Kuala Lumpur: It is in no way favorable to Malaysia that people in the country should be discussing whether Islam is the natural religion of the Malays or not as the debate is entirely useless.
These views were shared by the former Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who strongly opposes the debate in the country about natural religion of the Malays and believes it not to be good for anyone.
He said that there is no reason for anyone to bring up the polemics of Islam as the natural religion for the Malays in the country as it will not bring any good to anybody.
He said that the Malays have always been Muslims and this was accepted even before the country achieved its independence in 1957.
Badawi, who is also the Chairman of Institute of Islamic Understanding (IKIM) , observed that the matter was never questioned in the past and stressed that he did not see any reason why it is being raised now.
He said, “The Malays have always accepted the fact that they are Muslims and we all have been living in harmony as there is no reason for anyone to question that.”
“So why it is being questioned now and turned into a polemic?” he questioned.
Badawi was speaking after handing over Deepavali hampers to 350 people from the Kepala Batas constituency.
He did not discount the possibility that those who are questioning the matter have a personal agenda.
He was commenting on a letter to a news portal which argued the rationale of the Malays being compelled to adopt Islam as their religion and questioned why non-Muslims must convert to marry a Muslim.
The letter came following allegations that Lembah Pantai (member of parliament), Nurul Izzah Anwar, had said that people should not be compelled to adopt a particular religion and this should also apply to Malays.
However, the Vice-President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), has since denied that she is supporting apostasy among Muslims.
This prompted the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) to investigate the case and on Friday, Nurul Izzah submitted her complaint and explanation to Jais over the allegation.