Pa­triot: Zahid’s com­ments ‘puz­zling’

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KUALA LUMPUR: Na­tional Pa­tri­ots As­so­ci­a­tion (Pa­triot) pres­i­dent Brig Gen (Rtd) Datuk Mo­hamed Ar­shad Raji has said it is “puz­zling” for Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi to call on all par­ties not to “dis­turb” the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion, par­tic­u­larly in re­gard to Is­lam, the po­si­tion of Malay rulers and the Malay language.

Mo­hamed Ar­shad ques­tioned Ah­mad Zahid’s mo­tive for mak­ing such a state­ment at a time when Umno is go­ing through a tur­bu­lent pe­riod, with its mem­bers leav­ing the party and its lead­ers fac­ing crim­i­nal charges.

“It is a di­ver­sion­ary tac­tic aimed at keep­ing a dy­ing party rel­e­vant through its pre­tense to de­fend Is­lam, the Malay race and the rulers. It is puz­zling that he has be­come overly con­cerned about the is­sues he raised when in fact no party, es­pe­cially the non-Malays, has ever ques­tioned the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion re­lat­ing to those is­sues ever since the Con­sti­tu­tion was first adopted.”

He said Pa­triot holds that the is­sues of race, re­li­gion and the rulers as stip­u­lated in the Con­sti­tu­tion are sacro­sanct, and are not to be ques­tioned.

“If Ah­mad Zahid’s state­ment is aimed at non-Malay groups and groups op­posed to Umno, then Pa­triot sees it as hav­ing no rel­e­vance.” – by Vathani Panirchel­lvum

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