A new twist to Allah’s name (UPDATED with Chinese Translation)


In the old days, you swear in Allah’s name and the benefit of the doubt is given to you. Today, Allah’s name has no weight. No one puts any value to Allah’s name. Yet the Malays are fighting to retain exclusivity to the usage of a name that, when you invoke, everyone will laugh till they pee in the pants and then send you to jail.


Raja Petra Kamarudin


Nik Sapeia bersumpah nama Allah, dakwa dianiaya

Datuk Nik Sapeia Nik Yusoff yang didapati bersalah oleh mahkamah kerana menyembur bahan berbahaya terhadap Tun. Dr. Mahathir Mohamad hari ini tampil mempertahan dirinya dengan membuat akuan sumpah menggunakan nama Allah.

Beliau berbuat demikian di kediamannya di Pasir Tumboh pagi ini.

Menurutnya, tindakan bersumpah dengan nama Allah itu dibuat berikutan perbicaraannya telah selesai dan hukuman telah dijatuhkan namun merasakan dirinya dianiaya.

“Hari ini saya bersumpah dengan Nama Allah, Wallahi, Wabillahi, Wattallahi, demi Allah sesungguhnya saya dengan ini bersumpah tidak menyerang atau menyembur Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamed sebagaimana yang dituduh kepada saya” ujar beliau yang juga Naib Presiden Parti Progresif Penduduk (PPP).

“Saya sedar akan sumpahan saya ini dan saya sudah mendapat pandangan daripada orang alim dan pimpinan parti demi menjaga maruah diri dan parti saya,” katanya lagi.

Nik Sapeia juga berkata beliau akur dengan keputusan yang dijatuhkan oleh mahkamah dan kini sedang membuat proses rayuan ke mahkamah tinggi.

Mahkamah Majistret Kota Bharu baru-baru ini menjatuhkan hukuman penjara enam bulan selepas beliau didapati bersalah menyebabkan kecederaan dengan menyembur bahan berbahaya terhadap bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamed dan tiga yang lain dalam satu insiden di Lapangan Terbang Sultan Ismail Petra di sini.

Majistret Azman Mustapha bagaimanapun membenarkan perlaksanaan hukuman penjara ditangguhkan sehingga rayuan selesai di putuskan oleh Mahkamah Tinggi dan Mahkamah Rayuan nanti. – Harakah Daily (16 January 2010)


While the country is up in arms about the use of the word Allah by the non-Muslims (not only the Christians but the Sikhs have also been using the Allah word for a long, long time), the Allah word for found another very useful purpose. The man alleged to have sprayed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad with mace at the Kota Bharu airport a couple of years ago, Nik Sapeia Nik Yusoff, has swore in the name of Allah he did not do it as alleged.

Based on eyewitnesses’ testimonies during the trial, the court found Nik guilty and sentenced him to six months jail. He is of course appealing the verdict and will only start serving his sentence once he exhausts all avenues to get his verdict set aside, which could take another couple of years.

I was there with my wife when the incident happened. And although we were standing quite a distance away when it happened, we still felt the effects of the spray. Those closer to the scene were gasping for breath and looked like they were suffering a heart attack.

We were at the airport probably an hour or so before Dr Mahathir’s private jet arrived. Sufi, Dr Mahathir’s personal assistant, was also there, together with many other supporters.

Nik Sapeia zoomed in with a bunch of tough looking Malays, who we later found out were army personnel, and surrounded Sufi. It looked like there was going to be a fight and we came forward to see what assistance we could offer Sufi. I feared that heads were about to be broken and poor Sufi was very pale and looked extremely scared. I resigned myself to the fact that we may have to swing fists to extricate Sufi from what was about to become a very bloody skirmish.

Ibrahim Ali stood at a distance, busy sending text messages on his mobile phone. I walked up to him to ask what was going on and he replied that Nik is a local gangster and he wants to ‘hijack’ Dr Mahathir. It seems Nik resented the fact that Ibrahim Ali was ‘in-charge’ whereas he (Nik) was the local warlord and should instead be the one ‘hosting’ Dr Mahathir.

When Dr Mahathir finally arrived, they ushered him to Ibrahim Ali’s Pajero and as Mahathir was about to address the supporters and thank them for turning out to greet him, Nik and his bunch of army people surround the Pajero and sprayed mace into it. Nik then ‘grabbed’ Dr Mahathir and bundled him into his own car and zoomed off. The others were left gasping for breath, not really aware of what was going on other than they appeared to be suffering from some sort of chemical attack and could not breathe.

It could be Nik who sprayed Dr Mahathir as what the witnesses in the trial said. I was not close enough to see who actually held the spray. But without a doubt someone in Nik’s gang sprayed Dr Mahathir, presumably at the behest of Nik or as part of a pre-planned move.

What no one can deny is Nik was not alone. There was a big group of toughies, all looking like army commandos. And now we know they were in fact army commandos. Another army chap who was with us confirmed this because he recognised some of the chaps.

But none of these army personnel were arrested, charged and put on trial. Only Nik was brought to book. He may have been the ‘commander’ of this ‘special operation’ and that was why they arrested, charged and put him on trial. But there were many other people involved, not only Nik. Why were the others let off?

Nik may have been telling the truth when he said he did not spray Dr Mahathir. I really don’t know. Anyway, in that Harakah Daily news item above, he swore in the name of Allah that he did not spray Dr Mahathir. That may be true because I doubt any Muslim would dare swear in the name of Allah he is innocent if he is really guilty. Malays are good Muslims and never would any Muslim dare use Allah’s name in vain.

Or would they?

Is there any value in swearing an oath in Allah’s name? Anwar Ibrahim swore in Allah’s name that he never sodomised Azizan while Azizan testified under oath (in Allah’s name) THREE TIMES during the trial that Anwar did not sodomise him. Yet the court found Anwar guilty and sentenced him to more than 15 years jail on two charges.

Sukma swore that Anwar never sodomised him and the doctor who examined him said that Sukma suffers from piles. He has problems emptying his bowels, let alone allow something to penetrate his anus. Yet Sukma was found guilty and together with Dr Munawar was sent to jail for six months for ‘allowing’ Anwar to sodomise him — even when the doctor said it was impossible to have happened and even though the accused invoked Allah’s name to swear innocence.

Saiful swore in the name of Allah (in a mosque on top of that) that Anwar sodomised him but the doctor who examined Saiful said that there is no evidence to show the young man had been sodomised.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak swore in Allah’s name that he never met ‘that Mongolian woman’ although the Honorary Mongolian Consul to Malaysia said many times that he has seen a photograph of Razak, Najib and Altantuya taken together and has in fact handed the photograph to the IGP. Syed Rahman has told many people this story including Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and many other top Umno leaders.

It looks like, based on what we have seen thus far, swearing an oath in Allah’s name has absolutely no value whatsoever (they still send you to jail like in Anwar’s, Sukma’s, Dr Munawar’s, etc., cases) although the Quran does say that if you are accused of sexual misconduct and if you swear four times in the name of Allah that you are innocent (three times in lieu of witnesses and the fourth time to invite Allah’s wrath in the event you are lying) then you are to be presumed innocent and no action can be taken against you.

In the old days, you swear in Allah’s name and the benefit of the doubt is given to you. Today, Allah’s name has no weight. No one puts any value to Allah’s name. Yet the Malays are fighting to retain exclusivity to the usage of a name that, when you invoke, everyone will laugh till they pee in the pants and then send you to jail.

I can’t swear in the name of Allah whether the spray was in Nik’s hand or the hands of one of those army commandos who were with him. But I can swear that they all surrounded Dr Mahathir and one of them certainly did spray Dr Mahathir. I also can’t swear in the name of Allah whether if one of the army commandos, instead of Nik, sprayed Dr Mahathir, that it was done with or without Nik’s knowledge or instruction. But I can swear that they all arrived together in the same convoy and kept a very tight formation when they surrounded Sufi — and later surrounded Dr Mahathir when he arrived. I can also swear that Nik was ‘commanding’ the tough looking commandos and they were not ‘independent’ but working as a unit and appeared to take instructions from Nik and treated him like their ‘commander’.

This is what I saw and I can swear to that. But only Nik was hauled in while the gang of commandos ‘disappeared’ and were never seen again. And how many times Nik may swear in the name of Allah that he is innocent, this still does not explain the presence of that bunch of army personnel who were part of his gang and it does not explain why they were ‘untouched’ and only Nik is going to be sent to jail. In a criminal act perpetuated by a gang, is it not normal for the entire gang to face the law?

Translated into Chinese at: http://ccliew.blogspot.com/2010/01/blog-post_18.html