Ulama: Dr M should of­fer an apol­ogy if he has wronged An­war

New Straits Times - - News - DATUK KHAIRUDDIN AMAN RAZALI

KUALA LUMPUR: Is­lam de­mands that ex-prime min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad of­fer an apol­ogy to for­mer op­po­si­tion leader Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim if the lat­ter was wronged and sent to jail 20 years ago.

Pas ulama lead­ers from the Syura Coun­cil said whether the mis­takes were new or old, apol­ogy was de­manded in Is­lam.

Pas cen­tral work­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Datuk Khairuddin Aman Razali warned that one’s sins or wrong­do­ings would fol­low into the af­ter­life.

“As a Mus­lim, we must seek for­give­ness for our wrong­do­ings, es­pe­cially when the mis­take af­fects some­one’s dig­nity.

“We must know that if we don’t apol­o­gise, our mis­take will haunt us even in the af­ter­life,” said Khairuddin.

Yes­ter­day, it was re­ported that in an in­ter­view with Aus­tralian broad­cast agency SBS World News, Dr Ma­hathir said he had no in­ten­tion of apol­o­gis­ing to his for­mer pro­tégé and now ally.

He said this was be­cause what hap­pened be­tween them was an old story and at the same time, he had never de­manded an apol­ogy from his de­trac­tors for den­i­grat­ing him.

Pas vice-pres­i­dent Idris Ah­mad ques­tioned Dr Ma­hathir’s stand in not seek­ing An­war’s for­give­ness.

“But well, that’s Dr Ma­hathir. Doesn’t mat­ter if the mis­take is old or new, we will have to carry our mis­deeds into the af­ter­life.

“Be­sides, what’s wrong with apol­o­gis­ing?

“If we look from the po­lit­i­cal con­text, it looks like they have no is­sue with each other.

“Of course, they will just say they have moved on from the past.

“But we’re Mus­lims. We should know what is wrong and what is right,” said Idris.

An­war was Dr Ma­hathir’s deputy un­til he fell out with the lat­ter in 1998.

The for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter was im­pris­oned after he was con­victed of cor­rup­tion and sodomy charges .

An­war was re­leased from prison in 2004 and went on to lead the op­po­si­tion coalition but was jailed again in 2015 on sep­a­rate sodomy charges and is cur­rently be­hind bars serv­ing a five-year sen­tence.

Last Septem­ber, An­war and Dr Ma­hathir met in pub­lic for the first time in 18 years, spark­ing wide­spread crit­i­cism that the re­union was a po­lit­i­cal ploy.

As a Mus­lim, we must seek for­give­ness for our wrong­do­ings, es­pe­cially when the mis­take af­fects some­one’s dig­nity. We must know that if we don’t apol­o­gise, our mis­take will haunt us even in the af­ter­life.

Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim

Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad

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