Where was Dr Hassan on the Red Rock Hotel controversy?

Selangor PAS Commissioner and Selangor State Government Exco for religious affairs Dr Hassan Md Ali

Upholding the Federation of Malaysia Constitution in the administration and position of Islam and Muslims, Selangor Exco-in-charge of Relgious Affairs Dr Hassan Md Ali defended the actions of his JAIS men raiding a Methodist Church in Damansara Utama on Wednesday night.

The Star report on this:

Friday August 5, 2011

Hasan claims event was to proselytise Muslims

PETALING JAYA: Selangor executive councillor Datuk Dr Hasan Ali has defended the raid on Damansara Utama Methodist Church, claiming there was evidence of proselytisation towards Muslims.

“We carried out the raid after receiving information there were Muslims at a breaking-of-fast event at the church.

“In the early part of the event, a person was quoting the words Quran’ and pray’ in the speech,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He said the Jais enforcement team and the police came at the end of the event and made checks although they were stopped by the organisers.

“The main organiser, believed to be a Muslim, had negotiated for almost an hour with the team leader of the operation to ensure that the investigation would only take place after the event ended,” he added.

Dr Hasan said the authorities had found materials to prove there was non-Islamic preaching although there were attempts to get rid of the evidence.

“Some of the participants tried to escape via the back door of the premises but they were stopped by Jais officers,” he said.

According to the statement, there were 12 Muslims at the event and they had been ordered to turn up at the Jais enforcement office for further investigation.

“There was no raid and arrest made. Jais only conducted examinations after negotiations with the organisers.

“Based on initial investigations, those involved can be charged under Section 10 of the Syariah Criminal Enactment 1995,” he said.

In an immediate response, a Jais official said the raid was justified.

“The public will soon know why we carried out the raid,” he said.

“But we can’t furnish details at the moment because it may jeopardise our investigation.” The official said they have submitted a report to the state government.

“We hope all quarters will stop speculating. Wait for the outcome of the investigation,” he said.

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Also read NST’s take on this:

Exco man explains Jais raid

2011/08/05
By Mazlinda Mahmood
news@nst.com.my
KUALA LUMPUR: A Selangor state executive councillor said yesterday the state Islamic Religious Department (Jais) carried out the raid on Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) on Wednesday night after it received a tip-off that Muslims were attending a function there.

Datuk Dr Hasan Mohamed Ali, who is state Muslim Affairs, Malay Customs, Infrastructure and Public Amenities Committee chairman, said there was evidence of “proselytising of Muslims by non-Muslims”.

During the 9pm raid, a speech was being delivered and the word, “Quran” was mentioned.
Hasan said the main organiser, believed to be a Muslim, had a discussion for nearly an hour with the head of the Jais operations, requesting the raid to be conducted after the function.

He added that nearing the end of the function, the Jais team with police officers conducted checks despite an attempt to stop them.

“The team found an attempt by some to escape through the back door of the premises, but managed to stop them,” he said in a statement.
Hasan said checks revealed that there were 12 Muslims at the function but no arrest was made.

They had, however, been told to appear at Jais’ enforcement division for investigations.

Based on preliminary investigations, those involved were liable to be charged under Section 10 of the Syariah Criminal Enactment 1995.
Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said Jais had been instructed to submit a full report on the raid.

He said the state government viewed the incident seriously and he had personally called DUMC’s senior pastor, Daniel Ho, to express his regrets.

“I told him that the state has instructed Jais to provide a full report detailing the incident, including their justification for their action that night.

“I hope to meet the pastor again once the report is completed.”

Meanwhile, DUMC is demanding action against Jais for trespassing and harassment.

In a statement yesterday, Ho recounted how a group of 20 to 30 Jais enforcement and police officers entered its premises at the Dream Centre in Petaling Jaya late on Wednesday night without a warrant and intimidated about 120 guests, including 15 Muslims, at its private dinner.

“They subjected all the guests at the thanksgiving dinner to undue harassment,” he said, adding that not all members of the enforcement group were in uniform and they had failed to produce a copy of the complaint when asked for the reason for the raid.

Ho stressed that the dinner was non-religious in nature, but was held to celebrate the work of non-profit organisation Harapan Komuniti in helping women, children, HIV/AIDS sufferers and victims of natural disasters.

Shah Alam member of parliament Khalid Samad also condemned Jais’ action and urged the department to apologise to the church.

“This is not right. They (Jais) cannot simply storm into a church or any other religious institution without getting their facts right.”
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This admist fury amongst his Opposition partners-of-unholy-marriage-of-(in)conveniences-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows, Chinese Chauvinist DAP was on their usual tone and decibel level:

Published: Friday August 5, 2011 MYT 1:49:00 PM
Updated: Friday August 5, 2011 MYT 2:10:31 PM

Church raid: Hasan’s defence of Jais an act of breaking ranks, says DAP

He said Jai’s “gatecrashing” of a multi-racial dinner at the Damansara Utara Methodist Church Wednesday night was deplorable, and detrimental to efforts to build an open, tolerant and harmonious plural Malaysian society.

The Mentri Besar’s swift response Thursday expressing regret was both timely and appropriate, Lim said in a statement Friday.

However, Lim added that the public defence of Jais’ action by Dr Hasan, the state exco member in charge of Islamic affars, was a matter of concern.

“It is an act of breaking ranks in the Selangor state government,” Lim said.

Meanwhile, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Malaysia Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing called on Jais to furnish proof of the claim that there was proselytisation of Muslims at the dinner or apologise for its action.

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Naturally, the Christians were fuming mad.

Read Berita Harian’s report on the case. There is an unnamed Muslim who has been attending all these meets, when he or she had financial difficulties. Amongst those who attended are single mothers.

JAIS, polis serbu umat Islam dalam gereja

Oleh Norfatimah Ahmad, Khairul Azran Hussin dan Shaarani Ismail
bhnews@bharian.com.my
2011/08/05

PEGAWAI JAIS dan  polis memeriksa Dewan DMC di Seksyen 13, Petaling Jaya didakwa menyebarkan agama Kristian melalui seminar dan ceramah kepada orang Islam, malam semalam.

PEGAWAI JAIS dan polis memeriksa Dewan DMC di Seksyen 13, Petaling Jaya didakwa menyebarkan agama Kristian melalui seminar dan ceramah kepada orang Islam, malam semalam.

12 Muslim didapati menghadiri majlis diselit perkataan al-Quran

SHAH ALAM: Penguat kuasa Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS) menyerbu Gereja Methodist Damansara Utama di Petaling Jaya, malam kelmarin, selepas mendapat maklumat orang Islam menghadiri majlis di gereja berkenaan.

 Ketika serbuan dilakukan kira-kira jam 9 malam, kelihatan seseorang sedang mengadakan pengucapan awam yang ucapannya ada diselitkan perkataan al-Quran dan terdapat bukti kegiatan penyebaran agama bukan Islam terhadap penganut agama Islam.
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Hal-Ehwal Islam, Adat-Adat Melayu, Infrastruktur dan Kemudahan Awam Selangor, Datuk Dr Hasan Mohamed Ali, berkata anggota penguat kuasa JAIS bersama polis menjalankan pemeriksaan di premis itu walaupun dihalang penganjur.

Katanya, penganjur utama dipercayai beragama Islam berunding hampir sejam bersama ketua pasukan operasi agar pemeriksaan ke atas tempat dan individu tidak dilakukan sehingga majlis selesai.

“Selepas majlis hampir tamat, penguat kuasa dan polis membuat pemeriksaan meskipun terdapat cubaan menghalang mereka dan melupuskan bahan bukti,” katanya dalam kenyataan di sini, semalam.

Pegawai penguat kuasa JAIS dan polis mendapati ada cubaan untuk melarikan diri melalui pintu belakang premis tetapi berjaya dihalang.
Hasan berkata, terdapat 12 orang beragama Islam menghadiri majlis itu, namun tiada tangkapan dibuat dan mereka diarah hadir di Bahagian Penguatkuasaan JAIS untuk siasatan lanjut.

“Berpandukan kepada siasatan awal mereka yang terbabit boleh didakwa mengikut Seksyen 10 Enakmen Jenayah Syariah 1995,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, berkata kerajaan negeri memandang serius insiden itu dan secara peribadi menghubungi Pastor Daniel Ho bagi menyatakan kekesalan.

“Saya memberitahu beliau bahawa saya sudah minta JAIS menyediakan laporan penuh mengenai insiden ini, termasuk sebab terperinci serbuan dilakukan.

“Saya berharap dapat berjumpa dengan Pastor Daniel Ho sebaik laporan lengkap ini diterima,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini, semalam.

KUALA LUMPUR: Persekutuan Kristian Malaysia (CFM) kecewa dan terkejut dengan tindakan JAIS dan polis menyerbu Gereja Methodist Damansara Utama yang dianggap sebagai tidak wajar.

Pengerusi CFM Biskop, Datuk Ng Moon Hing, berkata pihaknya akan memanggil beberapa pihak berkaitan supaya satu siasatan menyeluruh dapat dijalankan berhubung kejadian itu.

“Sejak kebelakangan ini, kita menyaksikan peningkatan insiden dengan orang Kristian menjadi sasaran tuduhan tidak berasas serta prejudis pelbagai kumpulan termasuk beberapa media arus perdana yang membuat kenyataan berbaur menghasut dan bercanggah dengan semangat 1Malaysia,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan.

(Pls read the hardcorpy of the story, pg 10 Friday 5 Aug 2011’s edition.

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This is very serious.

Lets compare what happened in Damansara Utama to what happened at the Red Rock Hotel on MacAlister Road in Penang, on 5 May 2011. The scope and degree may be different but the magnitude of the problem and reaction was almost at the same temperature. In that event (which later was substantiated with the admission of then Jelutong DAP man Mohd. Razali A Rahman) that MP for Jelutong was at a dinner party where they vowed “To have a Christian as the Prime Minister” and eventually “Make Christianity as one of the official religion of Malaysia”.

That reporting created a controversy, almost to a point of dis-stability. Of course, the church leaders denied the vow was made.

However, where was Dr Hassan Ali in that controversy? If he believed the actions of his JAIS officers two nights ago, surely he would dare to voice his deep discern on how some of the zestful Pastors were alleged to make those vows. Interesting enough, Kulim-Bandar Bahru MP Dato’ Zulkifli Nordin also claimed that there were movements trying to displace Islam as the religion of the Federation of Malaysia.

PAS Commissioner Dr Hassan and DAP Ronnie Liu became 'friends' again, after the beer issue

For the record, this is not the first time Selangor PAS and DAP leaders went after each other. The issue of the sale of beers in a convenience store near to the State Mosque is still fresh in our minds. However, PAS comprised and they ‘settled’ the issue by burying it under the carpet somewhere.

Will the PAS Leadership stand behind Dr Hassan on this one, especially he is the PAS Selangor Commissioner? How will liberal PAS Leaders such as Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Khalid Awang, who are both MPs from Selangor react to all these?

Interesting enough, Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim immediate reaction was to ‘apologise’. He was quick to want to meet Senior Pastor Daniel Ho, to explain. Then again, when the situation was the other way around and deemed insulting to the Muslims and majority, did Selangor DAP Boss apologise for any of these:

1. DAP Seputeh MP Theresa Kok against the ‘azan’ issue

2. DAP Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching when she dressed inappropriately and spoke just infront of the Mimbar in her constituency during last year’s Ramadhan

3. Non Malay protesters which include Chinese and some DAP members rushed (some without taking of their footwears) into the Masjid Negara upon the Police taking action to disperse the mob, during the demonstration to submit the memorandum on the water issue to the Federal Government

There you go. Selangor PKR is very careful in taking care of the feelings for the minority Chinese but not the majority Malay Muslims. So many questions loom in the rakyat’s mind.Very interesting answers expected.

*Updated 400pm

Now its time to shut-up, Khalid tells everyone in Selangor. It looks that they are desperate to do ‘damage control’:

Published: Friday August 5, 2011 MYT 3:13:00 PM
Updated: Friday August 5, 2011 MYT 3:17:06 PM

Church raid: MB issues gag order, to seek Sultan’s advice

PETALING JAYA: The Selangor state government will seek the advice of Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah to resolve the issue involving State Religious Department (Jais) officials raiding a multi-faith dinner held in a church on Wednesday.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said action on Jais will be determined after he has presented a report detailing the incident to the Sultan.

He has also ordered a gag on the issue on all state exco members.

“As soon as Jais gives (me) the report, I will seek an audience with the Sultan to obtain the advice of His Royal Highness to resolve this issue and to ensure that similar incidents do not reoccur.

“Until a decision has been made and the issue resolved, all state exco members are prohibited from making any statements relating to this incident,” Khalid said in a statement issued by his press secretariat Friday.

He also reiterated the state government’s regret over the incident.

“We are convinced that the people of Selangor felt their rights were not defended.

“Good intention and purpose do not justify actions that fail to exhibit justice and wisdom when leading the community,” said Khalid.

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Situation is looking very bad for the Opposition-led Selangor State Government. And now, lets wait for the drama that shall precede from this point.

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