Pas taking legal action against Nanyang Siang Pau over cartoon


KUALA LUMPUR: Pas intends to take legal action against Chinese newspaper Nanyang Siang Pau over an editorial cartoon which it deems insulting to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Furthermore, Pas secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan has claimed that the cartoon not only insulted the two leaders, but also Muslims and Islamic laws.

"Pas cannot compromise over such a thing, and will take legal action against the parties responsible.

“Towards this end, Pas has appointed a lawyer to pursue the matter," he said in a statement here today.

Takiyuddin said Pas also wants the Home Ministry to review the newspaper's permit and take appropriate action.

Yesterday, the newspaper carried an apology over the cartoon, which appeared in its portal, eNanyang,

Nanyang Siang Pau admitted that the illustration is not suitable for public consumption.

The cartoon is a caricature of the two leaders, depicted as monkeys wearing songkoks, in the context of Abdul Hadi's tabling of a Private Member's Bill in the Dewan Rakyat, calling for harsher punishment for shariah offences.

Pandikar allowed the bill to be tabled, but deferred debate until the next sitting of the Dewan Rakyat in July.

In Selangor, Pas supporters handed over a memorandum to the newspaper’s chief editor, voicing its objection over the cartoon.

The memorandum was delivered by Selangor Pas Youth chief, Syarhan Humaizi Abdul Halim at 11am today. -- BERNAMA