GEORGE TOWN: A DAP leader has branded controversial preacher Ridhuan Tee Abdullah as a bigot for coming out with a list of “10 reasons and proof why DAP was anti-Islam” in Utusan Malaysia yesterday.
DAP deputy secretary-general P Ramasamy said it was unbecoming for a person who “claimed to be a professor” to come out with such a “hateful list”.
He said it was clear that Tee was trying to work up Malay sentiments to spark racial tensions among peace-loving Malaysians.
He said extremists in Umno, PAS and Perkasa had before this hurt the feelings and sentiments of non-Muslims and non-Malays in the country.
“Look at the comments and statements of Tee himself, a Chinese convert who is trying to over-please Muslims just to ingratiate himself into their ranks.
“He is increasing racial pressure in the country to create more disunity in the country,” Ramasamy told FMT.
Tee is a professor at Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin’s General Studies and Advanced Education faculty.
His list of why DAP was anti-Islam, as reported in Utusan Malaysia yesterday, is as follows:
1. Perak DAP leader Nga Kor Ming had insulted Muslims by equating the giveaway of duit raya as akin to graft or “dedak”;
2. Penang DAP leader Jeff Ooi had insulted the late PAS leader Harun Din by saying “Adios Harun Din”;
3. Nga made fun of the “purdah” which is won by Muslim women. When Kepala Batas Umno secretary Ahmad Darus suggested flight attendants wear outfits covering the aurat, DAP leaders said Malay leaders were suffering from “otak cacat”;
4. Ramasamy had called preacher Dr Zakir Naik a satan;
5. DAP had questioned the contents of Friday prayers and meddled with fatwa matters in Penang;
6. DAP was rude to question the Muslim call for prayer or azan and recital of Quranic verses through the mosque speakers;
7. DAP questioned apostasy and also the existence of the Islamic Affairs Department or Jakim;
8. DAP dared to insult and make fun of hudud laws;
9. DAP fought the shariah law amendment in Parliament, saying it was not necessary;
10. DAP was against ustaz and ustazah from Peninsular Malaysia being sent to Sarawak.
Tee also said before DAP could even take over the reins of government in Putrajaya, it had already “memandulkan” (spayed) Islam.
“Hence, DAP’s politics will ‘spay’ Islam. Muslims who support PH means they are helping to ‘spay’ Islam — their own religion. Ask yourself if what you are doing is right,” Tee was reported in the daily as saying.
Ramasamy said the list concocted by Tee was “false and nonsensical” and condemned the attack on DAP’s good name.
“Are these 10 ‘commandments’ reflections of his learning or his own dogmatism and narrow thinking?
“A religious person who claims to be a professor should think carefully before coming out with 10 statements condemning the DAP as anti-Islam.
“What comes from his mouth is nothing but hatred and venom towards non-Muslims.
“Is this what he has learned all this while?”
Tee has had a fair share of controversial outbursts through his commentaries published in mainstream Malay dailies.
He had called the Chinese community “ultra kiasu” for putting monetary goals above everything else and attacked the “weak patriotism” said to have been displayed by Chinese Malaysians at the last Olympics.
Despite being slammed by others, Tee had declared two years ago that he would continue to “express the truth” in his writings, even if it leads to his imprisonment.
“It is more worthwhile going to prison for defending the truth than to end up defending the enemies of Islam,” he had said.