Thanks Suki for agreeing to respond to our questions on Lee Kuan Yew’s book “Hard Truths” which was declared as haram.
Transitioning: What actually is a haram book by Islamic definition?
Suki: Haram in Islam means forbidden, unlawful, restricted in each context to be applied and simply illegal.
In the context of the book Hard Truths, the Islamic authorities in Malaysia have declared it Haram, which means forbidden to be read, believed, trusted, as reference, distributed and propagate the content therein. The Singapore government had also banned and restricted the AWSJ and many other publications that are deem to be damaging, untrue and unsound for public reading.
Transitioning: Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) is not a Muslim so is he chargeable under Islamic law?
Suki: LKY is not chargeable under the Muslim law. If he is a Muslim, he shall be charged accordingly under the Muslim law.
Transitioning: You mention that you are going to the police to file charges against LKY, why are you doing that and when? Can you show us a copy of the police report if possible?
Suki: I have written at length to the President of the Republic of Singapore, the Prime Minister, many other government institution and non government organisation, including the Commissioner of Police and the Attorney General Chambers to pursue the matter. I have include the legal aspect and the ISA that should be applied considering what LKY has said in the book. In the end, his “I STAND CORRECTED” is sufficient for him to escape the law. A private legal suit may be considered. The letter can be read here.
Transitioning: Aren’t you not afraid of reprisal knowing that LKY is the strongman in Singapore?
Suki: I have no fear nor I am afraid for the cause I am about to pursue. A strongman of LKY stature should be made for the greater good – not to be used selfishly against anybody, any institution, any government and such. I am willing to uphold the integrity of my religion even if it is against the strongman.
Transitioning: Is this the first time that you have file such charges?
Suki: It is my first time, and will surely not be the last.
Transitioning: What outcome do you hope to see from your action?
Suki: What I am hoping to realize is the respect for the Constitution and Law of Singapore in our multi-tacial society. What was the outcome of the book? The birth of Jason Neo, Donaldson and many more to come. They subscribe to LKY motion and words, because LKY is a world renowned leader so whatever he said is deemed to be the truth. Even before the recent saga, the book attracted many comments agreeing to LKY’s worldview. Mind you, the book is instigating hatred, division, ill intent and such. Who would not trust and believe LKY and his words?
Transitioning: Many analysts have commented that the haram charges coming from the federal Islamic authoirty in Malaysia are the usual cross-straits strife we have all along, do you agree?
Suki: I disagree. It was way back in January/ February 2011 that the book was launched. The Malaysian authorities have known about it earlier, even Mahathir has commented quite swiftly then but there wasn’t any action by the Islamic authorities until now. The matter came to light again because the book was seen in bookshelves and bookstores. Some have got hold of the book and brought it up to the authorities. The Malaysian government is not bothered about the book at all, but when somebody brought it up, the Islamic authorities will have to read and scrutinize the book at length.
Transitioning: Lastly, what is your opinion on our racial harmony initiatives in Singapore, have they work so far?
Suki: Yes the racial harmony programmes have worked well so far, much more can be done though. More importantly, dont’t let LKY spoils it. He is going to badly damage our racial harmony here with his brand of HARD TRUTH.
Thank you for your questions.
Editor’s Note: Mohd Nazem Suki is the ex-Sec Gen of PKMS.