The news from Malaysiakini shocked me beyond compare now that there is a god in Malaysia who dictates what Muslims and non-Muslims can do in this country that is Malaysia.
Who is running this country anyhow. Must be Hassan Ali. Let’s for a moment pause and consider his godly commandments.
He talks about Malaysian breweries, who, according to his commandment, will not arrest Muslim working in them, but there is no guarantee this will go on. I am not a Muslim employee in the breweries; but can this goat understand the amount of agony these Muslim employees will have – unemployment, looking for a job, no money etc etc, Hassan does not care. Here again where was he all the time.
Read the rest of the garbage. Is Hassan god implementing what god wants. I purposely used god in the lower case because no human can be God, God, must be fuming or having a good laugh.
Why are our leaders without back-bone, are they willing to allow a misfit with suspicious leanings to make this country free from alcohol. Surely this needs study and further action. Why is Najib not involved – why because this is a religious issue, and he is not qualified to make a statement but Hassan could. Why are other religious leaders frightened of, do they believe Hassan is god.
Something is amiss here.
Crackdown: Breweries not targeted… yet
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Aug 27, 09
The Selangor government will not mobilise mosque officials to arrest Muslims working in breweries but such actions could be taken in future.
According to exco member in charge of Muslim affairs Dr Hassan Ali, mosque officials will only be responsible for their respective kariah or immediate vicinities.
"We have not come to that stage yet," he told reporters yesterday, when asked if the state government would arrest Muslims working in food and beverage outlets that sell alcohol or breweries.
Hassan was explaining the state government’s decision to enforce Section 18 of the Syariah Criminal Procedure (State of Selangor) Enactment 2003.
Under the law, mosque officials – the nazir, imam, bilal and siak – would be granted powers to arrest individuals found contravene Syariah law.
According to Hassan, there are 40 offences which are subject to this law, but the state government is only emphasising two – consumption of alcohol and not fasting during the month of ramadhan.
He said mosque officials were in a better position to take action in rural areas because the Selangor Religious Department (JAIS) and local council enforcement officers were centralised in urban areas and work office hours.
He explained that mosque officials will act on public complaints and bring the offenders to the proper authorities.
Powers of arrest?
Hassan however issued contradictory statements on whether the mosque officials had the powers to arrest. Below is an excerpt of the press conference held at the state secretariat building yesterday:
Hassan: In other words, they are merely the ears and eyes (of the authorities).
Reporter: That is not what has been reported from your previous press conference…
Hassan: No, no, no. You were misreporting. I was very clear on that.
Reporter: So there is no powers of arrest?
Hassan: They can arrest and bring them to the authorities.
Reporter: If there is no enforcement officials present, can they make arrests?
Hassan: Every district has enforcement officers.
Reporter: Meaning, they must arrest people in the presence of enforcement officials and not on their own?
Reporter: So they can approach offenders on their own, but in an advisory capacity?
Hassan: Yes. It is like this, if someone reports to the mosque official that someone is consuming alcohol and the mosque official goes (to take action). He can tangkap (arrest), but he (mosque officials) cannot impose penalties.
Reporter: Under what law are mosque officials allowed to make arrests?
Hassan: It says so under the authority card (issued to them).
Reporter: So the mosque officials have powers of arrests?
Hassan: Yes, but not as wide as the enforcement officials.
Reporter: What if the offender does not cooperate?
Hassan: They normally will go in groups. Their role is to advise. ‘You have made a mistake, come follow us to see the authorities’. If that person fights back, the enforcement officials will take action.
Reporter: You are contradicting what you said earlier. You said mosque officials can make arrests.
Hassan: It is like this, if someone in a village is found drinking, they (the mosque officials) can arrest him and take him to the authorities.
Reporter: Are they allowed to use handcuffs?
‘There is no rush’
Meanwhile, Hassan blamed Umno and Barisan Nasional for Muslims working in breweries, adding that the problem had existed for 50 years.
He indicated that the matter would be resolved in three stages – awareness, education and enforcement.
"Only at the final stage we will take appropriate action based on the provisions in that enactment. There is no rush," he said.
"We want the effect to be good to the Malays, Muslims and all Malaysians. This will be accepted by both Muslims and non-Muslims. That is important," he added.
Two of the biggest breweries in the country are located in Selangor – one in Petaling Jaya and in the Muslim-majority state capital of Shah Alam.