PAS: Ngeh should understand sentiments of Muslims

  • Nation
  • Friday, 21 Sep 2012

PETALING JAYA: PAS has accused Perak DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Khoo Ham of not acting like a leader when he posted a tweet questioning whether Muslims were “wasting time and energy” in protesting a controversial anti-Islam video clip.

“It is not appropriate for him to question the move as he is living within a Muslim society. As a member of a political party within the Pakatan Rakyat pact, he should understand the Muslim community.

“The issue involves the faith of Muslims,” Kedah PAS commissioner Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak was quoted as saying in Utusan Malaysia after chairing an exco meeting on Wednesday.

On his Twitter account, Ngeh, who is Sitiawan assemblyman, had posted: “(Umno Youth Chief) Khairy (Jamaluddin) wants Muslim protest against Sam Bacile. For Islam or his political gains? Are Muslims wasting too much time and energy on this?”

Azizan, who is also the Kedah Mentri Besar, said the issue was not a small matter but one that involved the international community as it touched on a Muslim's faith.

“The Muslim community shares the same stance when it involves their faith - no matter where they are. My advice to our non-Muslim partners is that they need to understand the history and the importance of Muslim sensitivities,” he said.

Azizan also described the comments made by Ngeh as his “personal view” and urged him to clarify the matter.

“I do not think DAP will take any action against him as it is his personal view,” he said.

Asked if Ngeh should apologise to the Muslims, Azizan said: “I have not seen the tweet but at this stage, I believe he needs to do so.

“If possible, he should understand the feelings and sentiments of Muslims.”

Umno and PAS, he said, had put aside their political differences to protest the video deemed to insult Prophet Muhammad.

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