“This isn’t an issue with us,”

Corruption scandals such as that which involved UMNO’s Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and derogatory statements directed at the Chinese community made by UMNO leaders have so far failed to alter Chinese-only MCA’s rock solid loyalty to Barisan Nasional.
But one recent statement by an obscure Johor state assemblyman endorsing the Islamic punishment for serious crimes is apparently enough reason for MCA to rethink its solidarity with UMNO.
“If hudud is implemented then MCA will come out from BN,” said the party’s Labis member of parliament Chua Tee Yong, who is also the son of none other than its president Chua Soi Lek.
The younger Chua, who replaced his father as Labis MP following the latter’s resignation over an adulterous affair captured on CCTV in 2008, currently leads the party’s Young Professionals Bureau.
He was reacting to a call by UMNO’s Kemelah state representative Ayub Rahmat that ‘true hudud’ be implemented in Johor to cover both Muslims and non-Muslims, unlike what he described as ‘distorted hudud’ being proposed by PAS-led Kelantan which cover only Muslims.
But Chua junior was clearly riled up by the call, as was his father who lashed out at Ayub as being “out of his mind”, and clearly echoes strong anti-Islam sentiments that have underlined past public statements by Chua senior.
The thirty-something also could not resist resorting to the MCA’s favourite subject: the PAS-DAP cooperation in Pakatan Rakyat.
“DAP is still working closely with PAS. What is DAP stance on it?” he was quoted by news site Free Malaysia Today as saying.
PR has set its eyes on the southern state, long considered as UMNO’s stronghold. Several gatherings organised by PAS in the state have recently attracted unprecedented large crowds, and many analysts have linked Ayub’s call to the fear of an ‘upset’ against BN at the coming polls.
.PKR, PAS and DAP…dont be stupid by getting into this Hudud argument every now and then…wasnt there a joint statement on this subject the last time around ?This is very unproductive and does not help anyone except UMNO. Just drop it and move on and concentrate on the real issues…the size of the bread on the table is reducing for every humble Malaysian..tell us what you are going to do about it..dont give me this crap about hudud and subjects of alike…!Hudud again? This issue has been debated since Mahathir’s era. Even UMNO rejected Hudud! Living on this earth require us to follow the law set up by human with intergrity or without hehehe. If you in heaven then you may follow the rule of God. It’s weird that you want to establish hudud and you youself will enforced it. We kafir ok with it provided that God able to appear and be the judge…we kafir all will follow..don’t worry. But manage by human who will die and gone forever is absurd! Sorry PAS your idea for Hudud nation does’t make sense and idiotic. Today, the world is a world of science and technology. We need research and development to improve the judical system and mode of investigation


A new wave of anti-Muslim intolerance and antagonism is sweeping Europe. The far right political gains seen in some parts of the continent are alarming. Anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and extreme right parties seem to be cashing in on economic hardship and austerity measures. In a blinkered world of “us” and “them” they have found in Europe’s Muslim citizens the “others”.
In this fevered atmosphere of rising nationalism Islam, the religion of its most-impoverished people, is taking over the continent. Never mind the agonies such sentiments caused when acted upon by the Norway killer, Anders Breivik last year. “Racism is the lowest form of stupidity; Islamophobia is the height of common sense!” said one group in 2008.
To any person with a modicum of common sense such attitudes are absurd and bordering on a mythical view of reality. We must check their rise. In a powerful indictment, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, posted a blog about how European Muslims are stigmatised by populist rhetoric (October 2010).
“European countries appear to face another crisis beyond budget deficits – the disintegration of human value. One symptom is the increasing expression of intolerance towards Muslims. Opinion polls in several European countries reflect fear, suspicion and negative opinions of Muslims and Islamic culture,” he wrote.
He was not alone in giving Europeans this warning; many people across British politics and media have shared similar sentiments for some time. Amnesty International has shared this concern. In its April 2012 report “Choice and prejudice: discrimination against Muslims in Europe”, Amnesty exposes the impact of discrimination on Muslims. Marco Perolini, Amnesty’s expert on discrimination, says: “Muslim women are being denied jobs and girls prevented from attending regular classes just because they wear traditional forms of dress, such as the headscarf. Men can be dismissed for wearing beards associated with Islam… Rather than countering these prejudices, political parties and public officials are all too often pandering to them in their quest for votes.”
“It is disheartening that a continent… is allowing itself to be influenced by the forces of intolerance and hate.”
Amnesty International has accused France, Belgium and the Netherlands of failing to implement proper laws banning discrimination in employment.
It is disheartening that a continent that had learnt many lessons in such a hard way, after the devastation of the two World Wars, and which prides itself in equality and human rights, is allowing itself to be influenced by the forces of intolerance and hate. It is now open season to malign Muslims because of their religious and cultural practices. Yet Muslim immigrants arriving after the war joined in the effort to rebuild the economies of war-torn Europe in the 1950s. In almost every field of life, Muslims have been an integral part of the European tapestry. Muslims are today at home in Europe, have been contributors to its past and are stakeholders in its future.readmore


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