Walking On Eggshells (Islamic Sensitivities)

Malaysian Muslims are a pretty sensitive lot. They are always protesting against non-Muslims for insulting Islam. One can only be amazed at how the slightest action is considered offensive to Islam. Non-Muslims indeed are walking on eggshells.  On they other hand, Muslims enjoy full immunity even though they continually attack other religions, e.g. anti-Christian literature abundantly available in bookstores everywhere and Islamic dakwah attacks on non-Muslim religions in YouTube.

I personally have no problem with  religious polemics. Only let the  truth claims of all religions be presented fairly. Let the exchange between religious thinkers be free from interference from the authorities. Intellectual honesty and courteous critique must be the foundation for civilized plural society in the 21st century.TV3 meekly accepted the punishment rather than challenge the authorities in court. But then, if your broadcast license has to be renewed yearly (a requirement imposed on all mainstream media organiizations) you better submit to the authorities with all humility. News editors and media managers should all know how to behave! No wonder Malaysia scores a lowly position of 141 out of 178 countries in the World Press Freedom Index (cf. latest report from Reporters Without Borders).


TV3 fined RM50,000 for humiliating and insulting Islam
By Clara Chooi

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 — TV3 has been slapped with the maximum RM50,000 compound for its controversial Hari Raya advertisement Sinari Lebaran as it had “humiliated and insulted” Islam.

Information, Communication and Culture Deputy Minister Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum, in his reply to a question from Zulkifli Noordin (Ind-Kulim-Bandar Baru) during Question Time in Parliament this morning, confirmed that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had completed its investigation of complaints made against the advertisement under section 206(3) of the MCMC Act and had decided to slap the television station with the maximum compound.

“In reference to the case, which was said to have insulted and humiliated Islam, TV3’s Sinari Lebaran, I would like to state here that MCMC has completed its investigation and has decided to fine TV3 with the maximum compound of RM50,000 under the Act,” he told the House.

TV3 took the advertisement off the air just before Hari Raya following objections from several Muslim groups who complained that it contained elements of Christmas in it and was degrading to Islam.

The advertisement showed an avuncular white-haired man taking children to a fantasy land on a flying trishaw, which bore much resemblance to Santa Claus and his reindeer-powered sleigh.

TV3’s news anchors apologised during their prime-time news broadcast and the commercial was axed.

In his question today, Zulkifli said the advertisement was an insult and degrading to Islam….LINK


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