Today’s post is written after watching a video of the proceedings at DUMC on 3rd Aug 2011. The video was obtained from screwkuat69.blogspot.com and is an edited version, therefore I feel the need to add in the following disclaimer – I almost always never trust bloggers who whack away anonymously as I believe in putting my name responsibily on what I write, and secondly the video is edited, probably to shorten its length and highlight the salient points but for me the editing also raises possible doubts about presenting things out of context.
Having said that, watching it is still worrying for me as a Christian. Why? Because church leaders and opposition politicians have decried the raid by Jais, saying it was heavy-handed and that the enforcement personnel had not produced any search warrant. They also say there was no proof that proselytism was actually taking place.
I’ve said it before in an earlier post - Jais had acted within the provisions of the Constitution and state enactments. The check on DUMC was clearly based on a complaint that Jais, as an agency tasked to take such action, had to investigate.
The authorities have denied that a raid had been conducted at DUMC, preferring instead to claim that they had merely inspected the premises after receiving complaints that Muslims were attending the function, and even that after an hour’s negotiation with the organizer.
Selangor’s Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Amongst Muslims) Enactment, which outlines offenses deemed as acts of proselytism by non-Muslims towards Muslims, grants the religious authorities powers to launch investigations and arrest individuals without producing a warrant.
The main organizer, Nadeane@Sophia bt Mohd Salleh MyKad 790317-01-6094 (alleged in the blog to be a Muslim who has converted to Christianity) had negotiated protractedly with the team leader of the operation before allowing them in, which begs this question – if they had nothing to hide, why make matters worse by delaying? Righteous Christians should Invite them right in to look around and satisfy themselves that everything’s above board.
At 0.38 in the video, the guy on stage talking about being raised as a disciplined Muslim reading the Qur'an and saying Doa etc certainly sounds like he’s giving testimony after converting. The authorities had found materials to prove there was non-Islamic preaching, such as the singing of songs titled Alhamdulillah and Allahu Akbar in the program, 3 Muslims attempting to flee through the backdoor and quiz questions on Islam and its meaning from a Christian slanted viewpoint, although there were attempts to get rid of the evidence.
The blog also points out that the doors to Hall 3 were decorated with bunga manggar and diners were wearing baju melayu and baju kurung/kebaya, but the Spanker does not see anything sinister in the spirit of muhibbah.
For me, just based on the alleged Muslim guy giving testimony at 0.38 alone, all those involved can be charged under Section 10 of the Syariah Criminal Enactment 1995.
Further, section 9 of the Syariah Criminal Procedure Enactment (Selangor) 2003 also stipulates that any individual who knows of an act or intention of any persons to commit any offense must immediately provide such information to the religious authorities or the police.
Hence, what Jais did at DUMC was within their powers. They had acted lawfully during the visit which was based on an enactment passed by the government in 1988 that allows it to act against non-Muslims believed to have knowledge about proselyting. Furthermore as evidenced by the video, the officers were mostly patient and courteous in a difficult and sensitive situation.
The Spanker really prays that politicians will stop issuing reckless statements on the issue as an opportunity to garner support. Jais should be allowed to carry out its duties. Should DUMC have behaved inappropriately and there be any charges filed later, Jais will have to bear the burden of proof in court. If not, let’s begin the process of asking for forgiveness and putting this sorry state of affairs behind us and move on.