Hornbill Unleashed

January 12, 2014

Why different standards in investigating Catholic priest and Perak mufti

Filed under: Human rights,Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 6:00 AM
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LEE SHI-IAN

The nation’s top cop must explain the double standards of the police in investigating Catholic priest Father Lawrence Andrew and Perak mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang (pic) said today.

The Gelang Patah MP said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar was clearly practising double standards in both cases.

On January 3, Harussani had issued a fatwa (edict) declaring it halal (permissible) to spill the blood of the participants of an anti-price hike rally held on New Year’s Eve.

The Perak mufti had issued the edict based on the “bughah” concept which refers to an armed revolt by Muslims against a just ruler or government in accordance with Islamic law.

On Friday, Khalid told reporters that police have interviewed Harussani and recorded his statement although he declined to say when.

“There is no doubt that if Andrew, the editor of Catholic weekly Herald, had said anything about spilling blood, there would have been swift and drastic action taken against him,” Lim said.

“But it appears that the same urgency is glaringly absent in Harussani’s case,” he added.

Police have wrapped up their investigations against Andrew and recommended that he be charged with sedition.

Andrew had issued a statement on December 27 saying churches in Selangor would continue to use the word Allah in their Bahasa Malaysia masses.

Despite the outrage and anger that followed from Umno and pro-Umno Muslim groups, Andrew stood firm saying freedom of religion was guaranteed in the Federal Constitution.

More than 100 reports were lodged against Andrew and police also called him to record his statement as part of sedition investigations.

“If the police can act so fast in Andrew’s case, why have they not made similar recommendations for Harussani?” Lim asked.

Today, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said no decision has been made on the sedition investigations against Andrew.

Lim asked whether Abdul Gani would ask the police what was happening in their investigations against Harussani.

“The police, Attorney-General and the entire justice process must not only be fair and unbiased but must also be seen to be so,” Lim said.

“Sadly, this has not been the case for many years now, especially since the years when the country was led by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“This is why public confidence in the government, related agencies and police has fallen to an all-time low,” Lim added.

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9 Comments »

  1. All due to kulitification instead of qualification.

    Comment by sovereign — January 14, 2014 @ 6:21 PM | Reply

  2. Different sets of laws and different judges for different groups of people are not new in a highly corrupted Malay..siah.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — January 13, 2014 @ 6:03 PM | Reply

  3. Because under 1Malaysia, certain groups are more equal than others?

    Comment by Freddy — January 13, 2014 @ 12:29 PM | Reply

  4. The different is in the SKIN colour, no other! But wait, there’s another one, they are of different faith!

    Comment by brian — January 13, 2014 @ 12:06 PM | Reply

  5. Different standards due to the abuses by a majority of an unjust, wicked, self centered and greedy people who only want their way.

    Comment by Sharpshooter — January 13, 2014 @ 7:58 AM | Reply

  6. This is their culture, a real bad culture … more like uncivilised

    Comment by tigerykey — January 12, 2014 @ 8:43 PM | Reply

  7. The priest is only known as Father to his flock but the other one a Tan Sri , a premier grade civil service. A priest has no salary but the Tan Sri is paid handsomely for barking and cursing people. The investigators , mostly moslems do not know what Catholic priests do, thinking they are just like the hypocritical Tan Sri.

    Comment by sovereign — January 12, 2014 @ 5:11 PM | Reply

  8. Different standards for a simple reason, one is considered an “enemy”, though a decent and good citizen, and other is regarded as a “friend”, though he is violent in nature. A “friend” is always RIGHT and an “enemy” is NEVER RIGHT, no matter what, in the eye of the beholder. SAD.

    Comment by streetwalker — January 12, 2014 @ 4:07 PM | Reply

  9. …because ‘they’ forget to see the CITIZEN IN Lawrence but CHOOSE to SEE someone DIFFERENT . To Father Lawrence ; we may DIFFER in our worship , yet I know that I WILL stand by you as my fellow brother and pray that even as others prosecute you , may you be comforted that God WILL TRIUMPH over His adversaries … remember Job ? He `came out ‘ stronger . Many of old has suffered, be STRONG and HOPEFUL, God bless you.

    Comment by teres6842550 — January 12, 2014 @ 11:05 AM | Reply


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