Mujahid fumes over ‘character assassination’ by religious body

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KUALA LUMPUR: An Amanah leader today cried foul over the inclusion of his name, along with several others, in a programme organised by a government-linked institute which labelled them as proponents of liberalism, pluralism and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.

Mujahid Yusof Rawa (Amanah-Parit Buntar) said this was contained in one of the programmes under the Malaysian Islamic Strategic Research Institute (Iksim), an institute that works closely with the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).

He expressed concern that the programme, dubbed as an Islamic thinking transformation programme, was more focused on the “character assassination” of certain people than tackling the issues mentioned.

“In the programme, the names of certain politicians were included as being liberals and proponents of pluralism. And these are people who are respected in society and who have a good name in Islamic knowledge.

“I am sad. From the information I received, my picture, along with pictures of several other leaders, was included in the programme, and we are being portrayed as champions of pluralism and liberalism.

“What kind of slander is this? The whole of Malaysia will hear this, when we have never propagated such beliefs.

“This is dangerous,” he said when debating the Supply Bill 2018 at the committee stage.

Mujahid said if this had happened under Jakim’s supervision, he would consider the body responsible for such “big slander”.

“Don’t play the fool. If needed, I will take this matter to court.

“If you want to protect Islam, do it the right way. Don’t resort to character assassination of politicians who have nothing to do with such beliefs,” he added.

The programme by Iksim, which is chaired by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom, states that secularism, liberalism and cultural diversity are elements that will undermine the Islamic agenda and destroy the country’s sovereignty.

Iksim was established on Dec 9, 2014 with the consent of the Conference of Rulers and the objective of upholding Islam as the country’s official religion.

According to its official website, Iksim was established to fulfil the wishes of the country’s Muslim community to defend the Malay rulers and uphold Islam as the official religion of the federation.

The formation of Iksim was endorsed by the National Council for Islamic Affairs (MKI), Jakim, the Federal Territory Islamic Council (MAIWP) and various state religious councils.