Seri Delima assemblyman Nethaji Rayer has reminded political novice Mohd Nor Hamzah of Karpal Singh's stature and knowledge.
Seri Delima state representative RS Nethaji Rayer cautioned Mohd Nor not to misbehave and be rude to Karpal, who had always been consistent and firm against the PAS Islamic agenda and hudud law.
“I wish to remind Mohd Nor that he is a political novice compared with Karpal who has been in politics for long,” said Rayer.
Rayer reminded Bukit Payung assemblyman Mohd Nor that Karpal’s views were respected by all including PAS senior leaders like president Abdul Hadi Awang and spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.
He urged Mohd Nor to check his facts before shooting his mouth off as Abdul Hadi had stated clearly at the Pakatan Rakyat Muktamar 2011 in Penang that PAS would adopt an election manifestor to set up a welfare state, not an Islamic state.
“Karpal knew his facts, Mohd Nor did not,” Rayer said in a statement here today.
In calling for DAP national chairman Karpal’s political retirement last week, Mohd Nor claimed that the senior politician’s “outdated views” had become a liability to Pakatan.
He claimed that Karpal’s media outbursts against the implementation of hudud had strained the relationship among Pakatan parties.
The PAS Islamic agenda could become a hurdle for Pakatan to seize control of Putrajaya in the next general election.
Karpal has regularly spoken against PAS’ Islamic brand while PAS and even MCA leaders have erroneously claimed that he was alone in the DAP opposing it.
Such claims gained momentum given that DAP top defenders of ethnic Chinese interests like Lim Kit Siang and, his son and party secretary-general Guan Eng were strangely quiet on the Islamist issue.
Last Saturday, DAP’s Bagan Dalam state representative A Tanasekharan reminded Mohd Nor “not to be rude” to Karpal.
The DAP man said two-term Bukit Gelugor MP, Karpal had a parliamentary duty to safeguard and protect the secular spirit of the Federal Constitution.
A group of DAP grassroots leaders in Selangor have also declared full support to their chairman to oppose any attempt to implement an Islamic state.
Yesterday Pakatan officially stated that it would not implement hudud when it comes to power.