Tuesday, September 26, 2023

“PAS has strayed from Islamic struggles, now idolising leaders who swear on political stage”

“PAS has strayed from Islamic struggles, now idolising leaders who swear on political stage”

PAS has strayed from its original Islamic struggles, with the Islamist party now idolising leaders who utter rude remarks, lamented a former party leader.

Khairuddin Aman Razali cited the “vulgar” remark uttered by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor during a recent ceramah at Felda Kemasul last week.

“It saddens me to see a senior party leader swearing and uttering vulgar words on the political stage and to be greeted with applause and cheers from party members,” Malaysiakini quoted Khairuddin as saying when met during campaigning at Felda Chemo in Bentong last night.

“It is even worse that the menteri besar is a Muslim. We need peaceful politics, not one that is based on volatility and vulgarity.”

On Sept 23, the Perikatan Nasional elections director had urged Pelangai voters to reject Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan to send a message against the alleged liberalism of the federal government.

During the ceramah, Sanusi, who is also the Jeniri assemblyman, had used an example of a recent incident, where Ipoh Timor MP Howard Lee had allegedly used his own interpretation of a Quranic verse on TikTok.

The DAP central executive member came under fire after he quoted the Quranic verse and related it to the Islamist party’s efforts in contending the government.

In his criticism of Lee, Sanusi pointed out that the latter was “not even circumcised” to talk about the Quran.

On this matter, Khairuddin, who is now on Umno’s ulama council, said PAS no longer displays Islamic morality as it now hails leaders who utter disrespectful words.

“To me, PAS has strayed far from Islamic principles. Islam has creeds, laws and morals. (What’s happening now) has broken a lot of Islamic laws,” Khairuddin remarked.

Following a police report lodged against Lee by a Perak organisation, Jalinan Bersatu Sahabat, Bukit Aman had said last week that the police would be calling Lee to have his statement recorded.

The group’s president, Amiruddin Mohd Daud, was reported to have said that they sought action to be taken against Lee as they viewed his actions to be an insult to Islam as he is a non-Muslim, but had given his own interpretation of a Quranic verse.

Speaking to Utusan Malaysia, Lee said yesterday that he would willingly cooperate with the police when giving his statement today, scheduled for around 3pm.

“Yes, I will cooperate. Will meet with the police on Tuesday evening,” he was quoted as saying.

Lee is returning from the United States as part of Malaysia’s delegation to the 78th United Nations General Assembly. – Sept 26, 2023

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