We want to slaughter cows, so back off, Muslim group tells Hindu parents

(TMI) – A Muslim non-governmental organisation has rejected criticisms by some Hindu parents over the practice of slaughtering animals in school grounds by saying Muslims should not bow to pressure on the issue.

Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia’s (Isma) deputy president Aminuddin Yahaya (pic) said Muslims must have the courage to defend their own religious practices.

“Why should we bow to pressure from them (Hindus)? It is as if we do not have our own identity. This is our country and it is an Islamic country,” he was quoted by news portal Malaysiakini as saying.

“We want to slaughter cows, who cares? What is the percentage of the Indian community in Malaysia? Only 1% or 2%,” he said, adding Malays were over 60% of the population.

Aminuddin was referring to Hindu parents who complained about the use of school grounds to slaughter cows, considered sacred to Hindus, during the recent Hari Raya Haji celebrations.

On a separate issue, Aminuddin said Isma had no problem if Christians wanted to use the word ‘Allah’ in their prayers.