Fuziah raps PAS, Umno for playing up religious sentiment

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Parties such as Umno and PAS shouldn't tell Muslim voters to just vote for Muslim candidates when they themselves behave in ways that don't reflect Islam, such as falsely accusing (fitnah) other parties, says Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh.

"Don't talk about Islam, don't talk about voting for Muslims, when Muslims themselves like Umno and PAS think they are holier than others because they are from an Islamic party?

"No, it is reflected in their own actions, which falsely accuse others," said Fuziah, who is also Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department for Religious Affairs.

She said she supported the police report lodged by Pasir Pinji assemblyman Howard Lee on Saturday (Jan 19) against PAS Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi.

Lee alleged that Muhammad Khalil had made false statements which were racist and chauvinist, with the aim of inciting hatred against Pakatan Harapan.

He quoted a report by news portal Malaysiakini, which stated that Umno and Pas leaders, including Muhammad Khalil, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, Umno Youth Chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki and Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, had taken turns to paint DAP as anti-Malay and anti-Islam.

The portal also reported that Muhammad Khalil had alleged during the joint Umno-Pas ceramah in Kampung Keledek in Jelai that DAP wanted to remove Islam as the official religion of the country, and had "disturbed" both Islamic institutions and the monarchy since coming to power.

Lee said such false accusations were serious and have violated Section 499 of the Penal Code for criminal defamation.

He urged the police to investigate the statements by the opposition leaders.

"PAS always talks about mature politics, but this is half-baked politics. Hopefully, we won't see more racist, false statements in the remaining campaign period till voting day," Lee said.

Tanah Rata assemblyman Chiong Yoke Kong commented that Barisan Nasional was resorting to its traditional campaigning style by throwing false accusations in Jelai constituency, where the Malay and orang asli voters were in the majority, whilst in Tanah Rata, they used land issues and threatened voters.

Youth wing representatives from other Pakatan component parties such as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and PKR were also present when Lee lodged the report at the police district headquarters.