PETALING JAYA: PAS MP Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh says his statement on all religions forbidding the consumption of alcohol was meant to support the campaign against drink-driving, and not to insult other religions.
The Pasir Puteh MP said his statement was "veered away" from the real issue, which was to support Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong in his campaign against drink-driving.
"When I stood up in Dewan Rakyat on Aug 26, my main intention was to give my full support to Dr Wee, the MCA president who is also Transport Minister, in his campaign against drink-driving, which has taken so many lives and destroyed many families.
"It is with this noble intention that I brought up the issue of all religions forbidding the drinking of arak, or consumption of alcohol, which can lead to drunkenness," said Nik Muhammad in a statement Thursday (Sept 3).
Dr Wee had proposed stiffer penalties for drink-driving to curb accidents.
"However, to me, the whole issue has been distorted by the Opposition for their own gain, to veer us away from the real issue, which is drink-driving," he added.
Church groups and the opposition had in the past week slammed Nik Muhammad over his statement that the Bible was distorted, and demanded he apologises.
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