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In the dog house for being kind

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Shenaaz Khan is repulsed by how quickly the authorities took action against a Muslim dog-trainer, who landed up in the lock-up for 24 hours before being released.


The arrest of dog trainer Maznah Mohd Yusuf is appalling and reflects the flimsy fabric of the Malaysian Muslim faith.

The contention that the act of walking a dog past a mosque and washing its paws is akin to burning the Qur’an is ludicrous and displays a dreadful disposition towards dogs.

The chorus of outrage led by seven NGOs i.e. Pertubuhan Martabat Jalinan Muhibbah Malaysia (MJMM), Selangor State NGO Secretariat, Malay Army Veterans Association (PVTM), Badan Amal Tarbiah Sejagat Malaysia (Batas), Pak Long Nusantara, Cahaya Haluan Amanah Insan Malaysia and Ikatan Rakyat Insan Muslim Malaysia (IRIMM) exhibits the abysmal ignorance of Muslim “champions” in this country.

This clan have clearly vacated their minds of knowledge and dogged it with doctrine.

Hitherto the video, these sinless soldiers have remained silent on almost all other unIslamic practices. They appear to not be “insulted” by some Muslim men collecting wives as if they were stamps, leaving many women and children in a state of destitution.

They are certainly not “insulted” by how corporations and hotels have turned the humble act of fasting into a feasting fiesta of gluttony! And rape and incest by their brethren is mere kitchen matter, unworthy of their divine intervention.

Yet, this harmless video has compelled them to don their guerilla garbs and Raybans and start their pilgrimage up the pavement of righteousness!

Believing themselves to be vastly superior to others, these virtuous vigilantes had the audacity to state that Maznah had “committed a grievous insult towards all Muslims in Malaysia”.

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Well dear feckless NGOs, I am a Malaysian Muslim and I am NOT INSULTED by Maznah’s actions. I am however insulted by extremists routinely ploughing my sensibilities with their “sensitivities”.

And I am repulsed further by how quickly the authorities went wildly out of control to persecute Maznah, yet remain apathetic to brutal animal abuses.

And why have the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry and the Department of Veterinary Services, the self proclaimed animal welfare crusaders, remained silent on this ridiculous fiasco?

While they use the new Animal Welfare Bill as a tool to publicise their efforts in combating animal cruelty, have they made it known that this new law does not preclude animals unacceptable to a faith? Should they not applaud Maznah’s treatment of animals and encourage others to do the same?

Malaysia’s legacy for animal cruelty is set to outlast the sun. Animal abusers, wildlife traffickers and repugnant zoo operators and pet breeders still evade justice and continue to roam our streets but a kind, animal-loving person like Maznah is hauled up, finger-printed, mugshot-ed and chucked in jail to pander to religious zealots!

Using Section 298A of the Penal Code for causing disharmony on the grounds of religion clearly reflects the inability of the authorities to make a distinction between Islamic principles and Muslim prejudices.

And while there appears to be a crime wave in this country, animal lovers are being assailed by the authorities for promoting unity, tolerance and animal welfare!

This madness must cease. Maznah should be commended not condemned. She has committed no crime and therefore must be released.

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Shenaaz Khan is president of the Malaysian Animal Welfare Society

Source: themalaysianinsider.com

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