Friday, January 24, 2014

Malaysia: Muslim NGO demand pork sellers be banned from selling in public

It must be Hell as a Muslim to walk down the street and stumble upon the succulent aroma of a freshly grilled pig.  In the state of Penang the Solidarity and Charity Organisation wants pork sales banned, as it insults the sensitivities of Muslims.  Never mind the area is mostly Christian, Islam demands non-believers bend to Muslim rules, it is never a two-way street.  

There are Muslims in Malaysia who could care less what religion someone is.  It is the Islamists who define what Islam is, and it is a violent and militaristic religion as far as they are concerned.  The "moderate" Muslims or those known as a Muslim in name only (MINO) do not have the power or confidence to stand against the Islamists, so they too become victims of their own belief system.

From The Malaysian Insider January 24 by Looi Sue-Chern 

Muslim group wants ban on open selling of pork in Penang

Tensions went up a notch in Penang today when a Muslim non-governmental organisation demanded that local authorities ban the open selling of pork in the state.

Solidarity and Charity Organisation (Isco) claimed that the selling of pork openly was a disregard to Muslim sensitivity in the state.

Its president, Abdul Rahman Makhtun, said in a letter to Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) president Datuk Patahiyah Ismail today that the council should be more aware of Muslim sensitivity as the animal was haram in Islam.

"Isco is worried that pork sellers are getting braver in selling the meat around George Town in places like Lebuh Chulia, Jalan Kuantan, Jalan C.Y. Choy and other locations.

"We ask MPPP to take action against the insensitive pork sellers by stopping or making the open selling of pork illegal. We also call for action against illegal hawkers and businesses," he said in the letter.

Copies of the letter were also sent to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (pic), Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon and Penang Islamic Council (MAIPP) chairman Datuk Mohd Salleh Man.

The letters were delivered by Isco secretary Mohd Firdaus Humayoon to representatives from the respective offices on level three at Komtar today.

He was accompanied by, among others, Tanjung Umno Youth division vice-chief Mohd Yusmadi Mohd Yusof.

In an immediate response, Lim asked why the NGO and Umno were making this matter an issue now.

Lim, who was shown a copy of the letter by reporters at a function in Bayan Lepas, also said he was disappointed that Umno turned this into an issue and accused the party of provoking racial and religious sentiments.

"This is not new. This has been the practice since Barisan Nasional's days in government. Why did they not raise this during (former chief minister Tan Sri Dr Koh) Tsu Koon's time?

"Umno should learn from PAS. This is not an issue in Kelantan, which has more than 95% Muslims. Pork sellers there also hang up the meat in markets.

"You just cannot trust Umno or repeat the things it says. It will eat you up," he said, taking another swipe at the party.

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