Malaysia

We want to slaughter cows, so back off, Muslim group tells Hindu parents

October 20, 2013

A Muslim non-governmental organisation has rejected criticisms by some Hindu parents over the practice of slaughtering animals in school grounds by saying Muslims should not bow to pressure on the issue.

Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia's (Isma) deputy president Aminuddin Yahaya (pic) said Muslims must have the courage to defend their own religious practices.

"Why should we bow to pressure from them (Hindus)? It is as if we do not have our own identity. This is our country and it is an Islamic country," he was quoted by news portal Malaysiakini as saying.

"We want to slaughter cows, who cares? What is the percentage of the Indian community in Malaysia? Only 1% or 2%," he said, adding Malays were over 60% of the population.

Aminuddin was referring to Hindu parents who complained about the use of school grounds to slaughter cows, considered sacred to Hindus, during the recent Hari Raya Haji celebrations.

On a separate issue, Aminuddin said Isma had no problem if Christians wanted to use the word 'Allah' in their prayers.

He noted the Court of Appeal's decision last Monday was only applicable to the Christian publication the Herald, which was banned from using the word 'Allah'.

"The court did not declare a full ban, it was only in the context of the Herald as it had elements of spreading Christianity to Muslims," Malaysiakini quoted him as saying.

"If Christians want to use the word 'Allah' in churches, or in their prayers, go ahead," he said.

Shortly after the appellate court had announced its verdict, Isma president Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman urged Christians who disagreed with the decision of the Court of Appeal to migrate. - October 20, 2013.