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Harapan's hijab mendacity

S Thayaparan

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Modified 21 Apr 2019, 11:14 pm
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“I am thankful to all the state assemblypersons who wore the headscarf in support of the solidarity campaign.”
- Sungai Kandis assemblyperson Zawawi Ahmad Mughni

COMMENT | The quote above refers to an event where non-Muslim reps donned the headscarf in a show of solidarity with their Muslim counterparts after the New Zealand mosque massacre.

Sungai Kandis assemblyperson Zawawi Ahmad Mughni also said this about his “solidarity moment”: “It is also an effort to show all Malaysians that we must be united in rejecting all forms of extremism and radicalism as these breed violence and destruction."

Think back before the historic election last year, where non-Muslim candidates were donning headscarves and mixing with Muslims in mosques in urban centres to demonstrate that non-Muslims and Muslims were working together to overthrow the regime of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.

At the time the de facto Islamic affairs minister was the darling of the opposition movement. A Muslim politician who was the go-to guy whenever an Islamic controversy cropped up that needed some Muslim cover.

Hannah Yeoh’s biography causing a stir in the Malay far right? No problem. The affable Mujahid Yusof Rawa to the rescue to pose with the book, and reassure Malays they would still be Muslims if they read the book.

“Anyone can write, based on any theme they choose. Yeoh brought the theme of God and talked about how God had helped her and so forth.“

“People of all faiths can have a similar experience based on their different beliefs and interpretations of God...

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