“Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng once said Pas has gone astray
Maybe he meant politically because he cannot possibly be talking about our akidah (faith),” Fauzi said.
On a different matter, Fauzi said DAP ran the state like a business entity, constantly seeking profits and forgetting the people, as could be seen in the proposed hike in water conservation surcharge in Penang.
On the next general election, Fauzi said Pas aimed to defeat all those in power, who were “playing boss” to the people.
“Pas foresees more than 100 scenarios in the next general election, but we are ready to face all of them,” he added.
State opposition leader Datuk Jahara Hamid supported Penang Pas’ call for the state government to retract its circular.
Jahara said the issuance of fatwa was an Islamic affair and that it was wrong for the state government to interfere.
“The members of the Fatwa Council are not Tom, Dick and Harry, but Islamic scholars well versed on what is best for Muslims.
“The state government has no right to interfere and block fatwa.
“This was something the previous BN state government understood well as it respected the state Fatwa Council and the powers of the king as head of Islam in the country,” said the Teluk Ayer Tawar assemblywoman.
Penang Gerakan vice-chairman Oh
Tong Keong said the matter boiled down to political power and respect for the rights of Muslims to decide on their own fatwa.
“The state government is hungry for more political power, and it appears to have no respect for the Fatwa Council and the king,” he said.
Gerakan vice-president Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai said respecting religious rights had always been observed by BN.
“We are living in a multiracial, multireligious country. Gerakan respects the right of others to practise their faith, as long as they do not impose their religious values or rules on others,” Lau said yesterday.
On DAP’s alleged interference in the issuance of fatwa in Penang, Lau said it was common for DAP to place itself in control over everything.
“DAP is on a power trip. The party generally wants to take control of everything under the sun,” Lau added.
Fatwa is under the jurisdiction of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as the head of Islam. The state government should not interfere in the matter. Who are they to do so?
Datuk Jahara Hamid
Oh Tong Keong