The so-called religious advisor to the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Othman is strongly against the proposal to have a Chinese mosque in Malaysia. His comments to support his stand are simply shallow and narrow-minded.
As a former minister in-charge-of Islamic affairs under former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad before he was rejected by the voters of Sik, Abdul Hamid's stand is questionable and a stab in the back to PM Abdullah Ahmad's much publicised "Islam hadhari" approach.
The proposed Chinese mosque is not exclusively for Chinese Muslims as stated several times by leaders of the Chinese Muslims. It is for all Muslims.
It seems that Abdul Hamid and several Malay political and religious leaders look at the proposal from narrow racial lines. Islam is not the exclusive right of the Malays. Not all "Malays" are Muslims and not all Muslims are "Malays".
There is a Indian Muslim mosque and a Pakistani mosque in Kuala Lumpur. In Penang one can find Indian Muslim mosque (Masjid Kapitan Keling), a Pakistani mosque, a Malay mosque, Achenese mosque and Arab mosque. They are not exclusively for the Indian Muslims, the Pakistanis, the Malays, the Achenese or the Arabs, they are for all Muslims.
So why the big fuss over the proposal to have a Chinese mosque? Mosques are for Muslims irrespective of their names. I do not foresee any problem by having a Chinese mosque.
Sad to say that Abdul Hamid has not grown up.