ON FATWA’

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po­lice re­ports.

“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.

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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

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