PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has admonished Muslim NGO Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) for its hudud and "immigrant" comments directed at non-Muslims.
"It is not helping to calm the situation down. Keep it to yourself," he said when asked of Isma president Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman's statement about Chinese being "trespassers."
Abdullah Zaik told a press conference recently that the "immigrant race" had no right to oppose the shaping of Malaysia into an Islamic country and question the position of the Bumiputra.
Dr Mahathir said: "It is not contributing any good to this country. The fact is that the Chinese are here. They are Malaysian citizens and as Malaysian citizens they have all their rights. We don't want people to instigate racial riots and things like that. It's not constructive."
When asked about Isma's comments that Hudud should be enforced on both muslims and non-Muslims, Dr Mahathir, who was prime minister for 22 years said:
"I think if he reads the Quran properly, it says that God does not like people who create turmoil in the country. So he should follow the Quran."
Dr Mahathir was talking to reporters at the launch of a book "Reminiscences of Insurrection: Malaysia's battle against terrorsism" by war veteran Lt Col Mohd Azzam Mohd Hanif Ghows.
At a press confernce at Isma headquarters earlier, Abdullah Zaik said Hudud should be enforced on everyone, not just Muslims.
"For Muslims, it means cleansing themselves from sin. For non-Muslims, it is for the interest of national security," he said.