Bersatu lodges police report against MIC man for undermining order of Selangor ruler

THE Bersatu Bangi division has lodged a police report against Puchong MIC Division chief Awtar Singh Sidhu for a viral video that the former claimed to have insulted the order of Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah who reminded non-Muslim Malaysians to respect and not interfere in matters related to Islamic affairs in the country.

Bersatu Bangi division chief Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan claimed that the action by Awtar to undermine the decree of Sultan Sharafuddin who is also the Malaysian National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs (MKI) chairman could create a state of disharmony by causing disruption to public order.

“I have asked our Bangi associate wing head Vasantha Kumar Krishnan to lodge the report at the Bangi police station this morning against Awtar for his viral video that was uploaded on his TikTok account (on Dec 30),” Wan Saiful who is also the Tasek Gelugor MP pointed out in a media statement.

“A recent search found that the video had been deleted but it had actually gone viral. Bersatu Bangi urges that the authorities must strictly investigate and take immediate action because there seems to be an atmosphere of bias in the enforcement process these days.”

Added Wan Saiful who is also Bersatu’s supreme council member: “Bersatu Bangi also demanded that Awtar Singh seek forgiveness from His Highness the Sultan of Selangor and all Selangorians for the misdeeds that he has committed.”

To re-cap Awtar has against the backdrop of DAP lawmaker Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham having apologised over his suggestion to include non-Muslims in a special committee formed by the Federal Government to study the Syariah law, pleaded with Muslims to reciprocate by “staying out” of non-Muslim affairs as well.

Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Among others, Awtar cited PAS-ruled states which closed outlets of number forecast operators like Magnum and Sports Toto as part of their across-the-board gambling ban or even prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages.

“You guys want to control everything when you can just refrain from buying Magnum and Sports Toto or abstain from consuming liquor. You guys still meddle in those matters when they have to do with religious freedom of non-Muslims,” he pointed out in a recent video clip.

“Shouldn’t this be construed as interfering in the affairs of non-Muslims by imposing laws to ban gambling or sale of alcoholic beverages?”

The fomer Subang Jaya municipal councillor also went on to hit out at the ‘frequent’ act of demolishing Hindu temples “when we seldom hear of demolishing Chinese places of worship or even mosques”.

“Perhaps historically there are many Hindu temples due to the existence of estates,” he contended.

“Let non-Muslims handle the legality aspect of temples which might be erected illegally. In this regard, municipal councils should appoint a Hindu or Buddhist to sit in their committees to represent non-Muslims when we are confronted with issues related to non-Muslims.” – Jan 8, 2024

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