Friday, March 5, 2010

Yes, Al-Islam must apologise

As a journalist and blogger, I cant help but feel obliged to answer some burning questions from friends and readers about the issue involving two Al-Islam journalists. More people are talking about it. More bloggers are writing about it too and the foreign media is not excluded.

Yes, I believe the magazine should apologise to the Catholics for desecrating the Eucharist. As much as we want others who 'intimidated' Malaysian Muslims to do so, the Utusan-owned Al-Islam must not treat the issue as frivolous. This is a well-balanced Muslim and non-Muslim society where respecting each others' religion has been the pillar for unity and understanding.

When I posted similar comments on an article written by The Star managing editor P Gunasegaram last month, many demanded similar apology. If I am being senseless about the conduct of the two Al-Islam journalists, then I will be bias. I dont want to be bias as I am not as such.

I did write that Guna has not knowledge whatsoever about Islam and the Syariah Law when he wrote his article. The same applies to the two reporters from Al-Islam. They, too were so naive about Christianty. What they did (h e r e) was uncalled for.

Archbishop Murphy Pakiam said that the Church was willing to forgive the journalists, and would not pursue any legal action, if Al Islam merely apologized for the episode. But he said that the government's failure to intervene 'would appear to legitimise' the reporters' behavior.

Most of us tend to forget that this is a multi-racial and multi-religious Malaysia. Even if you live in a one-race, one-religion dominant country, you still dont deserve to belittle other peoples' race, religion and colors.

If you dont know how to respect others, dont expect others to reciprocate!

On Wednesday, the Star has refused to publish Marina Mahathir's column on the caning of three Muslim women, weeks after it got into trouble with the government over a similar article by one of its editors. It spiked her weekly column because of concerns that such sensitive articles could jeopardise its annual printing permit (h e r e).

Now that there are calls by various parties for Al-Islam to take up responsibility over the actions of its journalists, they should apologise in the spirit of 1Malaysia. Yes, our AG has defended the two as being 'ignorance' while the Home Ministry did not take any actions at his advise.

Let's not prolong this. Apologise, and it will be over. What The Star did is commendable.

A few years ago, Dewan Ulama Pas had called for the boycott of Al-Islam for publishing an article titled ''Ulama Jangan Merapu'' (h e r e).

34 comments:

alfonse said...

sir, i should salute you for being a true malaysian. although sometimes u may get a bit irritating, i notice how you put national security and stability as most important.

i am of the opinion that in our country, one should not touch the issues of race, religion and color.

if all agree to that, malaysia will be the most wonderful country to live in!

thank you

Anonymous said...

the govt is being bias. the ag too. just because al islam belongs to utusan group, no action is regarded as an action!

al-hussaini said...

saya setuju al-islam patut minta maaf kepada penganut kristian, terutama katholik.

walaupun mereka disebut sebagai tidak sengaja, ini membuktikan betapa sebagai wartawan, mereka harus peka dengan apa jua isu semasa, terutama yang menyentuh agama apa pun.

janganlah kerana perbuatan seperti ini, ia mendatangkan kesan tidak baik kepada kerajaan khasnya dan umat islam malaysia amnya.

mintalah maaf, tak rugi apa pun! malah ia salah satu tuntutan agama islam. jika kita salah atau menyinggung orang lain, patut minta maaf cepat!

hashim chonel said...

Jai,

I totally agree with you in urging that Al Islam should apologies accordingly.

Well, I am taken by surprised that Hishamuddin did not have the gut to reprimand the two journalists.

We, Malaysian should be more tolerance and respect other people religion.

Anonymous said...

tu la, amek wartawan yang takda akal. tulis je pandai tapi takda pertimbangan langsung.

nak jadi spy pun, jadi la tapi jadi spy bodo yang terperangkap oleh taktik sendiri.

bangang punya reporter!

Anonymous said...

why is hisham so quiet this time? where is he?

ah seng kedai kopi said...

bro,

KDN should reprimand the editor of al islam like what they did to star's wong chun wai.

this is not a small matter. it may jeopardise racial harmony.

on the other hand, people may look at the govt as being bias and not sensitive to issues about other religions.

teksi malam said...

KERAJAAN TIDAK BOLEH MEMBIARKAN HAL2 SEPERTI INI BERLARUTAN.

KALAU TIDAK, BURUK AKIBATNYA DALAM HUBUNGAN KAUM DAN PEMBANGUNAN NEGARA.

AL-ISLAM PATUT DIBERI AMARAN, SAMA SEPERTI YANG DIBUAT KE ATAS THE STAR. SENGAJA ATAU TIDAK, DUA WARTAWAN NI PATUT DISEDARKAN. JIKA TIDAK, RAMAI LAGI AKAN MENULIS BERITA YANG MENYINGGUNG BANGSA DAN AGAMA LAIN.

KERAJAAN PERLU TEGAS. MENTERI DALAM NEGERI TIDAK HARUS MEMANDANG RENDAH PERKARA SEPERTI INI ATAU DITUDUH BERAT SEBELAH.

SESIAPA YANG TERBABIT PERLU DIBERI AMARAN KERAS ATAU DIHUKUM, TIDAK KIRA SIAPA DAN TIDAK KIRA BANGSA ATAU KETURUNAN.

JIKA NEGARA INI HURU-HARA, SIAPA YANG RUGI? OBAMA KE?

Anonymous said...

thats what u get when u try to do things u are not suppose to do.

siew71 said...

al islam belongs to the utusan melayu group. thats why the home minister thought no action should be taken. utusan has been a 201 per cent supporter of barisan nasional government. i you read the newspaper, you will see all are about bn and no space for other news!

a racist newspaper!

bin adam said...

UTUSAN YANG SEPATUTNYA MINTA MAAF, BUKAN SAJA KEPADA PENGANUT KRISTIAN MALAH SELURUH RAKYAT MALAYSIA KERANA TINDAKAN BODOH DUA WARTAWAN ANAK SYARIKATNYA INI.

BULAN LEPAS THE STAR DIBERI AMARAN DAN SURAT TUNJUK SEBAB.

ADAKAH KERANA UTUSAN MEMANG PENGAMPU BESAR KERAJAAN BARISAN NASIONAL MAKA TIDAK ADA TINDAKAN PATUT DIKENAKAN KE ATAS DUA ORANG REPORTER CABOK NI?

SAYA PUN MELAYU TETAPI SAYA MELAYU YANG HIDUP SELESA DENGAN BANGSA DAN AGAMA LAIN. KALAU MACAM NI, GENERASI AKAN DATANG AKAN SESUKA HATI MENCERCA AGAMA DAN BANSGA LAIN TANPA DIKENAKAN TINDAKAN ATAU SEKURANG-KURANGNYA AMARAN.

INIKAH YANG KITA MAHU?

tembam said...

buat siasatan konon.

siasat diri sendiri dulu sama ada kita prejudis terhadap agama orang lain atau tak.

kalau tak, buat apa masuk gereja tu!

bahlolipop!

Anonymous said...

siew71
why is it you have to turn the mistake made by the reporter into a government conspiracy?
IT IS PEOPLE AND BIGGOTS LIKE YOU THAT ACTUALLY TURNS THIS COUNTRY UP SIDE DOWN.
If you have nothing good to comment i suggest you shut up!

sillycon said...

why did gani patail defend the two journalists?

what makes their case differ from that of the star managing editor gunasegaram.

this is about religion. the two must make an open apology

a dato said...

janganlah kita dilihat sebagai berat sebelah apabila menangani isu seperti ini. walaupun ia tidak disengajakan, ia boleh mendorong lebih ramai lagi individu berbuat sesuatu yang menggores sentimen perkauman dan agama dengan hanya berkata TAK SENGAJA atau TAK BERNIAT.

kementerian dalam negeri terlalu lembik dalam hal ini. sesuatu harus dibuat demi memastikan perkara seumpama ini tidak berlaku lagi.

sama ada kita beragama islam atau hindu atau kristian atau apa saja, malaysia memerlukan persefahaman kaum dan kerjasama di kalangan semua pengikut agama yang berlainan untuk terus maju.

jika perkara ini tidak ditangani dengan betul, ia boleh meremukkan hasrat kita untuk bangkit bersama negara lain.

kadang2 disebabkan nila setitik, rosak susu sebelanga!

Anonymous said...

BLAME IT ON UTUSAN!

BLAME IT ON UTUSAN!

BLAME IT ON HISHAM!

BLAME IT ON GANI PATAIL!

BLAME IT ON YOUR ARSES!

Anonymous said...

TAK PAYAH MINTAK MAAP.

BUNUH DIRI JE LAGI BAIK!

BODOH PUNYA ORANG!

abbot said...

kau takda keje lain ke bujai? asyik nak komen benda sensitif ni je.

jom pi siam!

Anonymous said...

hisham are protecting them too... because of utusan!

sivam said...

when a non-muslim make statement about islam, they are accused of being anti-islam and trying to incite communal tension. they were then asked to apologise, and which they did.

when muslim journalists like this two insulted the christians by what they did, no action was taken. even the ag defended them. why, because they were ignorance.

then what? wait for another person to commit similar mistake and then allow them to scott free just because they are either journalists or because they are muslims! or they belong to utusan or nst...

this is double-standard practice in our judiciary and provisions of home ministry.

wan tan said...

pity the star and guna... the govt only saw their mistakes but not this two reporters!

what a shame, kdn!

MAN BONET said...

BUJAI, KAU JE LA YANG GANTI HISHAM ATAU JADI PEGAWAI KHAS HAL-EHWAL ISU2 SENSITIF NI.

DIORANG NI BUAT NAMA JE PEGANG JAWATAN TAPI TAK BETUL BUAT KERJA DAN KEPUTUSAN.

HARI NI CAKAP YA, ESOK CAKAP TIDAK.

KALAU MACAM NI, BIAR SEMUA ORANG BUAT SUKA ATI JE LA...

MAN BONET said...

BUJAI, KAU JE LA YANG GANTI HISHAM ATAU JADI PEGAWAI KHAS HAL-EHWAL ISU2 SENSITIF NI.

DIORANG NI BUAT NAMA JE PEGANG JAWATAN TAPI TAK BETUL BUAT KERJA DAN KEPUTUSAN.

HARI NI CAKAP YA, ESOK CAKAP TIDAK.

KALAU MACAM NI, BIAR SEMUA ORANG BUAT SUKA ATI JE LA...

Anonymous said...

who is this patail?

siew71 said...

anon 9:38,

its my rights to say what i want.

why? the govt will not take any action against people like me, just the case of the two reporters.

utusan is racist!

the saint said...

i agree that al-islam should apologise. this is not a small issue. they should be responsible in their own conduct.

whether al-islam is a subsidiary of utusan of not, the damage is done.

haji pop said...

SIEW71,

U JUST DONT KNOW WHAT IS RACIST AND WHAT IS PRO GOVERNMENT.

U BETTER FUCK OFF FROM THE COUNTRY!

alloy said...

apa yang dilakukan oleh dua wartawan al-islam itu, sama ada mereka sedar atau tidak, tetap menyinggung perasaan penganut katolik di negara ini.

saya adalah salah seorang penganut agama ini. walaupun tidak sengaja, mereka sudah dilihat membuat satu penghinaan terhadap agama ini.

mereka patut memohon maaf secara terbuka

bujai said...

alfonse, sir

thank you.

let us be moderate in everything. it saves us in so many ways

bujai said...

siew71,

utusan is not racist. being a pro-govt doesnt make them racist. we have so many publications which are not siding the govt at all... but they too are not racist.

its their editorial policy

pro-utusan said...

siapa lahanat siew71 ni?

nak kena ISA dia ni!

salomon said...

jai,

ada yang tak kena dengan cara kementerian dalam negeri tak amnbil tindakan ke atas al islam ni.

takkan benda macam ni pun dianggap remeh!

Anonymous said...

here we go again.

another blunder on religion

and another no-action decision by the home ministry.

malay or not malay, chinese or not chinese, indian or not indian, actions must be taken.

be fair la woi!

mosq said...

tell me why cant we take any action on al islam, the reporters and utusan?

whats so special about them?

because they support the govt? star supports the govt too...