MCA Youth legal bureau chairman Choo Wei Sern says though Islamic preacher Shahul Hamid Seeni Mohd’s behaviour was highly uncalled for, the public needs to be more forgiving.
MCA has urged the public to forgive PAS member and Islamic preacher Shahul Hamid Seeni Mohd, who has apologised to Hindus over his racist remarks against them.
In a statement today, MCA Youth legal bureau chairman Choo Wei Sern admitted that Shahul Hamid’s behaviour was highly uncalled for, but said the public needed to be more forgiving.
“MCA Youth would like to put on record our strongest objection to such behaviour which can further strain the interracial and interreligious relationship in this country.
“However, given that the Islamic preacher has since apologised, the MCA Youth is of the view that any form of punishment meted out against him, be it by members of the public or a court, ought to be minimal in view of his apology.”
Choo added the public should not punish Shahul Hamid through cyber-bullying and social media channels.
Instead, he said, racial and religious tensions should be resolved through communication between Malaysians of different races, ethnicities and religions to develop greater mutual understanding.
“As such, instead of looking for ways to punish each other for wrongs done, we should instead look at methods and solutions to resolve issues and conflicts amicably.”
Therefore, Choo said Shahul Hamid should meet Hindu devotees and apologise to them face-to-face.
He added this was an opportunity for Shahul Hamid and local Hindu communities to better understand each other and create a more harmonious environment to live in.
Earlier this week, videos of the ustaz were leaked on social media, in which he called for the Muslim community to boycott Indian manufactured products such as Alagappa’s and Babas.
He urged Muslims to instead buy Bumiputera products and also denounced Hindu gods during his sermon.
Shahul Hamid has since issued a public apology for his remarks and even said that as an Indian himself, he realised that he should not have insulted Hindu beliefs publicly.