Adding to pressure, Umno Youth cries bias towards non-Muslims

Siti Fairrah Ashykin became violent and used her car’s steering wheel lock to hit the car of Sim Siak Hong. — YouTube videograb
Siti Fairrah Ashykin became violent and used her car’s steering wheel lock to hit the car of Sim Siak Hong. — YouTube videograb

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 5 — Amid growing Malay-Muslim dissatisfaction, Umno Youth accused today the authorities of being soft on non-Muslims whom they claim have been pushing racial and religious hate speeches.

The wing’s deputy chief Khairul Azwan Harun said the authorities were, however, quick to press charges in cases where the Malay-Muslims are the antagonists and Non-Muslims are the victims.

The wing submitted a memorandum of protest on the matter to the Attorney-General’s Office and the Multimedia Securities Commission of Malaysia in Putrajaya and Cyberjaya respectively this morning, demanding the government explain the unfair treatment.

“There are several individuals whom have made statements that wreaked of religious hate and racism... but we somehow see that a different approach was taken to deal with the matter that it has sparked concerns among members of the public where some incidents is dealt with sternly while some otherwise,” the memorandum read.

The memorandum cited two cases where the police were seen to have acted swiftly against Malay Muslims.

One is the road rage case where a Malay woman named Siti Fairrah Asyikin Kamaruddin who threatened to attack an elderly Chinese man, and a religious cleric who was said to have insulted Hindus in a closed door ceramah he gave a year ago which was later leaked on video sharing site Youtube.

Khairun said the police initiated investigations and pressed charges immediately after the incidents sparked uproar.

However, the Umno Youth No. 2 pointed out that the authorities failed to show display the same enthusiasm when dealing with a case involving a Chinese who was said to have insulted Islam on his Facebook page.

“But in the case of Kelvin Yip who openly insulted Islam, seven days passed by, legal action were slow to move that it has now prompted the public to ask why,” he said.

Khairun added that should the government fail to explain the matter and show that it is consistent in applying the law, it risks “upsetting racial harmony” and encourage religious and racial strife.

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