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IGP warns NGOs against challenging fatwa

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 Nov 2008: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hassan today warned certain non-Muslim non-government organisations (NGOs) to stop challenging the National Fatwa Council’s ruling that tomboyism was haram.

He said such action could affect national security and trigger retaliation among Muslims.

“I’m warning them and will take stern action as it involves national security,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after delivering a keynote address at a seminar on Empowering Justice in Syariah Courts at the International Islamic University Malaysia today.

Musa said the recent street demonstration organised by non-Muslims NGOs on the ruling was uncalled for as it could trigger fights.

“This proves that they have no respect for other religion because the fatwa was issued for Muslims. Why do they have to be the one to demonstrate?” he said.

Last week, two non-Muslims NGOs – Katagender and Food-not-Bombs – staged a protest against the National Fatwa Council’s ruling that tomboy-ism, where a girl behaves or dresses in a boyish manner, is forbidden in Islam.  — Bernama


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