Perkasa’s Ibrahim Ali has gone too far when he suggested that Muslims burn Bahasa Malaysia Bibles.
According to lawyer Syahredzan Johan, Ibrahim Ali may have committed several offences under Sections 298 and 505 of the Penal Code. Section 298 states that it is an offence to utter words that deliberately wound religious feelings. If found guilty, an offender can be imprisoned for a year, or fined or both.
Section 505 meanwhile states that it is an offence to make statements that that are conducing public mischief. Those found guilty under this section can be imprisoned for a span of two years, fined or both.
Syahredzan added that there can be a case against Ibrahim under the Sedition Act as the act makes it an offence to raise discontent or feelings of ill-will. He, however, stressed that he personally was against the Sedition Act and its selective usage.
“Say something about Islam and we are so quick to act but in this case, why is there no investigation? Why is there an imbalance in treatment?” Syahredzan questioned.
He also pointed out that the Perkasa leader’s suggestion was against the norm of a civilized human. Burning books or holy books makes you anti-religion, anti-knowledge and anti-civilization,” he said.
The Spanker says:
If we respect other religions, people will in return respect our religion. Malaysians must ensure that the peace and harmony in our country is preserved. Do not let brainless politicians instigate us to fight with each other for their own selfish agendas.