DAP regrets Pas' motion calling for Malay Muslim PM only

AUDREY DERMAWAN

GEORGE TOWN: DAP has expressed regret over a motion issued by Pas, at the party’s muktamar yesterday, that the prime minister must be a Malay Muslim to ensure that the Islam remains as the country’s official religion and to ensure that Islam is used in the governance of the country.


DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, in a live Facebook video, which was uploaded on to his FB page this afternoon, said Pas was trying to stir up racial sentiment and extremism.


“By saying that the prime minister must be a Malay Muslim, it paints a picture that a non-Malay Muslim is claiming to become the prime minister.


“In fact, the prime minister’s candidate has all along been a Malay Muslim. Even, in Pakatan Harapan, we have named Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.


“As such, Pas’ action is seen as trying to sow the seed of hatred and fear among the people,” the Penang Chief Minister said.


The Islamist party yesterday dealt a major blow to DAP by delivering an unequivocal pronouncement – it would never allow Putrajaya to be taken over by a socialist, secular government if the Barisan Nasional government is defeated.


Delegates of the Pas Ulama wing also approved a motion to amend the Federal Constitution to insert a new clause that the prime minister must be a Malay Muslim.