SUARAM’s candlelight vigil at Esplanade, Penang. (The photo is from Generasi Pejuang Bangsa/ GPB).
Suara Rakyat Malaysia’s, (SUARAM) Candlelight Vigil was held at the Esplanade in Penang on May 13, 2013.
I would like to say three things about the above picture:
There is a man wearing Muslim attire in the photo – Didn’t he knows that Muslims should not join Candlelight Vigil?
The candles on the ground forms the sentence, “TOLAK RASISM!!!” – Who are they referring to?
The second banner from left says; “APA WE MAO? Bersih Lah” – Why did they use the word ‘MAO’ when they should know that the right word in Bahasa Melayu is ‘mahu’; so they actually humiliates the Malays, especially when the word ‘Mao’ is synonym to Mao Zedong, a communist leader from China.
GPB wrote that:
“Turut hadir beberapa anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN), termasuk (Sungai Puyu) dan Dr Afif Bahardin (Seberang Jaya).”
I am sad to see Muslims who do not understand that Muslims cannot take part in any Candlelight Vigil activity and PAS who supports SUARAM does not care to warn the PR’s Muslims about this.
And in referring to them using the word ‘MAO’ instead of ‘mahu’, I want to ask SUARAM, now who are the ones who are actually racist?
It is easy to say bad things about others but it is hard to admit our own mistakes and for SUARAM, they are always perfect and like all the PR leaders, members and supporters – BN is never right and they would try to blame BN for whatever mistake that they ever made.
Muzakarah Jawatankuasa Fatwa Majlis Kebangsaan Bagi Hal Ehwal Ugama Islam Malaysia Kali Ke-88 yang bersidang pada 2 Oktober 2009 telah membincangkan Hukum Penglibatan Orang Islam Dalam Aktiviti Candlelight Vigil. Muzakarah telah memutuskan bahawa:
Islam melarang umatnya daripada terlibat dalam apa jua amalan yang bersifat ritual atau upacara agama bukan Islam.
Umat Islam dilarang menyertai aktiviti Candlelight Vigil kerana ia mengandungi unsur-unsur tasyabbuh dengan agama bukan Islam yang akan menjejaskan akidah umat Islam.