Even if Lims convert, unity is uncertain

Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng, Abdul Rahman Osman

It’s incredible that a learned person like Pahang Mufti Abdul Rahman Osman would think the problem of national disunity would disappear if non-Muslim leaders were to embrace Islam.

Even if Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng were to convert to Islam, as he recently proposed, there’s every likelihood that there would still be disagreements between them and, for example, Barisan Nasional leaders. Indeed, if the two Lims, having converted to Islam, were to have a meeting with Abdul Rahman on religious and political issues, chances are that they would end up agreeing to disagree.

In the realm of politics, especially, there will always be disagreements even between people of the same religion. In fact, even when it comes to strictly religious issues, there’s never any guarantee of unity of opinion. This applies to any religion.

Abdul Rahman could of course point out that the push for hudud has united Umno and PAS, but if he did, he would be ignoring the reality that the two are political organisations with different agendas. Both have always claimed to be parties for Muslims, but they have been at odds for the longest time.

Another case in point is that of PAS and Amanah. Both are Muslim parties; yet they are unable to see eye to eye.

Surely, Abdul Rahman is not so naïve as to think that DAP is solely to blame for the disunity of Malaysians and that the Lims are so powerful that the party will disintegrate if they embrace Islam and resign from it.

But then again, he may have been misquoted. Perhaps he was just expressing a dream. But as a mufti, he couldn’t be unaware that according to the Quran, God created nations and tribes so that they may come to know one another.