Why Anwar was silence on DUMC?
Questions abound as to why Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim kept quiet in the wake of the controversy surrounding the alleged attempt to proselytise the 12 Muslims during the “Thanksgiving Dinner” at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) on August 3.
To those following the issue closely, his silence is expected.
His “Think Tank,” the Institute for Policy Research (IKD) is financially supported by the German Christian foundation, KAF (Konrad Adenaueur Foundation) since 1984.
Although KAF is now known as KAS (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung), it continues to provide financial backing to the programmes organised by Anwar’s think tank.
In 1996, Anwar was bestowed top awards from two Jesuit universities, namely Georgetown University in the US and Ateneo D Manila University in Manila.
After his release from the Sungai Buloh Prison in 2004, among the first things he did was to meet Bishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa. This was followed by a stint as visiting lecturer at Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim Christian Understanding (CMCU).
As revealed by Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin in his blog, the churches and Christian foundations target Muslim individuals who are facing problems, in particular women pregnant out of wedlock or those suffering from AIDS; in other words those deemed ostracised by Muslim society for indulging in activities against the religion.
Is Anwar among the prime targets of Christian foundations?
Although they knew he had strong Islamic background during his younger days, they nevertheless persisted in influencing him, following reliable feedback from other countries that Anwar was never been averse to practises against Islam.
Those who had been strong supporters of Anwar were oblivious of the international network, which he had built, in particular who is behind him and who orchestrates his missionary journey.
Anti apostasy activist since the 90s, Zulkifli Noordin began to realise in August 2008 that his ideals did not go along with those of Anwar’s.
It happened during the ‘Forum Memeluk Islam’ organised by the Bar Council, during which its Chairman was Ambiga Sreevenasan.
Soon after the forum, their relationship took a turn for the worse due to conflicting stands in the issue on the word ‘Allah.’ It was the last straw for Zulkifli, and he promptly left PKR.
Anwar’s buddies in ABIM, too began to realise who he really was following a controversial speech the de facto PKR leader gave at the London School of Economics (LSE) on March 18, 2010.
From then on, they began to sense something wrong with the thoughts and views held by Anwar. This had prompted them to organise a one day discussion to remind him of his delinquence, as well as to inform the public of it.
Among those directly involved in the discourse themed ‘Fighting Religious Pluralism and Apostasy’ were Ustaz Ismail Mina and Dr Yusri Mohamad from the ‘Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia’ (MUAFAKAT) at the Federal Territory Mosque in Kuala Lumpur on December 14 last year.
The discourse did not go down well with Anwar, and so Professor Osman Bakar arranged for another closed meeting on January 2 at his house, with the intention of bringing together the two opposing sides.
Ustaz Ismail Mina attended the session along with 15 of his colleagues, while Anwar was supported by no less than 200 ABIM and PKPIM activists as well as his friends who were not affiliated to either bodies.
The above video recording reflects a manifestation of Anwar’s thoughts, which were not accepted by his old friends.
Although Ustaz Ismail Mina and Dr Yusri had at one time thought that they shared the same views with Anwar, but in reality the Anwar Ibrahim they see before them now is a totally different individual than the person they once came to know.
AIDC - 6/9/11