Malaysia

Ibrahim Ali demands action against Teo over surau visit

By Neville Spykerman
August 29, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 — Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali has joined calls for strong action to be taken against Teo Nie Ching for entering a surau in her constituency last week, saying the Serdang MP must be charged for ‘desecrating’ the Surau Al-Huda.

He said that there was no reason not to take action against the first-term MP, pointing out that the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) had charged former Perlis Mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin for preaching without any accreditation in the state.

“The Selangor Islamic Religious Council must charge the Serdang MP for desecrating the Al-Huda Surau,” Ibrahim (picture) told The Malaysian Insider via short text message (SMS).

The Pasir Mas MP added that the failure to take act was an affront to Selangor ruler, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah who reportedly was upset over the incident.

He also attempted to draw an analogy between Nation of Islam preacher Malcom X, who was gunned down at Manhattan Audubon Ballroom by three Black Muslims in 1965 and Teo’s surau visit which has been highlighted by Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia last Friday.

“In America, Islamic preacher  Malcom X, who preached to Christians and entered their churches was shot dead but in  Selangor an “unclean DAP politician” was dragged into the surau’s prayer room,” said Ibrahim.

He pointed out that those who invited her were PAS and PKR members who are Muslims and she had delivered a Ramadan ceramah to a Muslim congregation.

“The question is whether Allah is teaching us a lesson, for us to ponder together on the reality that PAS is selling out Islam in Malaysia for its political survival in this holy month of Ramadan,” said the leader of the Malay rights movement.

He reiterated that God’s house was desecrated and the incident was sanctioned by PAS for the sake of votes.

“This is the work of Satan who has succeeded in confusing those who claim to be religious but does not follow Islam.” Ibrahim said.

Despite saying she would apologise to the Selangor ruler and explaining what actually happened, Teo and the DAP is taking fire from the likes of Ibrahim, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and Umno Wanita chief Datuk Seri Sharizat Abdul Jalil.

Khairy who described Teo as extremely naïve said her apology was an afterthought, while Sharizat said she had acted in a way that was unbecoming.

The first term MP had expressed dismay that the surau visit in her constituency has been turned into a controversy.

She said it was unfortunate that this incident has been played up by Umno and Utusan Malaysia, explaining that the surau committee had asked her office for money to upgrade their premises which she agreed.

Teo pointed out that she was invited to the surau and was also  invited in to say a few words by the congregation.

She denied speaking on politics during her address.

Mais have announced that they will send a warning letter to Teo.

Its chairman Datuk Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa also said they had taken over the management of the surau.

He also reportedly said that the incident had raised the ire of the Selangor ruler.