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Gerakan sees Pakatan making Islamist moves

 | July 12, 2012

Teng Hock Nan comments on Kuala Selangor’s gender segregation.

GEORGE TOWN: Gerakan vice-president Dr Teng Hock Nan today accused Pakatan Rakyat-led state governments of moving towards Islamist governance.

Commenting on a Kuala Selangor District Council (MDKS) prohibiting unmarried Muslim couples from sitting together in cinema halls, he said Pakatan had failed to understand the sensitivities of non-Muslim communities.

“They seem to ignore the fact that some of their policies can have direct or indirect bearing on non-Muslims in terms of democratic rights, freedom of religious beliefs and practices, and way of life,” he said.

Teng, who heads Penang Gerakan, also noted that in December 2008, PAS leaders approved the I-Dance Campaign only after the Penang government agreed to segregate male Muslim participants from the female dancers.

He also took aim at the Kedah government, saying it had demolished the only pig abattoir in the state, banned challenges to state fatwas and issued a ruling requiring Jawi script on advertisement billboards.

“I hope the people will analyse all this clearly,” he said. “The people should be more cautious as we don’t want our rights to be infringed further.”


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