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Body Snatchers Got Away With It

A few days ago, I blogged that the body of an elderly Chinese man, Gan Eng For, who passed away on 20th January at age 74, was seized from his grieving family by the police and the Islamic Affairs Dept (read: the Body Snatchers). This was done after Gan’s eldest son, a Muslim convert, alleged that his father had converted to Islam the year before.

All Gan’s other children reject this claim and insist that Gan was a Buddhist. Moreover family members state that Gan was senile and paralysed after suffering from two strokes. The man could not even move his arms or talk! Even his wife that has been looking after him for two years had no knowledge of this. So how did he manage to convert?

I had hoped that Gan’s body would be returned after the usual circus – same as in the case of Wong Sau Lan. Wong, a Chinese Christian woman, that had passed away on 30 Dec 2007, had her body snatched by the same religious zealots under the same pretext. Thankfully, her body was retuned 2 weeks later and these religious zealots retracted their claim. Please see my earlier post here.  

But it was not to be. Malaysiakini has now reported that Gan’s body has been buried in a Muslim cemetery at the orders of an Islamic religious court after his family. The family was not even allowed to see his body nor do they know where he was buried.

And what has our supposed Buddhist Minister, Ong Ka Ting and the MCA done to defend this man’s rights? They have done nothing and they will do nothing like the whipped dogs that they are.

Wong was proved to be not a Muslim. The excuse for the snatching was because she had visited a bomoh sometime before her death and had chanted some Islamic words as part of the ritual. What sort of flimsy evidence is this?

And how about Gan? The body-snatching was carried out on the claim of just one son, against the sworn words of his wife and other children. This, I suspect, is more a family fued that anything else – one son appears to be seeking revenge on the rest of his family over some issue. But guess what? The words of non-Muslims do not carry any weight in a Syariah court.

And please let us all not forget it all started when we let them get away with Moorthy’s body in 2005 – again on spurious evidence. We let them get away with it then. Did we all think it was was going stop with one person? If we don’t stop this it will only be a matter of time before it happens to someone we know.

This is what we call RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION. It is happening in Malaysia. These Islamic religious zealots are now interfering into the lifes of Christians, Buddhists and Hindus. Our right to religion is now under threat. Our PM has already declared we are an Islamic nation – let’s forget about that piece of paper known as the Constitution of Malaysia that sets out we are a secular country. It was only a matter of time before they tried to ram Islam down our throats. We see the signs of it already – remember the banning of the word ‘Allah’ that has been used by the Christian chuches in East Malaysia since even before Independence – remember the seizure of Chistian books from popular book stores in Malaysia.

How much more can you take? I stopped taking it quietly a while back. I feel threatened by this Islamisation that is now being forced upon us. I don’t recognise the country I grew up in. What happened to our supposed famed ‘Tolerance’. I fear what more is to come if we do not deny the BN a 2/3 majority this Election.

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Saturday, 26 January, 2008 - Posted by | Islamic Zealots, Religious Harassment | , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. this is really terrible. terrible. i’m so angry too. wanted to blog about it today but being a weekend, usually less readers. so i will blog on monday maybe.

    islamisation is really here in our country, i see. indeed this is religious persecution (even like the ban of the word ‘allah’ – religous persecution). what islam hadhiri is the PM preaching?

    burying our beloved who had died is very important. i can just imagine how heart-broken gan’s family was not being able to bury gan.

    Comment by lucia | Saturday, 26 January, 2008

  2. we in malaysia lives in a fantasy world. religious tolerance – fantasy, racial harmony – fantasy, freedom of speech and assembly – fantasy and so on and on. it is tragic that such incidents can happen in this time and age.

    Comment by meltingpot | Saturday, 26 January, 2008

  3. its really stupid that pm declared tht our country is an islamic one…he forgot about that piece of paper known as the Constitution of Malaysia that sets out we are a secular country. It is only a matter of time before they try to ram Islam down our throats… i wouldnt b surprised if they start 2 force non muslims to wear tudung and songkok on fridays…

    Comment by young malaysian | Sunday, 27 January, 2008


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