‘New Constitution’ claim is coffee-shop talk, says Nazri

  • Nation
  • Friday, 20 Aug 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: There’s no move to replace the Federal Constitution, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, saying he would be the first person to know as it would have to be passed by Parliament.

“If there is an attempt to replace the constitution, there should be a motion tabled in Parliament, because there is no other way except through Parliament.

“Barisan Nasional controls almost two-thirds (of the Parliament), so don’t waste time on something which cannot happen,” he said when commenting on Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria’s claim that three copies of the “new” Federal Constitution were given to him during a ceramah in Alor Setar.

Harussani had claimed that the new constitution would expunge the special rights of the Malays and the position of Islam as the official religion of the country.

Describing Harussani’s claim as “coffee-shop talk”, Nazri said it was a waste of time for the police to investigate the matter.

“In the first place, it is not an offence to desire to change the constitution.

“What can you charge that person with?” he told a press conference after meeting a delegation from the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) in Parliament building yesterday.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang described Harussani’s claim as serious and one that should not be made without proof.

“Such allegations could not have emanated from the Pakatan Rakyat as its component parties had reaffirmed commitment to the fundamental principles of the Malaysian constitution in a common platform last December,” he said in his latest blog posting.

Lim also supported PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s call for the authorities to investigate and verify the claim.

PAS central information chief Idris Ahmad said Harussani should disclose the identity of the person who gave him the books and reveal its contents.

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