The very thin line of separation of church (mosque) and state in Malaysia has diminished as the two bodies are now in union in a marriage of convenience.
This union is actually inevitable as it was never apart to start with, as the clerics have always been the voice of the govern-ment in mosques. The govern-ment (Muslims dominated) on the other hand regularly apply Islamic overtones in national policies, enactments, national issues, messages, and general communication.
The govern-ment, especially Prime Minister Najib is currently under great pressure and is battling for his survival daily as the people are seeking for his removal. In his desperation and running out of bullets fast, the mosque is scrambling to his rescue.
Without fail god will be dragged into their schemes, and what we’re witnessing in this latest effort by the mosque to save him apparently, is to upgrade the PM’s status to a demigod.
Disloyalty to leaders is disloyalty to God, Muslims told in Friday sermon
KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 ― God has decreed that citizens be loyal to the government and its elected leaders for the good of the country, Muslim authorities claimed today.
In its Friday sermon titled “The Measure of Loyalty”, the Federal Territories Islamic Department (Jawi) said it was incorrect to say that only the government had responsibilities and obligations towards the citizens, claiming that the people must also accord the government the respect and loyalty they deserve.
“The decree to be loyal to the country’s leaders does not come from the leaders themselves, but from God. Therefore, if the citizens are disloyal towards the leaders, that means they have been disloyal to God,” Jawi said in a copy of its weekly sermon uploaded on its official site.
“As much as its citizens deserve justice and fairness from the government, the government also deserves to be treated with justice and fairness by its citizens.
“Therefore, as citizens, we must understand and respect the government’s responsibilities, as well as support what has been planned,” it added.
Jawi claimed that instability and unrest in other Muslim countries were because of “mistakes” committed by citizens who have been emotionally influenced by “provocation and incitement”.
The Islamic agency said Malaysia appeared to be very “fragile” with its racial and religious diversity and claimed that peace could only be maintained by being loyal to the government and its leaders, as long as they continued to be fair and just.
“If there are disagreements and differences of opinions, we must immediately return to the guidance provided in the Qur’an and Sunnah and celebrate that opportunity with wisdom and compassion.
“We should not choose to discredit one another, be hostile and defame each other, which could lead to our own destruction. It would be shameful if such disagreements and disloyalties are witnessed by the international community,” the sermon added.
Jawi’s sermon comes amid the latest campaign spearheaded by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad aimed at ousting his successor Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Dr Mahathir, together with other Barisan Nasional veterans, opposition leaders and human rights activists, recently banded together in a “Save Malaysia” movement by signing a Citizens’ Declaration that called for Najib’s removal.
The movement is the latest platform of the former prime minister’s long-running campaign to remove Najib from office.