1. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, former Prime Minister
What he said:
He suggested that Malaysia's troubles might be the result of a Jewish ''agenda'' to weaken the economy of this country of about 20 million people.
''We may suspect that they have an agenda, but we do not want to accuse,'' Dr. Mahathir, who has made anti-Jewish statements in the past, was quoted as saying by the official Bernama news agency.
''And incidentally we are Muslims, and the Jews are not happy to see the Muslims progress. The Jews robbed the Palestinians of everything, but in Malaysia they could not do so, hence they do this, depress the ringgit.''
2. Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, UMNO supreme council member
The incident: Sarawak Report alleged expose on 1MDB
Background: Whistleblower site Sarawak Report allegedly made an expose on the financial improprieties involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the state investment vehicle laden with RM42 billion in debts.
What he said:
"The Jews and the Christians have pledged that as long as there is the moon and the stars, as long as the end of the world is not here yet, they will decide that Muhammad's followers will be confused and split among themselves. This is the pledge of the Jews and Christians."
"And today, those who do things to us are not only from within the country, but from outside the country like Sarawak Report, which does not operate from Kuching," he said when opening the Hulu Langat Umno division meeting today.
Mahdzir said the editor and founder of the London-based site, Clare Rewcastle-Brown, wanted to see Malaysia no longer as an Islamic country.
"What is their agenda? Their agenda is to see Malaysia no longer as an Islamic country," he said.
3. Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, Deputy Transport Minister
What he said:
The Jews are out to bring down UMNO and the Malays with the help of western media and the DAP, said Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi.
In his speech at the Sri Gading UMNO delegates meeting, he pointed out recent reports by New York-based the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and Sarawak Report, alleging that Prime Minister and UMNO president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak took US$700mil donation for personal use.
"Why are there Malays and Muslims believing such claims? Why are they letting the WSJ, which is owned by Jews, and London-based Sarawak Report, which is run by orang putih (caucasians) make claims about our Muslim leader, our Prime Minister?
Aziz added that the Jews, with the help of DAP, also wanted to see UMNO fall in the previous and upcoming general elections.
4. Utusan Malaysia
The incident: Bersih 2.0 rally
Background: Polls reform watchdog, Bersih, had gone ahead with the gathering on 9 July 2011 despite being denied police permission, plunging Kuala Lumpur into chaos as tens of thousands poured into the city, resulting in nearly 1,700 arrests, scores injured and the death of a PKR division leader’s husband.
What it said:
Utusan Malaysia said today that street demonstrations could open the door to Jews and Israel to interfere in the country’s affairs.
The Umno-owned newspaper specifically named Bersih as such an example after citing former police chief Tan Sri Rahim Noor’s assertion that there were parties who wanted any country that was against Jews and Israel to be toppled.
“When the drums in the name of basic human rights becomes louder, it gives an opportunity to pro-Jewish groups to interfere in any Muslim country,” Utusan said.
The Malay daily also added that “we have seen a political leader who is said to be close to Jewish leaders and NGOs. Due to political ambitions, Islam and Malays can be sold out,” it said, repeating allegations it has made in the past against opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, whose Pakatan Rakyat (PR) were firm backers of Bersih.
It added today that “Muslims and Malaysians should not allow any party especially Jews from interfering in the affairs of this country”.
5. Sharipudin Ab Kadir, Pasir Puteh ISMA (Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia) chief
The incident: Opposition against hudud
Background: The Kelantan state legislative assembly passed amendments to the Shariah Criminal Code (II) 1993 Enactment to pave the way for the controversial implementation of hudud laws in the state.
What he said:
According Pasir Puteh ISMA chief Sharipudin Ab Kadir, in the years after Independence non-Malays had depended on the sympathy of the Malays but have grown to become enemies as they wielded greater political power.
“If they only do not have faith in Allah, there is still space to know and understand Islam, and for them to bow under the rule of Islam,” Sharipudin said in an opinion piece published by Isma’s website.
“But when they are ridden and masterminded by the Jews, there is not even little good for the Malay race and Islam in Malaysia.”
“Hudud in Kelantan was the yardstick of the reality for infidels in Malaysia after they are orchestrated by the Jews,” he added.
“The strength and weakness of the Malays is the main determinant of the strength and weakness of Islam in Malaysia.”
6. Mohd Hazizi Abd Rahman, ISMA central working committee member
The incident: The formation of Negara-Ku
Background: To mobilise and empower people to return to the basics of the Federal Constitution, Malaysia Agreement and Rukun Negara, a coalition (Negara-Ku) was formed and endorsed by over 60 civil society groups and NGOs.
What he said:
Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) urged the Malays today to safeguard their constitutional rights and the sovereignty of the Malay rulers, claiming they have come under the threat of agents out to spread the “Jewish capitalist agenda”.
Among others, Isma listed human rights movements like Lawyers for Liberty, Comango, Sisters in Islam, Seksualiti Merdeka, the Malaysian Bar and even news portal Malaysiakini as “Jewish capitalist” agents allegedly bent on turning Malaysia into a faithless nation.
“Their goal is to make Malaysia a faithless civil country, using the slogans of freedom, human rights, justice, equality, brotherhood, democracy and others, which sound noble,” said Hazizi.
“Actually, they are just tools for the Jewish capitalist agenda to destroy the fort of religion and the nation, to ease the way towards our country being controlled by the Jewish capitalists.”
7. Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman, ISMA president
What he said:
“Firstly, its abolition will allow certain parties to debate core and conclusive issues which thus far cannot be challenged … It will give a serious and major implication involving the social contract and the structure of the country’s future,” Isma president Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman said.
After the Sedition Act is done away with, calls for total freedom of the print and electronic press will follow as part of this “package”, the group said.
“If the abolition of the laws in the package happens in our country, we will see a widespread liberalisation without borders … It can expose the country to foreign intervention where the Jewish and Christian capitalists can decide and influence national policies.
“[They] can decide national policies according to their whims, they can also overthrow the government, and replace it with a government that sides with them,” Abdullah warned.
8. Syed Hassan Syed Ali, secretary-general of Perkasa (Persatuan Pribumi Perkasa)
What he said:
Malay rights group PERKASA says LGBT is a Jewish agenda being pursued through NGOs in Malaysia that have received support and funds from international Jewish-run NGOs in an attempt to attack Muslims in countries with a Muslim majority.
"This is being done by championing what is forbidden under Islamic law. The enemies of the Jews are Muslims," said Syed Hassan Syed Ali, the secretary-general of the Malay rights group.
Their strategy, according to Syed Hassan, is to weaken Muslims by influencing some of them to accept the LGBT culture and thus creating conflict among the Muslims.
"Then they will be able to take over an Islamic country because its Muslim community is splintered."
The incident: The Herald 'Allah' issue
Background: The Herald, a Malaysian Catholic weekly newspaper, nearly lost its publishing licence for using the word "Allah" as a translation for "God," with authorities saying it should only be used by Muslims. The incident results in a religious conflict between Muslims and Christians over “Allah”.
What it said:
Christians and Jews are responsible for turning Muslims against each other and tricking them into losing their rights, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) said in its Friday sermon today.
Singling out Christians and Jews as the “enemies of Islam”, Jakim claimed that Muslims in Malaysia will always be under siege as long as this threat is not addressed.
According to the sermon, Muslims here were being tricked into destroying the “walls” that have long protected their “sovereignty”.
“Muslims will definitely face attacks and our enemies will want to destroy Islam in whatever way possible,” it said.
The sermon claimed that some Muslims were working together with the Christians and the Jews, and that this would serve to expedite the downfall of Islam in Malaysia.
“This extreme action only destroys the faith of Muslims in an effort to undermine the sovereignty of the Muslim community,” it said.
10. Faizan Mohd Noor, Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) Federal Territory director
The incident: The Malaysian Insider editors and The Edge’s publisher were arrested under the Sedition Act.
Background: The Malaysian Insider editors, Lionel Morais, Zulkifli Sulong and Amin Shah Iskandar, and chief executive officer Jahabar Sadiq as well as The Edge publisher Ho Kay Tat were arrested by the police over an article on PAS’ hudud.
What it said:
About 20 Jaringan Melayu Malaysia members, armed with a loudspeaker and placards denouncing The Malaysian Insider and The Edge, marched into the building housing the two media at 2pm.
"Nasib baik tuan-tuan, hari ini tidak ada orang bakar bangunan ini. Bakar! (It's a good thing that no one burned this building today. Burn!)" said JMM secretary-general Hamdan Mohd Salleh at Menara KLK here.
He also urged Malaysians to reject The Edge and The Malaysian Insider and radio station BFM, which is partially owned by The Edge, as a fellow enemy of the people.
"For their Jewish agenda, for their Israel agenda. These three media must be shut down!" said Faizan.
Hamdan took the microphone again to say that such "slanderous and misleading reports" were a disgrace, and urged the media outlets to not make light of the rulers nor drag the royalty into the realm of politics.