Negara Palestin Diikhtiraf UNESCO

Dari The Edge Malaysia

1 November 2011

UNESCO grants Palestinians full membership

PARIS (Oct 31): The United Nations’ cultural agency granted the Palestinians full membership on Monday, a step forward in their long-running efforts to achieve recognition before the world as an independent state.

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) became the first U.N. agency to welcome the Palestinians as a full member since President Mahmoud Abbas applied for full membership of the United Nations on September 23.

A huge cheer erupted in UNESCO’s General Assembly after the vote, which marks a symbolic victory for Palestinians in the complex diplomacy that surrounds their collective status and relations with foreign powers.

“Today’s victory at UNESCO is the beginning of a road that is difficult, but will lead to the freedom of our land and people from occupation,” Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said. “Palestine has the right to a place on the map.”

Israel called the vote a “tragedy” and the decision damaged relations between UNESCO and the United States, an ally of Israel that provides about 22 percent of the body’s funding, or some $70 million.

Legislation stipulates that the U.S. can cut off funding to any United Nations agency that accepts Palestinians as a member.

The White House said the vote was “premature” and would not aid peace and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said UNESCO would suffer.

“Today’s vote to grant Palestinian membership in UNESCO is no substitute for direct negotiations, but it is deeply damaging to UNESCO,” said Ambassador Susan Rice.

UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova, who previously pleaded for Washington not to withdraw support, told delegates funding may be jeopardized.

“I believe it is the responsibility of all of us to make sure that UNESCO does not suffer unduly… We need each and every member of this organization to be fully engaged,” she added.

FRENCH ABOUT-FACE

The Palestinians got backing from two thirds of UNESCO’s members to become its 195th member. Of 173 countries that voted from a possible 185, 107 voted in favor, 14 voted against, 52 abstained and 12 were absent. Abstentions did not count toward the final tally.

The Palestinians went to UNESCO after making a bid for recognition of the over-arching United Nations system in September before the U.N. Security Council, which has moved the issue to a committee where it is likely to run into a veto from the United States.

“This vote is not directed against anyone, but represents support for freedom and justice,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement to the official news agency WAFA.

“This vote is for the sake of peace and represents international consensus on support for the legitimate Palestinian national rights of our people, the foremost of which is the establishment of its independent state.”

But the breakdown of the vote reflected deep divergences in international views on Palestinian statehood.

The United States, Canada, Germany and Holland voted against Palestinian membership. Brazil, Russia, China, India, South Africa and France voted in favor. Britain and Italy abstained.

For the European Union, which has stumbled in recent efforts to develop a common foreign policy, the UNESCO vote highlighted persistent rifts with some member states voting for and some against Palestinian membership.

Austrian UNESCO ambassador Ursula Plassnik, whose country voted in favor, said she regretted that the EU had failed to arrive at a common position on Palestinian membership.

France, which previously abstained from a vote on the subject of Palestinian membership in UNESCO, broke with precedent to vote in favor on Monday.

“Since it has been raised today, we must assume our responsibilities and respond to the substance of the issue … On the substance, France says “yes”- Palestine has the right to become a member of UNESCO,” said Hubert de Canson, France’s representative at UNESCO.

Israel has said the Palestinian bid would amount to politicization of UNESCO that would undermine its ability to carry out its mandate. It said on Monday it would reconsider its cooperation with the agency.

“We regret that the organization of science has opted to adopt a resolution which is a resolution of science fiction,” said Nimrod Barkan, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, who called the move a tragedy for the agency. “There is no Palestinian state and therefore one should not have been admitted today.”

The Israeli foreign ministry said the vote placed unnecessary obstacles on the road to renewing negotiations.

“This is a unilateral Palestinian maneuver which will bring no change on the ground but further removes the possibility for a peace agreement,” it said in a statement. – Reuters

—The Edge Malaysia

Chua Soi Lek Diingat Jangan Bermain Isu Perkauman – PAS

Kenyataan Media

31 Oktober 2011

Tuan Ibrahim: PAS kecam Soi Lek Cetus Polemik Agama‏

PAS mengecam tindakan melampau Presiden MCA, Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek yang akhir-akhir ini banyak menceroboh dasar-dasar Islam dalam komentarnya yang melampaui batas susila bermasyarakat yang menjamin kebebasan beragama dan saling menghormati antara agama.

Sikap hormat terhadap agama lain untuk mempraktik ajaran masing-masing tidak pernah dibantah oleh umat Islam dan inilah intipati kepada teras perpaduan negara. Namun PAS kesal sikap campurtangan melampau beliau akan mencetuskan polemik dan sikap benci-membenci dan mencurigai antara agama.

PAS menyangkal keras kenyataan bahawa dengan pelaksanaan hukum hudud menyebabkan pelabur tidak akan datang dan menakutkan masyarakat bukan Islam. Sedangkan Arab Saudi yang melaksanakan sistem perundangan Islam menjadi rakan pelabur utama China dan negara Barat.

Para pelabur sangat mengharapkan satu jaminan keselamatan terhadap pelaburan mereka dan ini dibuktikan dengan kejayaan pelaburan mereka di negara yang melaksanakan syariat Islam.

Apa yang mendukacitakan ialah kebimbangan beliau kepada pelaksanaan hukum Islam yang hanya akan dikenakan kepada umat Islam sahaja; yang bertujuan menyelamatkan masyarakat dan negara dari kejahatan penjenayah samada terhadap harta atau nyawa dan keselamatan masyarakat.

Kejahilan akibat berkawan dengan Umno menyebabkan beliau yang gagal menyelesaikan masalah dalaman MCA, kini cuba menyembunyikan kelemahan pentadbirannya dan menarik sokongan masyarakat Cina dengan menyerang hukum Islam.

Tindakan bacul ini akan hanya menambah kebencian masyarakat pelbagai kaum di negara ini terhadap MCA, sebab sebahagian rakyat sudah tidak terkejut kerana umum mengetahui ia datang daripada seseorang yang mempunyai latar belakang yang tidak melayakkan seseorang menjadi pemimpin berwibawa.

Lebih malang kini, Umno yang menjadi tulang belakang BN bersikap diam membisu terhadap beberapa kritikan melampau parti-parti dalam komponan BN terhadap ajaran Islam. Sikap lepas tangan Perdana Menteri dan para pemimpin Umno mengambarkan Umno hanya berminat menjaja isu agama sebagai modal politik daripada menjamin sikap hak beragama dilaksanakan.

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Taksub dan Fanatik

Dari Malaysiakini

Oleh Ahmad Farouk Musa

24 Oktober 2011

Of Muslim bigots and Malay zealots

After much hype, the Himpun gathering at Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday was a non-event. The dismal attendance of roughly 5,000 hankering souls was a total letdown from the expected one million.

Despite the claim that Himpun was a success by the organisers, it was clear that it was more of a self-reassurance. Himpun failed miserably in their effort to instigate thinking Muslims into supporting their crusade.

Their assertion that it was an awareness campaign was very difficult to swallow. The mainstream media, especially Utusan Malaysia, had been harping on this issue for weeks. It must have been a real disappointment that despite the good weather, the incessant stimulation had failed to result in the expected turnout.

Slogans

One of the more conspicuous banners during the event reads: ‘Melayu Sepakat, Islam Berdaulat’ (‘When Malays unite, Islam becomes sovereign’).

For many Islamic workers, this slogan does not sound unfamiliar. It belongs to an Islamic movement that claims to be the “true” representative of ‘al-Ikhwan al-Muslimoon’ – the Muslim Brotherhood; Isma or Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia.

One is left to wonder whether their unabating claim of being the only movement that truly follows the methodology of da’wah (propogation) of the Muslim Brotherhood is truly well-founded. It may not be presumptuous for anyone who reads articles on their website to make a conclusion of how bigoted they are.

Speakers

As expected, a former leader of Abim – the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia, Yusri Mohamad, was the first speaker during the gathering. This is not surprising since he was the “war general” during the Lina Joy issue and is currently the president of Pembela – a loose coalition of Muslim organisations in defence of Islam.

Yusri claimed that there is no greater infringement of human rights other than apostasy.

Most notable among the subsequent speakers were the Perak Mufti, Harussani Zakaria, and Himpun co-chairperson Azmi Abdul Hamid.

Harussani claimed that the Malays are the most special race in the world as all Malays are “bound to Islam in the constitution”.

Meanwhile, Azmi defended the right of Himpun to hold a gathering. It was a democratic right enshrined in the constitution, he said.

He also read out the 10 Himpun resolutions that include demands for an Anti-Apostasy and Proselytisation Act. And this will be the main focus of our discussion.

Anti-Apostasy and Proselytisation Act

We have seen so far the collusion between the Islamist camps and the nationalists in promoting their main agenda in defending the faith.

Both camps agreed on one fundamental issue that faith is an issue that falls under the domain of the state. Hence their call for the state to intervene by enacting an Act that would prevent Muslims from leaving the faith and non-Muslims from propagating their faith among Muslims.

It is inexplicable that a great religion such as Islam requires such an Act to protect its believers from abandoning it.

A religion that has survived throughout all the different ages from its inception suddenly needs a protective Act to ensure its survival? Has Islam, a religion that always speaks to reason, turned to become authoritarian in nature? Has it become so outdated that it is unable to face the challenges of modernity that knows no boundary that it requires such an Act to protect it? Why do Muslims have to live in this siege mentality, a defensive and paranoid attitude that others are hostile towards them?

Freedom of Conscience

One of the most celebrated features about Islam is that it honours freedom of conscience. And the most oft-quoted verse is: “There shall not be any coercion in matters of faith” [2:256]

This verse is one of the many other verses that affirm the principle of free choice in matter of personal belief.

Many quarters among the adherents of the faith, scholars not excluded; have an interpretation that the verse only means that non-believers should not be coerced into the religion. However once the faith is professed, there is no way out.

Similarly a person, who is born a Muslim, must profess the faith, despite it being contrary to the entire percept of freedom of conscience.

Suffice to say that the Qur’an is replete with evidence apart from the quoted verse above that depict human as a free agent empowered to make his or her own free choice. The argument that once someone is a Muslim, then he or she must remain a Muslim forever is nothing but a fallacy.

Such an argument does not render the true message of freedom of belief. Since Islam etymologically means to attain inner peace through willing and voluntary submission to God, it becomes inconceivable in attaining that peace if someone is coerced to become a Muslim or to remain so against his free will.

Such an argument no matter under what excuse and justification is inconsistent with the main tenet of the Qur’an. It is against the incontrovertible verses in the Qur’an that upholds freedom of conscience that is above all an inner feeling of acceptance and conviction.

State interference

Another main evidence that is often cited as a basis for state interference in matters of faith is the act of Abu Bakr, the first caliph after the Prophet in waging war against Musailamah ‘al-Kazzab’, (‘Musailamah The Liar’) who claimed prophethood after the death of the Prophet.

The defenders of faith believed that this is indisputable evidence that the state has the authority to intervene when it involves believers leaving the faith.

As said before, faith is a personal conviction. The state has no authority to interfere in one’s choice of faith. One is answerable to God for the decision he or she makes in her life.

One can never find a single verse in the Qur’an that forbids a person to embrace or leave a faith he or she does not believe in. A state has a responsibility to monitor any forces that might seek to deny people of their freedom of belief, either embracing or leaving the religion.

The state can only interfere if an act of apostasy is associated with evidence of treason and sedition, since they are state matters.

Hence the action of Abu Bakr, the first caliph, was made in his capacity as a leader of a state who views the act of apostasy as an act of treason and aggression against the state. In Islamic terminology, this is known as ‘siyasah syar’iyyah’ – syari’ah-based political decisions – and implies that decisions and policies can be taken by a leader on matters for which no specific ruling could be found in the syari’ah.

Siyasah syar’iyyah is tantamount to acting on maslahah, or public interest, which the lawgiver has neither upheld nor over-ruled.

Rachid Ghanoushi, a Tunisian Islamist, founder and former exiled leader of Hizb an-Nahdah – the Renaissance Party – held the opinion that ‘riddah’ – turning away from religion, or apostasy – which was the first challenge faced by Abu Bakr, was more of a military insurrection than an act of apostasy from religion.

Meaning to say that Ghannoushi viewed ‘riddah’ as an act of treason and aggression towards the state and not simply an act of apostasy or turning away from religion.

Community of hypocrites

As a concluding remark, it is pertinent to emphasise that freedom of belief operates as a safeguard against any sort of oppression from a superior source of power.

The much-touted Anti-Apostasy and Proselytisation Act is not only against the spirit of the Qur’an in ensuring freedom of conscience and freedom of belief, but instead promotes the emergence of a community of hypocrites or ‘munafiqeen’.

This is the ultimate outcome when a state started enforcing its power in preventing Muslims from leaving the faith they do not believe in any more.

Name it ‘amar ma’ruf nahi munkar’ – enjoining good, forbidding evil – or whatever Islamic concepts, the only effect is that it will only depict Islam as an intolerant religion that weighs on power and authority instead of a religion that speaks to reason.

・AHMAD FAROUK MUSA was trained as a cardiothoracic surgeon. He is an academic at Monash University and chairman of the Islamic Renaissance Front, an intellectual movement that focuses on youth empowerment.

—MalaysiaKini

Hudud: The dissenting voices

Dari goodtimes.my

Oleh Yam Phui Yee

24 Oktober 2011.

Hudud: The dissenting voices

In the current debate on Hudud – the Islamic Penal Law — Universiti Teknologi Malaysia law professor Prof Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi has come out with the boldest statement so far on the topic.

He said that the Federal Constitution was the biggest obstacle to enforcing Hudud because the state government had no power to act upon or make laws pertaining to crime, which was under the Federal List. In addition, the police, prisons and rehabilitation centres were also under the federal government’s jurisdiction.

The state Syariah courts may only decide on Islamic criminal matters not dealt with under federal law, such as khalwat (close proximity between persons of opposite sex who are not married or relatives), zina (illicit sex), not fasting during Ramadan and missing Friday prayers.

Even so, Schedule 9, List II, Paragraph 1 of the Federal Constitution and the Syariah Courts (Judicial Criminal) Act 1965 limit the penalties that Syariah courts can impose.

“The limit is three years jail, RM5,000 fine and six lashes. Any penalty other than these is unconstitutional. So you can’t impose the death penalty,” said Shad.

As the Syariah is only applicable to Muslims, and Hudud comes under it, Shad disagrees with having two different sets of criminal laws as it would create difficulties in prosecutions and cause dissatisfactions to those close to the accused.

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Anwar: Apa kaitan HIMPUN, petani miskin, anak menteri?

Dari Malaysiakini

24 Oktober 2011

Anwar: Apa kaitan HIMPUN, petani miskin, anak menteri?

Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mendedahkan bagaimana wang RM250 juta yang diperuntukan untuk menolong peladang, petani dan nelayan telah disalurkan kepada anak seorang menteri.

NONEKatanya, anak lelaki menteri yang berusia 21 tahun itu langsung tidak mempunyai sebarang rekod ataupun pengalaman dalam bidang pertanian.

“Dasar pelaksanaannya RM250 juta diberi kepada anak seorang menteri, umurnya 21 tahun. Tidak adapa apa rekod apa-apa sekalipun. Patut diberikan keseluruhan (dana itu) kepada petani dan nelayan miskin. Sampai hari ini belum ada jawapan,” katanya pada satu sessi dialog bersama graduan muda di Petaling Jaya, semalam.

Menurut Anwar, perkara itu telah dibawa oleh Pakatan Rakyat ke Dewan Rakyat tetapi hingga sekarang, masih tiada penjelasan daripada kerajaan BN.

NONEPada Bajet 2012, Najib telah mengumumkan peruntukan dana RM1.2 bilion bagi Tabung Pertanian yang bertujuan membantu peladang, petani dan nelayan di negara ini.

Anwar berkata pada dasarnya, perancangan kerajaan itu nampaknya murni tetapi ia sebenarnya diselubungi pelbagai penyelewengan bagi kepentingan politik BN, khususnya Umno.

Sudah salah

“Bolehkah kita terima ini. Secara moral ini sudah salah dan kalau ikut peraturannya sudah (jelas) ini amalan rasuah atau pecah amanah (CBT). Di Malaysia tidak ada jawapan (diberikan). Katalah banyak manapun, tidak akan dilaporkan di media arus perdana,” kata Anwar.

china chinese farmer farming 061008 02Ketua umum PKR itu juga membidas tindakan kerajaan berhubung sebuah agensi yang sepatutnya menolong petani dan nelayan miskin akhirnya dijadikan alat untuk meraih keuntungan beberapa individu.

“Lembaga Padi dan Beras Negara (LPN) diswastakan (menjadi Bernas). Kaut untung besar, daripada siapa, penanam padi. Siapa penanam padi? 95 peratus orang Melayu miskin,” katanya.

Menurut beliau, selepas keuntungan besar, syarikat itu kemudiannya dijual kepada seorang tokoh korporat yang rapat dengan Umno dengan beberapa individu tertentu meraihRM30 juta hingga RM40 juta setiap seorang daripada hasil penat lelah petani dan nelayan.

riceBernas diberi tempoh pengedaran beras selama 10 tahun hingga tahun 2021.

Menurut Anwar, berdepan dengan masalah dan juga kesilapan yang dilakukan oleh pimpinan Melayu Umno sendiri, pentadbiran Najib cuba meletakkan kesalahan di pihak lain.

“Sekarang ini oleh kerana dikatakan orang Cina ini banyak menyokong Pakatan Rakyat, India ini sekarang adalah berubah-ubah sikit, tumpuan adalah (masyarakat) Melayu.

“(Jadi kata mereka) kita perhimpunkan Melayu kerana ancaman Kristian. Kerana Umno sahaja akan menyelamat Melayu, kalau tidak (kerana) Umno habislah Melayu di negara ini, habislah biasisawa untuk anak-anak Melayu, habislah saham-saham Melayu, kata mereka,” kata Anwar dalam nada menyindir.

Orang miskin

Beliau dipercayai merujuk Himpunan Sejuta Umat (HIMPUN) yang bertujuan mempertahankan akidah umat Islam yang berlangsung Sabtu lalu.

himpun rally hasan ali speaking 2Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak juga semalam memuji penganjur semalam yang dikatakan merupakan contoh penganjuran perhimpunan secara aman seperti yang dihasratkan kerajaan.

Katanya, perhimpunan anti murtad itu cukup berbeza dengan BERSIH 2.0 yang menuntut pembaharuan dalam sistem pilihan raya di negara ini pada 9 Julai sehingga lebih seribu perserta ditangkap dan dikenakan pelbagai dakwaan.

Bagi Anwar, tindakan itu hanya bertujuan melalaikan orang Melayu daripada ancaman sebenar yang dihadapi negara hari ini.

“Tapi kita tengok dasar. Yang Melayu apa, baru laksana, suku bilion (diberikan) kepada anak menteri. Baki belum tentu dapat pada orang miskin,” katanya lagi.

—Malaysiakini

477 Tahanan Palestin Dibebaskan

Dari Malaysia Harmoni

19 OKTOBER 2011

477 tahanan Palestin dibebaskan

Daripada jumlah tahanan yang dibebaskan, majoriti berasal dari Gaza. 315 tahanan dijatuhi hukuman penjara seumur hidup. Pembebasan itu adalah gelombang pertama, yang pada tempoh tiga bulan berikutnya, lebih 900 lagi warga Palestin akan dibebaskan.

bebasSementara itu, seramai 1027 tahanan Palestin akan ditukar dengan pembebasan tentera Zionis, Gilad Shalit yang ditawan oleh Hamas sejak 2006.

Lebih seribu wakil media dari pelbagai agensi berkumpul di pusat pemeriksaan penjara Ofer berdekatan Ramallah, dengan harapan dapat menyambut para tahanan yang dibebaskan, namun mereka kecewa kerana tentera Zionis mengubah semula jadual pembebasan.

Harian Israel melaporkan bahawa tempat ketibaan tahanan berubah menjadi huru-hara apabila terdapat segelintir orang membakar tayar di depan penjara Ofer.

Dalam pada itu, sejumlah kenderaan tentera dan polis tiba dengan tentera Zionis berkumpul agak jauh dari pusat pemeriksaan. Ketika tentera mengatakan bahawa tahanan tidak akan tiba, kumpulan pemuda mula membaling batu ke arah pasukan Israel yang membalasnya dengan tembakan gas pemedih mata dan peluru getah. Dilaporkan bahawa seorang tertembak di kepalanya dengan peluru getah.

Sementara itu, di Mu’qata, Ramallah, para tahanan sampai dan bertemu dengan beribu-ribu orang yang berasak-asak menanti ketibaan mereka. Sebahagian daripada yang hadir itu adalah mereka yang ingin menyambut ahli keluarga dan rakan-rakan yang bebas dari penjara manakala yang lain datang untuk menunjukkan sokongan.

“Ini adalah hari yang sangat indah untuk warga Palestin di Tebing Barat dan Gaza,” ujar Osama, seorang pegawai kerajaan Pihak Berkuasa Palestin seperti yang dilaporkan Palestine Monitor.

Osama yang tinggal di Nablus bersyukur kerana Hamas dapat mencapai kemenangan ini bagi rakyat Palestin.

“Mereka melakukan sesuatu yang sangat baik.”

Perdana Menteri Israel, Netanyahu sebelum ini bersetuju untuk membebaskan lebih daripada 1000 tahanan Muslim untuk ditukar dengan pembebasan tenteranya, Koperal Gilad Shalit. Namun masih terdapat 6,600 warga Palestin lagi yang merengkok di penjara-penjara Israel. Sebahagian daripada mereka telah ditahan selama bertahun-tahun.

307 tahanan yang dibebaskan kelmarin adalah milik Hamas, 99 Fatah, 27 Jihad Islam dan 23 Barisan Popular untuk Pembebasan Palestin. Yang selebihnya adalah dari parti-parti kecil atau yang tidak terikat dengan mana-mana kumpulan.

—Malaysia Harmoni

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PKR tidak sertai HIMPUN

Dari MalaysianInsider

19 OKTOBER 2011

PKR juga tidak sertai Himpun

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Okt — Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) juga mengambil pendirian sama dengan PAS iaitu tidak akan menyertai Himpunan Sejuta Umat (Himpun) Sabtu ini.

Ketua Umum PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim  berkata, pihaknya hanya tidak terlibat dengan perhimpunan itu namun teguh mempertahankan prinsip Islam sebagai agama rasmi Persekutuan dan segala usaha mempertahankan akidah umat Islam harus ditingkatkan.

“PKR juga mengambil sikap sama (dengan PAS dan beberapa NGO) untuk tidak menyertai perhimpunan itu.

“Dari segi kedudukan Islam, adalah menjadi keperluan kita memperkukuh akidah, untuk meningkatkan dakwah, kita tekankan itu perlu ditingkatkan,” kata Anwar dipetik Harakahdaily.

PAS dalam mesyuarat lajnah politiknya malam tadi memutuskan tidak menyertai Himpun atas dasar menghormati kehendak penganjur yang tidak mahu ia melibatkan parti-parti politik.

PAS bagaimanapun mengingatkan pihak penganjur agar tidak menimbulkan polemik perkauman dan agama yang akan membawa negara kepada satu suasana yang tidak menguntungkan mana-mana pihak.

Anwar (gambar) yang juga ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh berkata, pihaknya gusar Himpun diperalatkan mana-mana pihak tidak bertanggungjawab untuk menimbulkan suasana tegang di antara kaum.

Ketua Pembangkang itu sebaliknya menegaskan, masalah moral yang kebanyakannya berpunca daripada longgarnya akidah umat Islam harus diberi penekanan.

“Saya berpendapat isu akidah, akhlak dan dakwah umat itu tanggungjawab yang kita kena laksanakan. Yang menggalakkan judi, arak, yang kuasi syarikat besar itu tiada kaitan dengan kristianisasi… itu masalah umat.

“Masalah kepincangan sosial, rasuah berleluasa, masalah kezaliman…itu juga isu yang dekat dengan Islam. Kalau itu tidak ditangani, itu bukan cara dan pendekatan dakwah yang baik,” kata beliau.

“Lebih-lebih lagi timbul kecurigaan pelbagai pihak tentang muslihat kemungkinan ketegangan yang ditimbulkan pihak tertentu terutamanya daripada Umno,” tegas beliau.

Selain PKR dan PAS, NGO Wadah turut mengundur diri daripada menyertai Himpun.

—MalaysianInsider

“TIDAK SERTAI”-PAS kepada HIMPUN

Dari MalaysianInsider

18 Oktober 2011

Tidak libatkan parti politik, PAS tak sertai Himpunan Sejuta Umat

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Okt — PAS memutuskan untuk tidak menyertai Himpunan Sejuta Umat (Himpun) yang akan berlangsung Sabtu ini atas alasan ia tidak melibatkan parti-parti politik.

Perkara tersebut diputuskan dalam mesyuarat khas biro politik parti itu yang diadakan di sini malam tadi.

“PAS dimaklumkan bahawa majlis ini tidak melibatkan parti-parti politik, maka PAS mengambil pendirian untuk tidak terlibat dalam himpunan tersebut sebagai menghormati kehendak penganjur program,” kata Presiden Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (gambar) dalam satu kenyaatan dikeluarkan tengah malam tadi.

Serentak itu, PAS Selangor juga mengambil pendirian tidak akan menyertai perhimpunan itu yang akan berlangsung di Stadium Shah Alam, Selangor bagi membincangkan isu murtad.

Ketika dihubungi The Malaysian Insider awal pagi tadi, Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor Dr Abdul Rani Osman mengesahkan pendirian mereka.

“Sudah tentu,” kata beliau apabila ditanya sama ada ia bermakna pihaknya juga mengambil pendirian yang sama.

Dalam satu pendirian dibuat kelmarin, Dr Rani berkata PAS Selangor tidak mahu perhimpunan itu diadakan dengan niat mahu melaga-lagakan masyarakat berlainan agama.

Dalam kenyataannya, Hadi menambah, PAS memperingatkan semua pihak yang terlibat dalam penganjuran himpunan ini agar bertindak selaras dengan peruntukan undang-undang negara demi menjamin keharmonian negara yang berbilang kaum dan agama.

Tegas beliau, sebarang usaha untuk menimbulkan polemik perkauman dan agama akan membawa negara kepada satu suasana yang tidak menguntungkan mana- mana pihak.

“PAS memandang berat sebarang usaha mana-mana pihak yang cuba mengambil kesempatan untuk kepentingan politik dan pilihan raya,” kata beliau lagi.

Hadi menambah, agenda menyelamatkan akidah merupakan agenda murni tetapi ia mesti diurus dengan cara berhemah.

“PAS menyokong segala usaha memantapkan akidah oleh badan-badan NGO dan pelbagai pihak bagi memperkasakan akidah umat Islam,” kata beliau.

Hadi juga berkata, PAS mengambil pendirian bahawa pengukuhan akidah umat Islam hendaklah dilaksanakan menerusi jalan dakwah secara damai sebagaimana Islam telah diterima oleh masyarakat rantau ini secara damai.

Petang semalam, Pakatan Rakyat memutuskan bahawa ia menunggu keputusan mesyuarat PAS sebelum membuat pendirian berhubung Himpun.

Ketua Umumnya Datuk Seri Anwar berkata, mereka juga sedang mengumpul maklumat dari beberapa pihak berkenaan apa sebenarnya tujuan himpunan tersebut.

“Kita serah kepada kebijaksanaan PAS yang akan bermesyuarat malam ini (tadi). Kita sedang kumpul maklumat . . . adakah penglibatan pihak-pihak tertentu sama ada terlibat dengan Umno atau tidak,” katanya.

—-MalaysianInsider

Dari Malaysiakini

18 Oktober 2011

PAS tak akan sertai perhimpunan anti murtad

PAS memutuskan tidak akan menyertai Perhimpunan Sejuta Umat atau HIMPUN yang tujuannya bagi menyelamatkan akidah umat Islam di ibu negara pada Sabtu ini.

Keputusan itu dicapai dalam mesyuarat biro politik parti Islam itu dalam mesyuarat di ibu pejabatnya di Kuala Lumpur pada Selasa malam.

hadi awang and mustafa ali pas pc”PAS dimaklumkan bahawa majlis ini tidak melibatkan parti-parti politik, maka PAS mengambil pendirian untuk tidak terlibat dalam himpunan tersebut sebagai menghormati kehendak penganjur program,” kata Presiden Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (kiri).

Penganjur acara itu pada Selasa memberi jaminan HIMPUN tidak mempunyai kaitan politik ataupun akan digunakan bagi menyerang mana-mana kumpulan.

Secara khusus, pengerusi bersama himpunan itu Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid berkata, ia tiada kaitan dengan beberapa ahli politik kontroversi – Datuk Zulkifli Noordin, Ezam Mohd Noor dan Datuk Ibrahim Ali.

Dalam kenyataan yang dikeluarkan sejurus selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat itu, Hadi berkata, PAS memperingatkan pihak yang terlibat bertindak selaras dengan peruntukan undang-undang dalam menjamin keharmonian negara yang berbilang bangsa dan agama.

NONE”Sebarang usaha untuk menimbulkan polemik perkauman dan agama akan membawa negara kepada satu suasana yang tidak menguntungkan mana-mana pihak,” katanya lagi.

Dalam masa yang sama, katanya, PAS memandang berat usaha mana-mana pihak yang cuba mengambil kesempatan untuk kepentingan politik dan pilihan raya.

“Agenda menyelamatkan akidah merupakan agenda murni tetapi ia mesti diurus dengan cara berhemah,” kata Hadi.

Beliau juga menegaskan PAS menyokong segala usaha sebegitu tetapi berpendirian bahawa pengukuhan akidah hendaklah dilaksanakan “menerusi jalan dakwah secara damai”.

Ia sebagaimana Islam diterima masyarakat rantau ini secara damai, tambahnya.

—Malaysiakini

Kenyataan IRF Mengenai HIMPUN

Dari Malaysiakini

18 Oktober 2011

Himpun NGOs bent on playing blame game

On October 22, several hundred members from over a dozen NGOs will gather in Shah Alam for Himpunan Sejuta Umat (henceforth HIMPUN). The gathering is supposedly defensive: it aims to protect the aqidah (creed) of Malaysian Muslims from the supposedly growing problem of apostasy, namely to Christianity.

Additionally, it also seeks to stress the centrality of Islam in the Malaysian constitution while reiterating the importance of Muslim unity and the crucial role of the royal families as the protector of Islam and the Malay race in Malaysia.

It is curious that very little information is given to support those concerns. We are not told how many apostates there are, or which church or churches are the ones actively seeking to convert Muslims, or if Christians are the only non-Muslims who are most actively evangelizing. Much of the fervor seems to be founded on hunches and guesses.

In this there are two outstanding questions that should occur to any sincere and concerned Muslim. If it is true that apostasy is as serious a problem as it is claimed, then we must ask, what is it about Muslim culture and education in Malaysia that is compelling many Muslims to leave the faith? In addition, what can Malaysian Muslims do as a community to reform that culture to further enlighten, rather than alienate, its own members?

To ignore these questions, and to react in such frenzy and haste, is to neglect the responsibility of introspection that Islam demands from Muslims. In our eagerness to blame others, we are forgetting our own possible shortcomings in the very problems we are aiming to address.

It is also problematic that there has yet to be any constructive conversation with organisations and members of other faiths about this problem. The prevalent message from HIMPUN is that this problem can be addressed only by Muslims, for Muslims; despite the fact that Malaysia is a multiracial and multi-religious country whereby peace and harmony depends on a genuine and amicable understanding amongst the races.

As a Muslim organisation committed to democracy, freedom and justice, the Islamic Renaissance Front regards the freedom of conscience and belief as central Islamic values. Freedom, that is the capacity to explore our options, is the core of faith and ethics. No action from any individual can be regarded as right or wrong unless the individual has the free will to choose that act in the first place.

Hence we cannot lay blame on someone for something he or she did not willfully choose to do. The notion of responsibility is only meaningful and valuable upon the assumption that the person was free to accept it. This is the insight that is embedded in the often-cited claim that there shall be no coercion in matters of faith [refer al- Qur’an 2:256].

The Islamic Renaissance Front also recognizes that article 11 of the federal constitution ensures that every Malaysian has the right to profess and practice his or her religion of choice. However there is a jurisdiction granted by Article 11(4) of the federal constitution to permit the state to control or restrict the propagation of religion among people professing to be Muslims. More importantly, this must be read in the context of the article itself that fundamentally provides for every person the freedom to profess, practice and propagate his religion.

While Selangor may have an enactment that involves control of propagation amongst Muslims, which was enacted in 1988, this enactment requires serious reviews considering that we’re in a new age where human rights, freedom of conscience and freedom of religion are considered as fundamental issues of liberty.

Such an enactment was not cast in stone hence it ican be debated. The review of such enactments is pertinent in a developing society that aspires to respect individual freedom and fundamentals of liberty.

One of the core concepts of Islamic justice is the principle of reciprocity. We can find numerous injunctions in the Qur’an to reciprocate good for good and evil for evil. The principle of reciprocity, central to all religious and secular ethics, lies at the core of the Islamic concept of justice. The Qur’an is pervaded with injunctions that encourage Muslims to reciprocate good for good and evil for evil.

The principle is similarly expressed by Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher, in his Formula of Universal Law in which he expresses categorically: “Act only on that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it become a universal law.”

In a modern, multiracial and multi-religious society where people of different faiths live side by side, and cooperate under a system of law that recognizes their equal dignity, due attention must be given to the principle of reciprocity as the essence of justice.

Any attempt by a religious community to place sanctions and apply coercion on its members who choose to convert to another religious group will place a moral obligation on the latter to defend the new comers who choose to join their faith.

We would like to reiterate that the ‘battle cry’ of HIMPUN to defend the faith will only show the vicious and intolerant face of Islam as a religion that always speaks to reason. Hence the question that has to be answered: what positive outcome does HIMPUN expect out of such a ferocious outburst of fiery rhetorics from this gathering? Quo vadis HIMPUN – Whither goest thou?

As an intellectual organisation that focuses on youth empowerment, the Islamic Renaissance Front insists that it is duly committed to the goal of Muslim solidarity. However it must be stressed at no uncertain terms that such solidarity is meaningless if it is not founded on principles of liberty and democracy, human rights and the equal dignity of every individuals, Muslims and non-Muslims alike; principles which are obviously and consistently expressed throughout the Muslim canon.

The letter is jointly submitted by the following members of the Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF):
Ahmad Farouk Musa
Mohd Radziq Jalaluddin
Ahmad Fuad Rahmat
Edry Faizal Eddy Yusuf

—-Malaysiakini

HIMPUN Untuk Yang Terpinggir – MP Kuala Kedah

KENYATAAN AKHBAR

18 OKTOBER 2011

HIMPUNAN SEJUTA UMAT 22 OKTOBER 2011 MEDAN UNTUK MENYELAMATKAN GOLONGAN TERPINGGIR.

Saya merujuk kepada satu perhimpunan sejuta umat yang akan diadakan pada 22 Oktober 2011 di Stadium Shah Alam, Selangor anjuran bersama NGO’s dan beberapa individu politikus yang terpinggir dalam arus perdana politik negara. Perhimpunan yang diadakan dengan matlamat untuk selamatkan aqidah akan menjadi medan untuk membakar emosi umat Islam dan mencetus isu agama dengan matlamat untuk memperlekehkan peranan kerajaan negeri pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor.

Golongan yang terpinggir dalam arus politik negara hanyalah alat atau menjadi jurucakap kepada UMNO dan mereka ini adalah tentera upahan yang sedang menanti laba dari pimpinan UMNO. Mereka mesti membuktikan keupayaan dan jasa untuk mengucar kacirkan kerjasama Pakatan Rakyat menjelang pilihanraya ke 13 nanti. Jika tidak mereka akan tertinggal dan hilang terus dari arus perdana politik Malaysia. Apa yang hendak dibanggakan kepada golongan ini dalam perjuangan Islam, demi untuk meneruskan cita-cita politik, mereka akan lakukan apa sahaja.

Kerana sokongan non-muslim serta ada yang telah merubah persepsi kepada Pakatan Rakyat yang amat menggalakkan. UMNO mesti melakukan sesuatu bagi menamatkan situasi ini, maka kelompok terpinggir ini digunakan secara langsung. Walaupun mereka akan mempertahankan pendirian, bahawa penglibatan mereka “adalah murni untuk mempertahankan aqidah umat Islam”, kenyataan itu hanyalah helah politik semata-mata. Mereka adalah golongan yang rapat dengan parti pemerintah, berilah pandangan mengikut saluran kerajaan. Adakah kerajaan menunjukkan kesungguhan untuk pertahankan aqidah ini, seperti saranan Mufti Perak.

Saya berpandangan bahawa isu mempertahankan aqidah umat Islam , perlu dilakukan menerusi memperkukuhkan pendidikan dan dakwah Islamiah, Mempergiatkan kebajikan, memartabatkan undang-undang syariah, serta menyebarkan luas dialog antara agama. Himpunan sejuta umat bukan jalan yang hikmah buat masa ini untuk mempertahankan aqidah, apatah lagi perhimpunan ini telah diambilaleh oleh golongan politik yang terpinggir ini. Ia akan menjadi medan untuk mengembalikan sokongan orang melayu kepada UMNO menerusi isu berbau agama. UMNO secara organisasi tidak boleh terlibat, maka proksi UMNO seperti golongan terpinggir inilah akan menjadi hulubalang untuk mempertahankan maruahnya yang semakin terhakis kini.

YB HJ AHMAD BIN KASIM
Ahli Parlimen Kawasan Kuala Kedah.