MUSLIMS should be worried about youth abusing drugs and committing murder instead of fretting over non-Muslims imbibing, said former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today.
On his blog chedet.com today, Dr Mahathir said it was not his problem if non-Muslims chose to drink until they passed out, as long as they stayed off the roads and did not trouble others.
“I was told that many are angry at me for not supporting the protest against the beer festival, or Oktoberfest.
“To me, if non-Muslims choose to drink alcohol or beer until they faint, that’s their problem. The important thing is they do not cause problems for other people or drive a car while drunk.
Yet, said Dr Mahathir, there were those who had accepted the murder of children as “destiny”, and that the children, according to the guru at the tahfiz school, would await the parents at the gates of paradise.
“But for me, the question is, why are there Malay/Muslim children involved in drugs? Why do we not hear about Chinese and Indian children involved in drugs? Is this also destiny? Is there nothing we can do to stop Malay/Muslim children from taking drugs?”
He said the Quran said that God helped those who helped themselves, and children became addicted to drugs because of lack of parental control.
He said it was the religious teacher’s duty to teach the children to reject drugs, but religious schools had forgotten to teach the children moral values and what was wrong and right. Instead, they taught only the rewards for obeying the Quran, such as by praying a certain number of times a day, he said.
“Because of that, the children are easily influenced into bad habits, including using drugs.”
He said he was ashamed to read about the bad behaviour of Muslims, especially of the youth.
“Muslims should be paying more attention to this instead of forbidding non-Muslims from drinking beer.”
He said Oktoberfest was a German cultural tradition and Germany had taken in a million Muslim refugees from Syria.
“The refugees have responded to that by prohibiting the host from drinking beer during Oktoberfest.
“This is my opinion. If you want to be angry at me because I did not break beer bottles in front of the MB’s office, be angry,” he said, referring to Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos’ protest against alcohol outside the Selangor menteri besar’s office last week, during which he smashed beer bottles to make his point.
THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT