Meet and greet: Muhyiddin Yassin talking to children during an open house at the orang asli village in Erong. — Bernama
TELUK INTAN: Pakatan Rakyat has to explain to the people about its conflicting stand on the hudud problem, with DAP and PAS at odds over the implementation of Islamic law, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The Deputy Prime Minister said the inability of the parties to reach a common point has left their constituents confused.
“They need to explain to the people their stand and not evade responsibility.
“It is also a sign that they do not know how to handle the matter,” he told journalists after a working visit to the Erong orang asli village, near here yesterday.
Muhyiddin was commenting on Pakatan’s silence on the issue during campaigning for the Teluk Intan parliamentary seat by-election.
On the action of Umno members who entered the Penang legislative assembly hall on Wednesday, Muhyiddin said it was a spontaneous reaction to protect the image of the party.
“When challenged, it is natural to react as such.
“But I agree with KJ (Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin) that there are rules to follow and the House needs to be respected,” he said.
He chided Seri Delima state assemblyman RSN Rayer for his refusal to apologise over his “Umno celaka (Umno be damned)” remark, which sparked off the intrusion into the building.
“He has disgraced himself by uttering such an uncouth remark,” he said.
Earlier in his speech, Muhyiddin said the people often forgot how the Government helps to ease their financial burden.
He said no other country practised price control over daily goods like rice, sugar, flour and milk powder.
“The Government works to ensure all prices are fair.
“We spend millions in subsidies to help the people,” he said, adding that about RM22bil was spent annually on petrol subsidy alone.