As­saulted aide will not lodge re­port

New Straits Times - - News / Nation -

GE­ORGE TOWN: For­mer Royal Malaysian Air Force se­nior of­fi­cer Ma­jor Zaidi Ah­mad, who was slapped by a pro­tester out­side Sim­pang Enam Mosque here yes­ter­day, will not lodge a po­lice re­port.

Zaidi, who is now Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng’s in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, told the New Straits Times that he would not re­port the mat­ter as the man who slapped him was an old man.

In­stead, he blamed Jali­nan Mus­limin Pu­lau Pi­nang chair­man Mo­hamad Hafiz Mo­hamad Nordin for the in­ci­dent, say­ing the lat­ter had slan­dered the state govern­ment by say­ing “the state govern­ment blocked the is­suance of fatwa”.

“When I con­fronted him (Hafiz) and asked which fatwa was blocked, he could not an­swer. Since I kept ask­ing him, his sup­port­ers got an­gry and one of them slapped me.

“They slan­dered peo­ple and ex­pected me to keep quiet?

“How would you feel if peo­ple slan­dered you?” he asked.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened when a com­mo­tion broke out dur­ing a demon­stra­tion out­side the mosque af­ter Fri­day prayers.

The demon­stra­tion, or­gan­ised by a group of Mus­lim non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and Pas mem­bers, was held to voice out their dis­sat­is­fac­tion over the state govern­ment’s al­leged in­ter­fer­ence in the is­suance of fatwa in the state.

Zaidi, who was at the mosque, was said to have ap­proached the group and a scuf­fle en­sued be­fore sev­eral demon­stra­tors shoved Zaidi, who was heard shout­ing “bodoh” (stupid).

Plain­clothes po­lice­men, who were in the area, tried to defuse the sit­u­a­tion and re­quested Zaidi to leave. He, how­ever, de­cided to re­main at the mosque and ques­tioned the group’s mo­tive for hold­ing the demon­stra­tion.

Speak­ing to news­men later, Hafiz said it was Zaidi who pro­voked them.

“He touched me, re­sult­ing in the oth­ers shov­ing him.

“Any­way, we are plan­ning to lodge a po­lice re­port,” he said.

Ear­lier, the group of pro­test­ers held plac­ards, de­mand­ing that the state govern­ment stop its al­leged in­ter­fer­ence in the is­suance of fatwa in the state.

They also called for Pas’s sole as­sem­bly­man Datuk Salleh Man’s sit­ting in the state leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly to be moved to the op­po­si­tion side since Pas had sev­ered ties with DAP and PKR.

Pe­nang Pas had re­cently de­manded the DAPled state govern­ment re­tract its cir­cu­lar on the is­suance of fatwa in the state.

Its com­mis­sioner, Muham­mad Fauzi Yu­soff, who deemed the move as in­ter­fer­ing in Is­lamic mat­ters, said to date, the state govern­ment had yet to re­tract the cir­cu­lar de­spite calls from Pas and the Mus­lim com­mu­nity.

The cir­cu­lar makes it manda­tory for all fatwa to be ap­proved by its state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil be­fore be­ing gazetted.

Early this year, Pe­nang Pas Youth had re­vealed that there was po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence by the state govern­ment in the ap­point­ment of the state mufti and the is­suance of fatwa.

When I con­fronted him (Hafiz) and asked which fatwa was blocked, he could not an­swer. Since I kept ask­ing him, his sup­port­ers got an­gry and one of them slapped me.

MA­JOR ZAIDI AH­MAD Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng’s in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer

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