DAP Youth today lodged a police report over what it claims was a racially and religiously charged campaign by PAS and Umno in the Cameron Highlands by-election.
Specifically, DAP Youth chief Howard Lee is upset at a joint ceramah by PAS and Umno in Kampung Keledek last night, where they branded DAP as anti-Malay and anti-Islam.
“They also claimed that DAP wants to abolish the royal institution – this is a serious accusation and slander which goes against Article 499 of the Penal Code,” he told journalists after lodging the report at the Brinchang police station.
The report named PAS Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi as the one who uttered the statements.
Kuantan MP and deputy minister in the prime minister’s department in charge of Islamic affairs Fuziah Salleh was also present.
“The ceramah yesterday involving PAS and Umno speakers played the racial and religious card.
“They called on Malay Muslims to vote for the Muslim candidate but they do not reflect the conduct of a Muslim,” she said.
She stressed that Pakatan Harapan, including DAP, upholds the federal constitution.
She said parties such as PAS and Umno shouldn’t tell Muslim voters to just vote for Muslim candidates when they themselves behave in ways that don’t reflect Islam, such as falsely accusing (fitnah) other parties.
“Don’t talk about Islam, don’t talk about voting for Muslims, when Muslims themselves like Umno and PAS think they are holier than others because they are from an Islamic party?
“No, it is reflected in their own actions, which falsely accuse others,” said Fuziah.
She said she supported the police report lodged by Lee who cited a report by Malaysiakini, which stated that PAS and Umno leaders, including Muhammad Khalil, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, Umno Youth Chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki and Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, had taken turns to paint DAP as anti-Malay and anti-Islam.
Reportedly. Muhammad Khalil, who is PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s son, had alleged that DAP wanted to remove Islam as the official religion of the country, and had “disturbed” both Islamic institutions and the monarchy since coming to power.
“PAS always talks about mature politics, but this is half-baked politics. Hopefully, we won’t see more racist, false statements in the remaining campaign period till voting day,” Lee said.
Tanah Rata assemblyman Chiong Yoke Kong commented that Barisan Nasional was resorting to its traditional campaigning style by throwing false accusations in Jelai constituency, where the Malay and orang asli voters were in the majority, whilst in Tanah Rata, they used land issues and threatened voters.
Youth wing representatives from other Pakatan component parties such as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and PKR were also present when Lee lodged the report at the police district headquarters.