KUALA LUMPUR – Although the Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa has denied the allegations that several independent religious speakers have been banned from the local television and radio stations, the issue became the joke of the speakers involved.
Several of them took the social media as a platform to make cynical fun on the issue.
Among them was Ustaz Azhar Idrus who commented on a post of his comrade by stating that they will lose their income after being blocked by the television and radio stations.
“Haha.. Padan muka ustaz.. Balik dr Mekah nnt nak makan apa? (Haha… serves you right ustaz… What are you going to eat after coming back from Mekah?)
“Makan pasir la jwbnya lps kena bock (gam) di TV. (I’ll resort to eating sand then after being block by TV)” he answered in Abdullah Khairi’s Facebook post.
Ustaz Azhar Idrus was among the 10 independent religious speakers who had allegedly been block from speaking on government-owned television and radio stations.
Among the other names in the list were Ustaz Ahmad Dusuki Abdul Rani, Datuk Ustaz Mohd Kazim Elias, Syamsul Amri Ismail atau Shamsul Debat, Dr. Redzuan Tee, Ustaz Abdullah Khairi, Ustazah Morhafizah Musa, Ustaz Zamihan Mat Zin, Ustaz Amirul Amin (PU Amin) and Syed Mohd Bakri Syed Ishak or better known as PU Syed.
Azhar Idrus was initially replying to Abdullah Khairi’s status on bumping into each other in Mekah, “Jumpa geng kena block d TV…d Mekah (Met my gang who got blocked on TV… in Mekah)” he said, referring to Ustaz Shamsul Debat who has been banned from appearing on television beginning this January.
PU Amin also took the opportunity and replied to Azhar Idrus cynically.
“Hahaha padan mukeeee kiterrrr (Hahaha. Serves us right),” he said in a Facebook post.
Earlier on 14 December, Mujahid denied the allegations saying that the government has never stopped any religious leaders from going on-air, despite some of them not giving good opinion.
Meanwhile, Mujahid also said that he was unsure if the list was made viral to initiate provocations or doubts.
Therefore, he said that there were no intentions to stop them from earning a living and the minister also advised the speakers to stop selling religion for their income. -MalaysiaGazette