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STOP THE GENOCIDE OF THE ROHINGYAS IN MYANMAR

PRESS RELEASE BY MUSLIM PROFESSIONALS FORUM (MPF)

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

STOP THE GENOCIDE OF THE ROHINGYAS IN MYANMAR

 

1 September 2017 / Eidul Adha 1438

 

The current genocide of the Rohingyas by Myanmarese forces has captured world attention. Civil societies around the world are outraged by the daily images of the brutal atrocities flooding mainstream and other media.

In a chilling UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report dated 3 February 2017, mass gang rape, slaughtering of babies and children, torture and inhuman treatment were detailed.

The past week has witnessed yet another wave of military crackdown on the Rohingyas in Myanmar’s Rakhine state killing an estimated 3 thousand civilians. 10 thousand homes and shops were razed to the ground, creating thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). Forced to flee their homes for the nearest country, scores are now trapped between two countries and wanted by neither.

The devastating cruelty described by the UN as “very likely commission of crimes against humanity”” follows a long standing and systematic persecution of Rohingyas. Decades of abuses, violations, discriminatory policies, exclusion and marginalization has rendered them the most persecuted people in the world.

The deafening silence of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her government’s repeated refusal to allow … [Read more]

Civil Society Condemns Death Threats Against Bersih 2.0 Leaders

24 October 2016
Civil Society Condemns Death Threats Against Bersih 2.0 Leaders

We, the undersigned organizations, are extremely appalled and strongly condemn the death threats against the chairperson of Bersih 2.0, Maria Chin and her three children, former Chair of Bersih 2.0 and current president of National Human Rights Society, Ambiga Sreenevasan and Bersih 2.0 staff, Mandeep Singh. Following these threats on October 18, the car of one of Maria’s sons was splashed with red paint and chicken blood on October 20.

These deplorable death threats were received by Maria Chin via whatsapp messages in which the faces of all those named above were superimposed next to a person holding a knife over their heads.

Since the organizers launched the nationwide convoys to mobilize support for Bersih 5 rally on November 19, threats and attacks have been escalating. These came immediately after a series of attacks by red shirted thugs led by UMNO’s Sungai Besar division chief Jamal Md Yunus after he failed to stop the Bersih convoys. The sequence of events suggests a systematic and coordinated plan to stop Bersih 2.0 through physical violence culminating in death threats to instill fear in Bersih leaders and staff and the general public.

More alarming is the … [Read more]

Response of the Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (Imam)* on Issues Surrounding Termination of Pregnancy (Top) of Women Infected with the Zika Virus

9 September 2016
 
PRESS STATEMENT
RESPONSE OF THE ISLAMIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA (IMAM)* ON ISSUES SURROUNDING TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY (TOP) OF WOMEN INFECTED WITH THE ZIKA VIRUS
1.     IMAM takes serious cognizance of the aforementioned issues as deliberated by both the Mufti of the Federal Territories (http://www.muftiwp.gov.my/index.php/perkhidmatan-s/bl/1165-bayan-linnas-siri-68-hukum-hukum-berkaitan-virus-zika) and the Minister of Health (http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/09/06/subra-on-abortions-for-those-with-zika/).
2.     The obstetrician & gynaecologist is often in a dilemma when presented with circumstances involving TOP because it involves the professional code of ethics, whereby one promises to save and protect lives throughout one’s professional career.
3.     TOP is a major issue not only within medical circles but also within the context of bio-ethics and religion. In Islam, two higher objectives of the Islamic jurisprudence (Maqasid Shari’ah), is the preservation and protection of life (Hifz an-Nafs) and progeny (Hifz an-Nasl).
4.     IMAM urges that any recommendations or decisions about TOP in Zika infected pregnant women is managed with extreme care and sensitivity to avoid any misunderstandings and injustice to the patient and the foetus.
5.     The presence of legal statutes and clinical recommendations on TOP from the relevant authorities provides a general guideline … [Read more]

BDS Malaysia on planned FIFA Congress 2017

BDS Malaysia salutes the decision of the Malaysian government to maintain its stance of not allowing representatives of Israel to attend any meeting in Malaysia including the planned FIFA congress in May 2017. This is in line and in the spirit of BDS Israel, an international call by civil societies across the globe to boycott and isolate Israel for its continued oppression of the Palestinians.
(http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/08/165129/better-malaysia-not-host-fifa-congress-says-zahid)

BDA Malaysia wishes to remind everyone that Israel has kept Palestinians under a brutal military occupation and they have been subjected to countless atrocities for decades, including genocide and ethnic cleansing. Israel has also flouted international law on many occasions and continues to maintain an apartheid policy despite repeated condemnations by the international community.

The sacrifice of not being able to host the FIFA congress is minuscule compared to the sufferings of millions of Palestinians living in Israel, under occupation in the West bank and under siege in Gaza. Then there are those in diaspora unable to return to their land and homes despite being granted that right under international law.

Palestinian athletes, as with all other Palestinians, are subject to Israel’s injustice. Palestinian national footballer Mahmoud Sarsak was detained for 3 years without trial or charge. … [Read more]

Press Statement on Muslim Scholar, Dr Zakir Naik

10 July 2016 / 5 Ramadhan 1437

 

Press Statement on Muslim Scholar, Dr Zakir Naik

 

Musa Mohd Nordin FRCPCH

Maszlee Malik PhD

Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)

 

Much has been said and written about the Muslim scholar, Dr Zakir Naik (DZN). Many are genuinely concerned about his style of preaching which they allege impinge abrasively on other religions (https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/348041).

 

Many others link his fiery speeches to potential IS threat to national security (https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/348000).

 

The media unashamedly sensationalized and tarnished the discourse by reporting that the militants in the terror attacks in Dhaka, Bangladesh, were inspired by him (http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/acharya-pramod-krishnam-demands-arrest-of-zakir-naik-for-inspiring-dhaka-attackers-2902041/).

 

The Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF) has stood on the sidelines since his early presence in Malaysia because we do not subscribe to his dialectical and combative approach, overbearing Islam over others, conscious or unconsciously proselytizing, and oftentimes oblivious of the local context and demography.

 

This differentiates the muballigh (preacher) ZN from our conception of a dai (Islamic worker). Islam’s concept of al-Hanifiyah (Semitic tradition) is the divine prescription towards all other non-Islamic religions. It allows “all the other religions” to be fully “others” without any reduction, deconstruction or relativisation. It acknowledges the plurality of religions and allows the adherents of all religions the plurality of laws … [Read more]

IMAM Official Press Statement regarding the effects of vaccination

ISLAMIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA OFFICIAL PRESS STATEMENT

The Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (IMAM) would like to express our objections to the recent article published by Sinar Harian dated 27th June 2016 regarding the effects of vaccination.

2. Among others, the Sinar Harian article alleged that vaccination was responsible for causing the child to be disabled. The unfortunate events surrounding the child’s disability was neither investigated nor independently verified.

3. The effect of such misleading news and poor investigative reporting would only be detrimental to the continuing efforts of the Ministry of Health to promote the National Immunisation Program towards eliminating vaccine preventable disease and mitigating the current outbreaks of measles and diphtheria.

4. IMAM urges the mass media and news agencies to investigate thoroughly and verify these claims of Adverse Effects Following Immunisations (AEFI). Vaccines are administered to healthy children and adults. Therefore, they are manufactured to meet the most stringent and highest standards of safety. Before vaccines are licensed, the National Regulatory Authorities (NRA) requires many years of research, clinical trials and testing to ensure safety. This process may take 10-15 years or longer. In the majority of cases, vaccines are effective in protecting the person from disease and cause no … [Read more]

Honour and Dignity for All Mankind

Maszlee Malik PhD

Musa Mohd Nordin FRCPCH

Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)

 

‘If your Lord so willed, He could have made mankind one people. (al-Qur’an 11:118)

 

But, He created them in diverse forms to dwell in His kingdom. God created the different sexes and ethnic groups among mankind (30:22) that they might know and understand each other (49:13).

 

“O mankind!  We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (li ta’Arafu)”. (al-Qur’an 49:13)

 

The famous Tunisian Islamic scholar, Tahir Ibn Ashur in his commentary of this verse, mentioned that the import of piety after emphasizing the pluralistic nature of humankind was to educate mankind the true meaning of humility and mutual recognition through the practice of mutually knowing each other (Ibn Ashur, Tahir (no date), al-Tahrir wa al-Tanwir, Tunis: Dar Suhnun, 10/259).

 

Islam commands the believers to embrace diversity because it is part of the law of nature (Sunnatullah) that He created. It acknowledges the plurality of religions and allows the adherents of all religions the plurality of laws to govern their lives within the aegis of their religious beliefs and principles (see al-Quran: 8:72–5; 35:32; 4:95; 60:8–9).

 

The call of Islam … [Read more]

BDS Malaysia Press Release: Boycott Apartheid Israel

27 December 2015
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Malaysia (BDS Malaysia) PRESS RELEASE
BOYCOTT APARTHEID ISRAEL

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Malaysia (BDS Malaysia) is very concerned with the recent statement by Perak DAP leader, Chong Zhemin regarding the decision by the Malaysian government to refuse  visas to two Israeli windsurfers due to participate in the Youth Sailing World Championships in Langkawi.
Notwithstanding his retraction, we are nonetheless bewildered as to why he issued it in the first place.

There is a growing global movement that is protesting the ethnic cleansing, racial apartheid and military occupation of Palestine by Israel. Sports have not been spared by the Israeli authorities. Palestinian footballers have been killed, stadiums bombed and players have been refused permission to travel to matches.

Following a campaign by Palestinian sports team and activists across Europe, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) rejected an Israeli bid to host games during the 2020 European Championships.

World soccer superstars, the likes of Christiano Ronaldo, Brazilian Ronaldo and Eric Cantona are active campaigners for boycotting Israel, calling it a racist state, which violates human rights.

BDS campaign “ADIDAS: Don’t run with Israeli Apartheid” finally ended ADIDAS sponsorship of the Jerusalem marathon.

BDS has evolved into a truly global human rights based movement … [Read more]

MPF Press Release on “HALAL TROLLEYS”

The recent media report where the minister for Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan (KPDNKK) was quoted as saying that his ministry is mulling a new legislation that requires supermarkets nationwide provide separate trolleys for halal and non-halal products naturally drew many negative comments.

Whilst the ministry’s worry about the viability of the proposed new legislation is the significant cost it would incur on businesses concerned, for many it is the further segregation of Muslims and non-Muslims that is uppermost. The last thing we need is a new law that will likely exacerbate polarization along religious and racial lines.

Before the ministry comes up with the idea of legislation, we wonder to what extent, such a measure is demanded by Muslims apart from that espoused by the spokesperson of Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM), Datuk Nadzim Johan, “Ia satu cadangan yang baik kerana akan mendidik masyarakat untuk memahami batasan dan keperluan rakyat pelbagai kaum dan agama.”

Or from the deputy president of  FOMCA, Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahman who agreed with the idea, “terutamanya bagi mencegah pencampuran produk halal dan tidak halal, yang boleh membawa kepada pencemaran silang (cross-contamination).”

And if a significant proportion of Muslims sees it as a necessity or a priority … [Read more]

Press Release: "Kesetiaan Kepada Raja Dan Negara"

7 October 2015
Press Release:”Kesetiaan Kepada Raja Dan Negara”

The Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF) applaud the statement issued by the Conference of Malay Rulers on the 1MDB debacle.

The sentiments expressed shows that our Rulers are cognizant and sensitive towards the impasse and doldrums faced by their subjects in the quest for resolution of this highly charged national dilemma.

The MPF fully concur with the Rulers’ decree for an immediate and urgent probe into 1MDB to mitigate the economic hardship that is currently being suffered by the rakyat, corporations, businesses and the Malaysian economy at large.

A comprehensive and transparent investigation needs to be undertaken and without any interference from anyone, to diagnose the economic malady and bring to justice the guilty individuals or parties.

This SOS economic plea has been echoed by the lay public, key opinion leaders, civil society and professional economic institutions to address the “elephant in the room” which would otherwise threaten our economic stability and national security.

Anything less than this would erode the trust of the rakyat and the confidence of international markets and junk us as a perilously failed nation. It is imperative that the political governance heed the call of the Malay Rulers’ Conference and act NOW.

As enshrined in … [Read more]