Sunday, September 24, 2023

Aziz Bari defends DAP MP over alleged Quran misinterpretation

Aziz Bari defends DAP MP over alleged Quran misinterpretation

Perak DAP leader Abdul Aziz Bari has come to the defence of Ipoh Timor MP Howard Lee, who is being investigated by the police for allegedly making his own interpretations of Quranic verses.

Aziz said Lee, as a non-Muslim, is not beholden to Islamic laws in Malaysia.

“I don’t see anything wrong with Lee as he was just expressing his opinions.

“In any case, he’s not subject to the Islamic laws of this country. So, it appears to me (Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad) Sanusi (Md Nor) fired the salvo to salvage his campaign,” he told Malaysiakini.

Aziz (above) added that he does not discount the possibility that Lee may be arrested under the Sedition Act.

Ipoh Timor MP Howard Lee

‘Exercise caution’

Meanwhile, Pakatan Harapan Perak chairperson Mujahid Yusof Rawa reminded the public, including politicians, to exercise more caution when quoting verses from the Quran.

The Amanah vice-president said there are concerns that the quoted verses might be interpreted out of context and could cause confusion.

"I would like to give general advice, particularly for politicians including myself, interpretation of the Quran is best done with the right knowledge so that the verse is not misunderstood and misused for certain interests," said Mujahid, a former minister for religious affairs.

He added that the reminder also applied to Lee.

Earlier today, while campaigning for the Pelangai by-election, Sanusi pointed to Lee’s alleged own interpretation of a Quranic verse on TikTok as an example of BN and Harapan’s purported liberalism.

Sanusi urged Pelangai voters to reject the two parties to “stop this sin” and prevent them from liberalising everything.

It was reported yesterday that Bukit Aman has initiated an investigation into Lee after a report was lodged against him for allegedly insulting Islam.

No comments:

Post a Comment