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November 1, 2014

Sarawak leaders want AG’s head

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Gani patail  Alkitab PerkasaJoe Fernandez

AG sending signal that anyone can say anything, even seditious, “in defence of Islam”.

Sarawak leaders across the political divide want Attorney-General (AG) Gani Patail sacked for bringing public disrepute to the AG’s Chambers in the manner he handled the Bible burning case of Perkasa Chief Ibrahim Ali.

The consensus of opinion in the local media is that Gani has not only created a dangerous precedent by refusing to press charges against Ibrahim for his inflammatory call but contradicted the government’s emphasis on moderation.

They further felt that he appeared to have gone out on a limb, virtually acting as the defence for the Perkasa Chief, by making the disingenuous statement that his (Ibrahim’s) intention, in making the call to burn the Bible, was to protect the sanctity of Islam.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak president James Masing said the AG was sending a signal that anyone could say anything, even seditious, “in defence of Islam”.

“It seems that anything goes in defence of Islam,” fumed James. “This is not the voice of moderation preached by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak at the United Nations recently.”

“I wonder where Malaysia is headed with an AG like this in office.”

James stressed that the country, which has been peaceful all these years, cannot accept extremism of any kind or encourage extremism.

“Ibrahim’s remark is very unhealthy for a multi-religious society like Malaysia,” said Assistant Minister Jerip Susil, a leader of the United People’s Party. “Ibrahim is tainting the very meaning of religious freedom in the country, especially in Sarawak.”

Sarawak PR Chief Baru Bian said Gani should be sacked for his lack of courage in Ibrahim’s case.

“Gani is supposed to look after the rights and religious freedom of all Malaysians. What is wrong, is wrong,” said Baru who is Ba’ Kelalan Assemblyman and a lawyer in private practice. “His remark was certainly seditious. Ibrahim’s remark will open the floodgates for others to act like him.”

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How meanwhile wanted Gani to be sacked for worrying many peace-loving Malaysians especially Sarawakians.

“The longer he stays on as AG, the more we are worried as his decisions often contradict the government’s policy of moderation,” said See who is also Sarawak PKR vice-chairperson.

DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen believed that the AG’s decision favouring Ibrahim was at Umno’s insistence. “Ibrahim is backed by Umno,” reiterated Chong who is also the Kuching MP.

“Ghani should be sacked for his refusal to take action against Ibrahim,” said Sarawak DAP Youth chief and Padungan Assemblyman Wong King Wei, a practising lawyer. “I was really shocked by his decision.”

1 Comment »

  1. One must not forget that Putrajaya supports PERKASA financially making Ibrahim a mercenary when it comes to racial and religious intolerance. So expect the AG to charge Ibrahim, the mother of all bigots in the country.

    Comment by Geronimo Miller — November 2, 2014 @ 9:23 PM | Reply


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