Malaysia human rights group Hindraf today questioned why Kelantan government decided to impose a 15-minute blanket ban on trading at dusk (Maghrib prayer).
Kelantan is a state of Malaysia and this statement was made by a senior politician Mustapa Mohamed.
The New Straits Times quoted Mustapa as saying:
“The Kelantan state government is duly elected by its people. And that is what the people of Kelantan want (the closure of shops for Maghrib prayers), so they implement it.
The state government is doing something that in their eyes is in line with the wishes of the people who are in favour of it.”
Hindraf Chief Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy reacted on this statement and asked that doesn’t this sound imposing Islamic law onto the Non-Muslims. He also said that if that is what the Muslims in Kelantan want then why impose it also on the Non-Muslims?
Further, he revealed that the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) and the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in their pursuit to amend RUU 355 (A Bill that will increase the penalties of the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) had maintained that the Islamic amendments would not affect non-Muslims.
Ponnusamy added that:
Suddenly now they are imposing the wishes of the majority onto the minority. Isn’t this deceiving and cheating the people? This is one of the many examples we could show to all Malaysians on the danger of back door Islamisation.
Hindraf is also struggling to send Zakir Naik back to India where he is wanted for investigation.