PETALING JAYA - Political leaders demand action be taken against Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali, saying that letting him off the hook over his alleged Bible burning threat will encourage extremism.
Global Movement of Moderates chief executive officer Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said Ibrahim's "burn the Bible" remarks could not be justified as defending the sanctity of Islam.
"The Government should not come up with this kind of argument, because it may lead to a misconception of Islam," he said.
Public Accounts Committee chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who is also Pulai MP, said: "The failure to charge Ibrahim under the Sedition Act and the lack of action will be viewed as bias towards defending the rights of Malays and politicians."
Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Tan Sri Dr James Masing, who is also state Land Development Minister, said action against Ibrahim would serve as a warning to others not to make insensitive religious remarks.
United Pasokmomogun Kadazan Dusun Murut Organisation (Upko) president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said some form of action against Ibrahim was warranted to show that the Government did not support extremist views.
MCA central committee member Datuk Chew Kok Woh said arguments that Ibrahim was merely defending the sanctity of Islam were unacceptable.
"He was not talking about Islam but issued threats to burn the holy book of another religion, which amounted to sedition," said the Sabah MCA secretary.
MCA Youth chief Senator Chong Sin Woon called on the Attorney-General to press charges against Ibrahim.
"It shall then be the duty of the courts of law to decide on the case," he said.
MIC secretary-general A. Prakash Rao said Ibrahim had not denied making the threats.
"The rule of law must be applied on every citizen, irrespective of race or religion," he added.
Council of Churches Malaysia general secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri said the lack of charges against Ibrahim would make a mockery of the Government's call for moderation and mutual respect among the different races and religions.
Attempts to contact Ibrahim for a response were unsuccessful.