KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has given the green light to the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to take action against the “PAS’ number two” for his alleged Syiah connections.
The Home Minsiter and Umno vice-president said it was commonly known who the syiah follower was among PAS members.
"We do not understand how the party can appoint someone (who is a Syiah follower) to that position.
"We give full power to Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom (Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, in charge of religious affairs) to take action against the PAS number two," he said without specifically naming the individual in his winding-up speech on the last day of the Umno General Assembly 2013 on Saturday.
He urged PAS to put aside political differences and work together with the government to eradicate the deviant Shia teachings in the country.
Zahid also announced that the Home Ministry via the Registrar of Societies had rejected an application for a Syiah Council to be formed.
The current PAS deputy president, Mohamad Sabu, commonly known as Mat Sabu, could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil lashed out at Zahid's statement.
"Umno president Najib opened the party's arms to Pakatan to conduct a national dialogue for reconciliation, but Ahmad Zahid Hamidi brandished a fist instead.
"His statement directing Jamil and Jakim to take action against Mohd Sabu and accusing him of being a Syiah follower is akin to sentencing him without a free and fair trial," he said in a statement.
"His statement is unproductive, dangerous and appears to thwart any reconciliation efforts undertaken by Najib
"Ahmad Zahid needs to withdraw his statement immediately," said Fahmi.