Wahhabist Assault on Christians in Malaysia
Wayne MADSEN | 30.01.2016 | OPINION

Wahhabist Assault on Christians in Malaysia

Saudi Arabia, which has fueled Islamist jihadism through its total support for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, while in league with its allies Turkey and Israel, has also threatened the stability of a country far to its east.

Saudi Arabia, which exports its radical Wahhabist form of Islam around the world, has set its sights on Malaysia, which it would like to see become a sharia law Islamist state in the mold of the neighboring Sultanate of Brunei. The Saudi government is ruled by one of the most radical Wahhabist leaders it has experienced in several decades, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud. However, it is widely known that the elderly Salman suffers from dementia and that the government is actually firmly in the hands of the king’s nephew, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef al Saud. The Crown Prince, who is also Interior Minister and directs the Saudi intelligence service, plays a key role in providing money, jihadist recruits, and weapons to the Islamic State and its affiliate terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya.

Recently, it was announced by Malaysia’s Attorney General that the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, received $680 million from the coffers of the Saudi royal family. The Attorney General, Mohamed Apandi Ali, a Muslim like Razak, claimed that the prime minister did nothing wrong in accepting what amounted to a Saudi bribe. Razak’s totally-corrupt government is attempting to shut down probes into its finances by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). Since independence, Malaysia has been governed by the Muslim-dominated United Malays National Organization (UMNO). However, unlike past UMNO governments, the Razak administration has altered the policy of fostering interfaith harmony between Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and Hindus in the Malaysian federation.

For the Saudis to have paid Razak over a two-third billion-dollar bribe, they expected something in return from the prime minister. But the Saudis never expected their bribe to become public. Thanks to crusading Malaysian journalists and keen prosecutors, it was discovered that the Saudis laundered their payola to Razak via a British Virgin Islands «brass plate» company and then through the Singapore branch of a private Swiss bank. The Saudis are notorious for ensuring that their financing of Islamist extremism around the world is accomplished through a myriad of private banks and front companies. And under the direction of John Brennan, a Wahhabist-supporter, the US Central Intelligence Agency has turned a blind eye to Saudi financing of jihadist terrorists from Bosnia-Herzegovina to the southern Philippines.

What Razak is doing for his Saudi pay-off is turning Malaysia into a Wahhabist-influenced theocratic state like Saudi Arabia.

The first victims of Razak’s policy have been the country’s Christian minority. The Malaysian government is permitting Saudi-financed Wahhabist missionaries to travel throughout peninsular Malaysia and the states of Sarawak and Sabah on Borneo offering cash payments to Christians to convert to Islam. Christian pastor Esther Goling, the head of the Sabahan Christian group «Perpaduan Anak Negeri Sabah» (PAN) recently told the Malaysian Insider that «creeping Islamization from the peninsula into Sabah is as clear as day». Goling revealed that the Razak government in Putrajaya is permitting public schools in Sabah to be staffed by Islamist teachers who set about to convert non-Muslim students to Islam. A number of the indigenous and Chinese citizens of Sabah and Sarawak are Christians and the Wahhabist-led effort to convert these groups has been aided and abetted by Malaysian government officials in both states.

In Kelantan state, which is governed by the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), the state government pays $2345 to any Muslim cleric who marries a non-Muslim indigenous person and converts him or her to Islam. Muslim clerics are also given a free four-wheel drive vehicle, free housing, and a monthly stipend, all courtesy of the PAS government of Kelantan.

The leader of PAS, Abdul Hadi Awang, recently attacked Christian missionaries in Malaysia, and pointed out the interiors of Sabah and Sarawak as areas where Christian missionaries should not be welcomed. Hadi Awang also said that Christianity, as a religion, had failed in the Western countries and should not be allowed to extend into the remote areas of Sabah and Sarawak. Following the lead of his Saudi Wahhabist masters, Hadi Awang would actually prefer to ban Christian missionaries so that his Wahhabist colleagues can have a monopoly on conversions in the remote jungle areas of eastern Malaysia.

Hadi Awang’s threatening comments, which followed Putrajaya’s attempt to infiltrate public schools with Islamist teachers, also created a firestorm in Sarawak. Sarawak United People’s Party leader Datuk Sebastian Ting declared that the Hadi Awang should be barred from entering Sarawak, a proposal also championed by other Christian, native Dayak, and ethnic Chinese leaders in Sarawak. Ting told the Borneo Post that «The PAS president (Hadi Awang) might have malicious and ill intentions against Christians and against the people of Sarawak and Sabah. Hadi is thus a threat to the harmony and peace of the people of Sarawak and he should not be allowed to enter this state unless and until he publicly retracts his allegations against Christians.»

There is but one solution to protect the Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and animist populations of Sabah and Sarawak from dangerous Wahhabist clerics, activists, jihadists, and other ne’er-do-wells falsely representing Islam. Sabah and Sarawak, which should have a large degree of autonomy from the Muslim-dominated peninsular Malaysia, should become independent of Malaysia and the vestiges of Wahhabism and bought-and-paid for Saudi agents-of-influence like Razak and his ministers in Putrajaya. If Kosovo can be independent because of a faux Serbian Orthodox «threat» against mainly Muslim Kosovars, such should be the case with embattled Christians in Sabah and Sarawak. «Freedom for Sabah and Sarawak» should be the rallying cry of Christians around the world, from Germany and Austria, where Saudi-funded jihadist men pose a rape threat to women on sidewalks, to Syria and Iraq, where Christians are being butchered by the forces of Wahhabist/Salafist jihadism directed by Riyadh and Ankara.

It is not only the Christians and other non-Muslims of eastern Malaysia who are feeling the threat of Wahhabism. The small state of Penang in northwestern peninsular Malaysia is also feeling the brunt of Wahhabist extremism. The government of Penang is a coalition dominated by the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a social democratic and secular party that leads among the ethnic Chinese. Penang, where a majority of the people are non-Muslim, was subjected to recent criticism by Wahhabist-influenced muftis and imams. Penangite Muslims were chastised for being too influenced by «infidels» in the state. In the eyes of these Muslim clerics, «infidels» are the Buddhists (36 percent), Hindus (about 9 percent), Christians (about 5 percent), and Taoists (some 5 percent).

There is but one solution for Penang. It should separate itself from the torment of Wahhabism. In the same manner that Singapore broke from the Malay federation in 1965, Penang should go its own way. In fact, Penang’s dominant party, the DAP, is the same party from which independent Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, originated. Lee feared domination of majority Chinese Singapore by proselyting Muslim Malay clerics and opted for independence. What was good for Singapore in 1965 is good for Penang today.

Maps of southeast Asia should be redrawn to show independent Sabah, Sarawak, and Penang. They should serve as a line of demarcation against any further Saudi Wahhabist penetration of Asia.

The Wahhabists and their co-ideologues want to challenge Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Shia’s, Ismailis, Ahmadiyyas, Ibadis, Yazidis, Alawites, Zaidis, Zoroastrians, Taoists, Alevis, and moderate Sunnis for control of large regions of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. It is beyond time for non-Wahhabists to stand up to these religious brigands and reject their 13th century beliefs.

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