Hornbill Unleashed

November 13, 2013

Why the silence over actions of Islamic extremist groups?

Cecilia Jeyanthi Victor

Insensitive religious remarks made in the last few months have reignited racial hatred and threatened to tear apart the fabric of national unity.

Why is the government keeping silent over the actions of the Islamic extremist groups that could harm the feelings of the different races?

Academic and political scientist Dr Chandra Muzaffar believed the government was not keeping silent nor was it encouraging NGOs such as Perkasa and Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) to cast racial slurs at a time when the country’s peace is tested over the “Allah” controversy.

“Prime Minister [Datuk Seri Najib Razak] has laid down his 10-point solution and he should commit himself to achieving it,” he said.

The 10-point solution agreed in 2011 allows the word “Allah” to be used in the Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bible, among other things.

Chandra said that all the various groups should stop exploiting religious issues because this would only exacerbate the situation.

When asked if action should be taken against extremist groups to stop them from making sensitive remarks that could undermine racial stability, he said there was no point in doing so as it would only turn the groups into heroes.

“Action against Perkasa would not make the situation better; it would only cause a reaction which would make Perkasa and Isma becoming heroes.”

He said that it was not just the government’s responsibility to ensure there was racial stability, but NGOs and the opposition must also play their role to educate the public on such matters.

“There should be public education and the raising of awareness. To promote interaction among communities in an effort to maintain diversity, people have to be less ignorant.”

He said that this was the best way to bring people together.

Perkasa has been virulent in its attacks on the non-Muslims, especially the Christians over the Allah controversy.

Its president Datuk Ibrahim Ali threatened at one time to burn the Malay language Bibles which carried the word “Allah”.

This came about after the Court of Appeal ruled that the Catholic weekly, Herald, would not be able to use the word “Allah” in its publication to refer to the Christian God.


  1. As long as there is silence over the extremism in our country, it is on it’s way back to the destruction of dark and difficult times.

    Comment by Sharpshooter — November 14, 2013 @ 4:11 AM | Reply

    • Malaysia is like Animal Farm when some are more equal than others?

      Anyway, we should all boycott Utusan.

      Comment by Rajesh — November 15, 2013 @ 12:10 PM | Reply

  2. “There should be public education and the raising of awareness. To promote interaction among communities in an effort to maintain diversity, people have to be less ignorant.”

    First and foremost they have to educate the perkasa, isma,jakim, their racist and extremist leaders and supporters. Unless they succeeded in educating them, it would be a waste of time educating the rest of us who are already less ignorant!

    Comment by brian — November 13, 2013 @ 2:34 PM | Reply

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