POLITICAL MILEAGE: Muslims allegedly spending too much time on anti-Islam clip
IPOH: A RECENT Twitter post by Perak DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, which questioned Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaludin's intention to stage a protest against the video clip, Innocence Of Muslims, on Friday, has drawn flak from Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.
Describing it as a move to gain political mileage, Ngeh also allegedly questioned whether Muslims were spending too much time and energy on the issue.
Ngeh had allegedly tweeted on Monday: "Khairy wants Muslim protest against Sam Bacile. For Islam or for his political gains? Are Muslims wasting too much time and energy on this?"
Zambry said Ngeh's posting lacked sensitivity and had provoked Muslims.
"Ngeh should share the feelings of Muslims, who are offended with the video, instead he has chosen to provoke us," said Zambry, adding that Muslims had every right to hold protests to express their feelings.
He said this after his weekly meet-the-people session here yesterday.
Zambry also said Ngeh, as a Christian, should understand that even Christians were against the movie.
"Be they a Muslim, Christian or Jew, no one likes to see their prophet being demeaned against."
Checks on Ngeh's Twitter account yesterday found that the controversial post had been removed.
Three police reports had been lodged against Ngeh on the matter, by Perak 4B Youth Movement, and bloggers Elfi Syahuri Mat Nor (budakbenteng.blogspot.com) and Ariff Akran Mohamed Shamshudin (kintamenjerit.blogspot.com).
The world's leading search engine, Google, has blocked the video from YouTube here on Monday following complaints from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.
According to reports, Innocence of Muslims was apparently made by Egyptian-American Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is based in the greater Los Angeles area and reportedly a Coptic Christian.
The 13-minute low-budget film directed by Bacile, which depicted Prophet Muhammad in a bad light, had sparked violent protests across the Muslim world.
Besides Umno Youth, other Muslim groups had protested against the video clip outside the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur last Friday.