Is Barack Obama anti-Islam? Maybe, maybe not.
His decision to seal four mosques belong to Iranian organisation, Alavi Foundation has caused a stir in US and elsewhere. He also ordered a freeze on the Foundation asset of about US500 million.
Such a move has not only dampened effort to bridge a nuclear dialogue with Iranian authorities but has also smeared Obama's 'clean image' in the Muslim world.
I shot a question at a Western diplomat this morning as to whether Obama is anti-Islam.
"I dont think so. He acted on suspicion that Alavi could pose a threat to US security as they are so close to the Teheran regime."
I argued that as the Foundation is sponsored and fully-supported by Iranians in the US, they alway maintain contacts with their countrymen. Nothing's wrong with that.
Let's say if a Malaysian organisation establish such a foundation by getting contributions for its mosques in the US, will they fall under suspicion too?
"Malaysia and Iran are two different Muslim nations. Malaysia is known for its liberalism while in Iran, the anti-American and anti-Western sentiments run high. However, Obama got his own reason for imposing such an action.
"The only thing that he could have forgotten is the fact that Alavi has been established in the States for many years, without any problems. Even the non-Muslim community around them did not complaint," he said.
Deep inside, I still consider Obama as anti-Islam. Why must actions taken only on Muslim organisation when there are radicals Protestant and Catholic groups thriving in the US? They too are threats to internal security.
Double standard, perhaps but I dont see what he did was right. In fact, he incites hatred towards the White House and the West.
I hope this is not what Obama wants...
And in Kuala Lumpur, our leaders did not make any comment!