PETALING JAYA: Lawyer and social activist Azhar Harun has questioned why Muslims in Malaysia are upset over the recent ban of the burkini in France since Muslims make up only a minority of the population there and Christians, the majority.
In a Facebook post where he deals with the subject of the burkini ban, Art, as he is popularly known, said although he himself was opposed to the ban on the grounds that it went against basic “universal human rights”, Malaysian Muslims have imposed their values on other people just as they have accused the French Government of doing now to the Muslims in France.
“It must be remembered however that there are many Muslims in Malaysia who have been preaching the imposition of their values on other people.
“Some Muslims even want to impose their version of Islamic teachings on non-Muslims,” he said, citing the ban of “sexy posters” by the Kelantan Government and calls for non-Muslims not to wear “sexy” clothes during Ramadhan as two such examples.
He said the prevailing argument was that majority rules i.e. that Muslims made up the majority population in Malaysia and therefore the minority had no other choice but to follow the will of the majority.
He cited the ban on Islamic minarets in Switzerland as well as the ban of the hijab and head scarf in France, asking how Muslims felt about these restrictions since Christians formed the majority grouping in both Switzerland and France?
“So, why are you angry at the ban (of the burkini)? After all the libertarians and secularist Christians or non-Muslims are the majority in France.
“The burkini ban is a prime example of what happens when the State thinks that the people must follow it’s thoughts. The rights and the choices of the people are transgressed and taken away.”
He said this was the very reason why no one, whether they were made up of the majority or not, should impose their values and beliefs on others.