Malaysia Dateline

Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah

It’s good to talk, but where’s the walk, asks Raja Bahrin

Amanah’s Raja Bahrin Shah today said while Umno leaders were busy exhorting people to be united in the fight against terrorism, they have not been walking their talk by condemning inflammatory statements which could give rise to violence.

The Kuala Terengganu MP zeroed in on recent statements by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Deputy Minister Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, urging Malaysians to shun extremism.

“All the three persons’ proposals mentioned above are examples why the rakyat are sceptical and not confident of the Goverments approach and intentions.

“The rakyat have heard it all from the government and we say that ‘talk is cheap’. The rakyat today want the government to go that extra mile in walking their talk,” said Raja Bahrin, in questioning silence among Umno leaders over Pahang mufti Datuk Abdul Rahman Osman’s call to wage war on those who he terms “kafir harbi” (infidels at war) for rejecting the recent Shariah bill tabled by PAS.

Raja Bahrin said while he agreed with Najib’s condemnations of recent attacks in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Bangladesh as not reflective of true Islamic teachings, the same stand should also be made in the case of the Pahang mufti.

“The call by the government’s own mufti categorising certain Malaysians as ‘kafir harbi’ also does not reflect true teachings of Islam,” he said.

“Why than the long deafening silence and the half hearted belated authority’s action on this matter? Why the double standard when threats on life are directed at those not alligned with the Government?

“It happened in Najib’s own backyard in the state of Pahang,” he added.

He questioned Khairy’s proposal to have “experts” talk to university students, saying today’s generation were “not the Biro Tata Negara” type, referring to the government’s propaganda agency.

Instead, Raja Bahrin proposed Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa and Amanah Youth deputy chief Faiz Fadzil Noor “whose late fathers subscribed to a more tolerant and inclusive Islam”.

“If the government is serious and sincere in their efforts, they should consider our more inclusive and balanced approach seriously,” he said.

Raja Bahrin also disagreed with the recent statement by police chief Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar urging IS members to “come back if you dare”.

“He may end up having more than he can handle on his plate and regret his taunt. Never ever underestimate your enemy… especially if they can surface and melt into the local population,” he said.

Khalid recently said the police had their own approach in tackling the IS menace. He also urged the media to refrain from “glamourising” the terror group, and denied taunting IS members.