Hindu Sangam also urges Perlis mufti not to issue statements against Hindus if he does not understand the religion.
PETALING JAYA: Hindraf has urged the police to arrest Perlis mufti Asri Zainul Abidin for allegedly insulting and inciting hatred against the Hindu community.
Its chairman, P Waythamoorthy, said Asri’s latest statement insulted Hinduism.
He said Asri’s statement showed Zakir Naik has succeeded in radicalising Malaysians, including the mufti.
“He is inciting Muslims and sowing hatred against the Hindus.
“The police should investigate him for sedition as his statement can lead to tension between the various religious communities in Malaysia,” he told FMT today.
Waytha was commenting on Asri’s Facebook status on a caustic poem penned by Asri today targeting people who he said “idolised cows”, while defending an unnamed preacher against attempts to hand him over to an “evil government”.
Asri wrote in Malay on Facebook: “When those who idolise cows as God unite, and call for our preacher to be fettered, to hand him over to an evil government that worships fire and practises the sati, burning widows in that continent, a teaching that divides humans into castes.”
Asri called it his “Friday morning poem”.
Sati refers to an obsolete Hindu funeral custom in India, where a widow immolates herself on her husband’s pyre.
While Asri did not mention names, he had in the past criticised Hindu rights group Hindraf over its opposition to Mumbai-based preacher Zakir Naik.
Waytha, along with 18 other individuals, sued the government for allegedly protecting Naik.
Waytha claims Naik is creating hatred and discord among the different communities and religions in Malaysia.
“If he (Asri), a learned person in Islam, can issue such a poem, inciting and hateful, what about ordinary people?
“Will Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar be silent? Are the police going to keep quiet … while the ordinary people are arrested for trivial offences like throwing a balloon at the PM? ”
Malaysia Hindu Sangam president RS Mohan Shan said Asri’s remarks showed the level of “stupidity” of someone with no knowledge of Hinduism.
“If he understands Hinduism, he would not be making such remarks.
“Hinduism respects every human being and soul in this universe and thereafter.
“He should not be making any comparisons if he does not understand the religion,” Mohan told FMT.
He added as a mufti, Asri should not be talking bad about another religion.
On sati, or the burning of widows in India, Mohan said the ancient practice had been banned in modern India.