Kit Siang wants to know whether he will be slain as ‘kafir harbi’

Kit Siang wants to know whether he will be slain as ‘kafir harbi’ Photo credit: FMT

The DAP veteran wants Pahang Mufti Abdul Rahman Osman to declare whether he was “kafir harbi” (warring infidel).

PRESS STATEMENT We are still waiting for Pahang Mufti Abdul Rahman Osman’s response to my speech at the Gelang Patah kopitiam ceramah in Taman Impian Emas on Monday.  I asked him to repent or be honest and courageous enough to state specifically whether I am “kafir harbi” (warring infidel) who should be killed or slain.

The state mufti’s incendiary and seditious “kafir harbi” statement was the most serious and dangerous attack on the Federal Constitution and nation-building process. The Cabinet must address this issue on Wednesday or all the Ministers, including the new ones, would have abdicated their national duties and responsibilities.

We note that Abdul Rahman insisted on Monday that he would neither retract his statement nor apologise to DAP over his earlier remarks labeling it as “kafir harbi”.

Given the Mufti’s stand on the “kafir harbi” issue, we want to know who was more dangerous and subversive to the nation-building process in Malaysia.

We refer to IS member Mohd Rafi Udin, from Negri Sembilan, warning that there would be “no peace” for police personnel in the Bukit Aman headquarters. We note that Mohd Rafi urged IS supporters in Malaysia to employ whatever means necessary to kill non-believers. “Kill them wherever you meet them…if you have a car, hit them…Use your weapon and knives to stab them in the chest,” Mohd Rafi was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, a state mufti is spouting a “kafir harbi” edict, implying that DAP and non-Muslims can be killed regardless of the Rule of Law.

The Mufti poses a greater threat to the integrity and success of the nation-building process. In the case of IS, there’s a Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division.

The responsibility of the Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division was to be vigilant and be prepared for IS threats. However, Malaysia seems to be completely defenceless against IS-minded religious officials preaching doctrines no different from the terrorist group.

I have been reduced to wondering whether I became a “kafir harbi” when I stood up in Parliament in 1978 to defend PAS and to oppose the Umno-controlled Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s declaration of a state of emergency in Kelantan to topple the state government led by the Islamists.

I recall at least three other instances where I may have become a “kafir harbi”.

In 1985, I called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) when he deplored the government’s handling of the tragic Memali incident which saw 18 people killed.

In 1988, my son Lim Guan Eng went to jail for defending the honour and dignity of an underaged Malay girl, losing his position as MP for Kota Melaka, his parliamentary pension, and was deprived of the right to vote or stand for elective office for five years from August 1999 when he left Kajang Prison.

In 2000, in probably another “kafir harbi” move, I denounced the Federal Government for hijacking the five per cent oil royalty of Terengganu after PAS had won the 1999 general election in the state and formed a government under Abdul Hadi Awang.

We urge the Pahang Mufti to repent for his statement. “Or let him state specifically whether I am “kafir harbi” who should be killed.”

Abdul Rahman Osman should not twist and turn. Maybe he should also state when I became ‘kafir harbi’.

The Pahang Mufti’s incendiary and seditious “kafir harbi” statement was given front-page treatment by Utusan Malaysia, the official Umno mouthpiece.

Has Prime Minister, Najib Abdul Razak given his nod and blessing to Utusan Malaysia to give Abdul Rahman’s incendiary and seditious statement national prominence and front-page treatment?


Lim Kit Siang

Gelang Patah MP

DAP Parliamentary Leader


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