ANNUAR: I’M PRE­PARED

Umno info chief says DAP stal­wart is a dic­ta­tor and racist

New Straits Times - - News -

NURADZIMMAH DAIM AND INTAN BAHA BAGAN SERAI news@nst.com.my

UMNO in­for­ma­tion chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa said he is pre­pared to be sued for la­belling DAP stal­wart Lim Kit Siang a racist and a dic­ta­tor.

“I called him (Lim) a racist based on a few facts and pre­vi­ous speeches by Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad. I am not afraid and am ready to be charged (for that).”

Speak­ing after of­fi­ci­at­ing the Bagan Serai as­sem­blies for Umno’s Wanita, Youth and Pu­teri wings at Seko­lah Me­nen­gah Ke­bangsaan Abu Bakar al-Baqir, Sun­gai Ge­dong here yes­ter­day, he said Dr Ma­hathir had on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions in the past la­belled Lim as the No. 1 racist in Malaysia, in­clud­ing dur­ing the last gen­eral elec­tion in 2013.

Annuar said based on his ob­ser­va­tion on Lim’s ac­tions and speeches in Par­lia­ment, the lat­ter had op­posed the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Is­lamic laws and amend­ments to the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act 1965 to em­power the Syariah Court.

“The Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion has al­lowed the Syariah Court to func­tion as a ju­di­cial sys­tem and the pro­posed amend­ments were to up­date the ex­ist­ing one.

“I found that op­pos­ing the Is­lamic laws for Mus­lims es­pe­cially those re­lated to the Syariah Court shows Lim is anti-Is­lam.”

He said Lim’s con­duct was against Ar­ti­cle 3 of the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion, which stated that Is­lam was the of­fi­cial reli­gion of coun­try.

Annuar ad­mit­ted call­ing the Ge­lang Patah mem­ber of par­lia­ment a dic­ta­tor, as Lim has been the leader of DAP for more than 50 years.

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