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Thursday, July 31, 2014

It Was February And Sahul Hameed Has Apologised. Can We Let It Rest.

A screengrab of the YouTube video clip showing Shahul preaching in a forum in Shah Alam in February this year. - July 30, 2014.

This is from Yahoo News :

Hundreds of people gathered in Brickfields today demanding action be taken against an Islamic preacher, Ustaz Shahul Hamid, for insulting Hinduism in a speech at a surau in Shah Alam in February this year.
 
The protest, organised by MIC Youth and several other NGOs, also saw MIC vice-president M Saravanan demand clarification on whether Shahul Hamid, a Penangite, is actually a PAS member.
 
"If it's true, PAS must take action against him," Saravanan said.
 
A video clip of Shahul Hamid's speech has gone viral, in which he is heard telling Muslims not to buy curry powder products from what he deemed as  "Hindu" companies, such as Alagappa's and Baba's.
 
"If you go to the Alagappa's factory near Permatang Pauh, you will see a statue (goddess) at the entrance, and the tongue is out. Why is the tongue out? Because the goddess must taste all the curry powder before they sell it," Shahul Hamid says in the video recording.
 
He subsequently posted a short apology on his Facebook, saying that he made the remarks in a closed-door event and he did not anticipate anyone uploading the video. 
'Action must be taken'
 
But Saravanan said action must be taken against Shahul Hamid and vowed that Indians will not forget about this matter after mere weeks, like how they did with Zulkifli Noordin, the former Perkasa deputy president, who was also captured on video insulting Hindus last year.
 
However, no action was taken against Zulkifli, who has also apologised for his remarks, and he was even subsequently named as BN candidate for the Shah Alam parliamentary seat in the previous general election.
 
Saravanan said a group will protest in front of Shahul Hamid's house in Penang if no action is taken within a week.
 
As of this afternoon, the organisers said more than 400 police reports had been lodged against Shahul Hamid for his insulting speech.

The crowd of about 150 people gathered at the fountain near Little India about 1.15pm and protested for over 40 minutes at the venue.

Among the other prominent personalities who attended were MIC youth chief C Sivaraajh

MIC president G Palanivel also weighed in on the controversy with a statement today, saying that Shahul "should not" have criticised the Hindu religion.
 
"This is not his job. Everybody must respect each other's faith," Palanivel said, while asking Shahul to "apologise to everybody".

My comments : 

Please dont blame UMNO ok. By his appearances I really strongly doubt that Shahul Hameed is an UMNO member. He looks like he is a member of PAS.  

Remember the cow's head in Selangor? No one less than MB Khalid Ibrahim said that it was NOT the work of the UMNO boys.  So please dont blame UMNO for everything.

The Bibles that were seized in Selangor were not seized by UMNO ok. Selangor is ruled by the same Pakatan Rakyat. The boys who seized those Bibles in Selangor were pro PAS boys.  So dont blame UMNO for everything ok.

The Pakatan now rules Selangor for SEVEN years already. Pakatan is in charge.

Shahul Hameed should not have said what he said. Shahul says it was a closed door session and should not have been 'uploaded' by anyone. This is the age of YouTube, Twitter feeds and Facebook. Stuff like this can go viral in seconds. 

However can Saravanan, MIC Youth and Palanivel cool down. The thing happened in February. Why stir it up again after FIVE months. 

Shahul Hameed has already posted an apology.  Can we let it rest.

I think there is a lot of 'cursing and insulting' going on about each other in many private gatherings. I have attended gatherings where Buddhists were complaining about christians. I have attended gatherings where Muslims were complaining about Jews and Christians. I am sure in private a lot of people say a lot of things about a lot of other people and their religions. 

I am sure if every single private conversation or private gathering were uploaded on YouTube everyone will get angry at everyone.  Unfortunately this time this thing went public.
These things will happen again ok. For a certainty. So just learn to ignore them and dont get excited. 

This is why I keep saying that religion - all religion - can be the most destructive force on the surface of the earth.  The human beings already have enough problems to contend with - real problems like jobs, economy, environment, housing, living conditions etc. We really do not need religion to add to our problems.

Take religion out of the public sphere completely.  Religion stays at home. The less religion in the public sphere the better.

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