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Malaysian PM says Law must take its Course in Najib Case

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Mahathir Mohamad says he will honour the separation of powers regarding the corruption case.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has told Al Jazeera the law should take its course in the case of the prosecution of former Prime Minister Najib Razak.

“The law must take its course and if the attorney general finds sufficient evidence of acts that are criminal then the AG takes the decision,” Mahathir said during an interview with Talk to Al Jazeera.

“One of our [election] promises was that we would honour the separation of powers between the legislative, executive and judiciary, so I cannot interfere with what the attorney general wants to do,” he added. (Source: 05 July, 2018)



These are interesting times in Malaysian politics! Amidst the cries of a New Malaysia, the new coalition government is arresting members of the new opposition in record numbers accusing them of corruption. Former ‘political appointees’ are either being shamed into resignation or sacked in ‘the great purge’ of ‘Pakatan Harapan’ (‘Hope Coalition’ in the Melayu language).  With respect to the impact to Islam, there are interesting parallels elsewhere in the Middle East: righteous indignation, accusations of ‘corruption’, arrests, then the assault of extremist ‘liberalisation’ against Islam.

Malaysian judiciary as a whole has come off looking rather shabby in all of this. Mahathir brought in, then groomed, Anwar as his successor. Then Anwar was subjected to the ‘course of law’. Now the previous judgements of the Malaysian judiciary is being pushed aside and he has obtained a Royal pardon. Mahathir subsequently championed Najib, supported him and now Najib, in turn, is being subjected to the ‘course of law’. Even if the standards and integrity of Malaysian judiciary now appear indecisive at best, the institution’s apparent subservience to the power of the day is at least, more consistent.

However, all of the arrests, media excitement and the relentless drone of righteous indignation from the new coalition government are merely the side-shows to distract from and facilitate the more insidious developments about to beset the Muslims of Malaysia.

Along with the New Malaysia, there is now the New Mahathir who appears to have embraced a new standard of moral ‘ethics’. His former political enemies and, worryingly, the global liberal agenda against Islam or as the liberals call it ‘extremist’ Islam.

The unholy alliance of the 3 key coalition partners needed each other. Mahathir and the DAP political party (mainly Chinese kuffar considered by many as being in reality racist and anti-Islam) and Anwar’s PKR (secular) political party are pushing for an Islam open to re or new interpretation by any, friend or foe, knowledgeable or ignorant of Islam alike. Some of his supporters even advocate a position that rejects the taking of hadith as a source of legislation, the so-called ‘anti-hadith’. These anti-hadith were previously arrested and not celebrated. But then there is a New Malaysia, which requires a ‘new’ Islam.

The new liberal government of Malaysia isn’t merely about removing corruption and ‘rescuing’ Malaysia; their agenda is to establish the kuffar minority permanently as a political power (not only economic) and a change in ideological basis and direction, using their ‘remade Islam’ to facilitate and justify their actions and keep the Muslim majority compliant. The implications are not yet clear to the Muslims who were duped into voting in Mahathir whom they trust, riding on the gaggle of those that would do harm to Islam.

Islam requires that we rule and judge only by Islam. Islam stands against all corruption and corrupted leaders, not only the ones during the time of Najib, but also those before and to come. Islam does not permit the rule of kufr or taghut. Islam is not secular like other religions; it has a complete system of rule and judgement, where judges are not made to bow down to any other than Allah (swt).

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ادْخُلُوا فِي السِّلْمِ كَافَّةً وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ

“O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy”. [2:208]

O Sincere Muttaqeen of Malaysia, we must hearken to Allah (swt) when He warns us,

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا الْكَافِرِينَ أَوْلِيَاءَ مِن دُونِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَتُرِيدُونَ أَن تَجْعَلُوا لِلَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ سُلْطَانًا مُّبِينًا

“O you who have believed, do not take the disbelievers as allies instead of the believers. Do you wish to give Allah against yourselves a clear case?” [4:144]

There is an agenda to ‘remake’ Islam in the image of the West, as there is now in Saudi Arabia, there is now the new Malaysian Islam. Watch this space.


Muhammad Hamzah