Comango threat to Islam and nation, says National Fatwa Council

Representative from NGOs under Comango at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on January 13, 2014. The National Fatwa Council today stressed that the demands made by the Coalition of Malaysian Non-governmental Organisations (Comango) were contrary to the teachings of Islam and a threat to the nation. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Representative from NGOs under Comango at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on January 13, 2014. The National Fatwa Council today stressed that the demands made by the Coalition of Malaysian Non-governmental Organisations (Comango) were contrary to the teachings of Islam and a threat to the nation. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 14 — The National Fatwa Council today stressed that the demands made by the Coalition of Malaysian Non-governmental Organisations (Comango) were contrary to the teachings of Islam and a threat to the nation.

As such, the council urged the government to take firm action against Comango which was seen as a movement trying to destroy Islam in the country.

Its chairman, Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Abdul Shukor Husin said in a statement that the council opposed the demands made by the coalition because besides being contrary to the teachings of Islam, they were also contrary to the law and constitution of the nation as well as international norms.

“The demands will create chaos in society and the country, and could cause a breakdown in the beliefs and way of life of Muslims in Malaysia”, he said.

Among the demands made by Comango were the freedom of sexual orientation and the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders.

Other than human rights issues, the coalition also demanded the right of apostasy for Muslims and religious equality. It also questioned the use of the word “Allah” and action against Shiah teachings in the country.

Abdul Shukor reminded Muslims in the country to unite in tackling the issues regardless of their political ideology to protect the sanctity of Islam.

He also urged Muslims involved in Comango to return to the true teachings of Islam. — Bernama