PAS Youth: Jeff Ooi the rudest MP in the country

Khalil Abdul Hadi

KUALA LUMPUR: The DAP has shown its true colours for failing to confront one of their members over a rude Twitter posting about the death of PAS spiritual leader Haron Din, according to PAS Youth.

The wing’s deputy chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi said the DAP’s Jeff Ooi, the MP for Jelutong, had been shown to be “the rudest MP in the country after coming out with such a statement on social media.”

Ooi was reported to have said “Adios Harun Din. Let there be peace” in a Twitter posting on Friday. He was reported to have later changed it to “Received a personal call awhile ago. So … Farewell. Let there be peace.”

Khalil told reporters outside the Dang Wangi police station that the DAP had shown their true colours when none of the party’s leaders spoke out against the remark.

He pointed out that Muslims were taught to respect the dead even if they were non-Muslims.

“It is extremely disappointing that he would come up with such an insulting statement over a person who has passed away and I worry that this could create a situation of disharmony in the country,” Khalil said.

Later however, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said in a statement: “DAP regrets the insensitive statement from Jelutong parliamentarian Jeff Ooi with regard to Haron’s passing yesterday. I would like to announce that the re-tweet has been deleted.

Lim also expressed regret if any of Haron’s family members felt slighted over Ooi’s re-tweet which he said did not represent the party’s stand.

Haron, who was 77, died of heart complications on Thursday while being treated at Stanford University hospital in San Francisco. He was buried on Friday.