Hadi: Both par­ties must help de­fend Malay in­ter­ests

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

KUALA TERENG­GANU: The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween PAS and Umno is cru­cial in de­fend­ing the in­ter­ests of the coun­try’s Malay-Mus­lim ma­jor­ity, says Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence af­ter clos­ing the 64th an­nual PAS gen­eral as­sem­bly or muk­ta­mar, the party pres­i­dent said when the fed­eral gov­ern­ment was dom­i­nated by non-Mus­lims, they needed to make sure that Malaysia’s Mus­lim ma­jor­ity was not ne­glected.

“There even have been sug­ges­tions, for ex­am­ple, that the re­li­gious coun­cils be abol­ished or for LGBT rights to be recog­nised.

“Th­ese are sen­si­tive top­ics for Mus­lims and we can­not al­low such things to hap­pen,” he said.

Ear­lier, in his wind­ing-up speech, Ab­dul Hadi said the Malay-Mus­lim com­mu­nity had only them­selves to blame for events that took place af­ter May 9, when non-Mus­lims were ap­pointed to top gov­ern­ment posts.

Ab­dul Hadi said it was their fault for al­low­ing Pakatan Hara­pan to lead the gov­ern­ment.

“Don’t get an­gry over what hap­pened be­cause it was the Malays them­selves who voted them in,” he said.

Af­ter the gen­eral elec­tion, there was an up­roar by pro-Malay groups over the ap­point­ments of non-Mus­lims like Tommy Thomas as At­tor­ney Gen­eral and Tan Sri Richard Malan­jum as Chief Jus­tice.

How­ever, Ab­dul Hadi did not specif­i­cally men­tion those cases.

“A preg­nant mother is not to be blamed (for what hap­pened). It is the vot­ers’ fault,” he said.

Mean­while, PAS deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man pro­posed hav­ing uni­form syariah court pun­ish­ments in all states.

“We pro­pose that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of takzir be stan­dard­ised across all states, in­clud­ing where they are car­ried out.

“The pun­ish­ment dif­fers as some courts choose can­ing while some mete out fines.

“Th­ese de­pend on the judges. So, if there is some sort of uni­for­mity for court judges in dif­fer­ent states, it would be bet­ter.

“Some mufti have ex­pressed their sup­port for this stan­dard­i­s­a­tion, and we wel­come it,” said Tuan Ibrahim.

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