GEORGE TOWN: It is rude for someone claiming to be an ulama and the leader of an Islamist party to say “impolite” words to others, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said.
Lim was responding to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, who recently described DAP as “anak butir tahi PAP” or “droppings of PAP”, referring to Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party.
Lim said Hadi’s remark was nothing new as he had used a barrage of other coarse words before.
“This is impolite language by Hadi which should not be uttered by a leader who wants to lead the country, be it a prime minister or a menteri besar.
“Before this, he used the word ‘babi’ and others against DAP… when this uncouth language is used repeatedly, it is as if they want to stir the emotions of non-Muslims and non-Malays,” Lim said at a press conference at Komtar today.
On Tuesday, Hadi had associated DAP with PAP, saying that prior to Singapore’s independence from Malaysia in 1965, there were many PAP branches in the country.
After Singapore’s exit, Hadi said, PAP’s branches in Malaysia changed to DAP.
“So DAP is PAP’s droppings (anak butir tahi PAP),” he had said, although quickly adding that his language “may be a bit crude”.
His comment was condemned by a group of 12 Muslim DAP leaders, who, reminding him of a verse in the Quran, said it was unbecoming of someone who claimed to follow the word of God and the teachings of the prophet to use such language.
“We are sad and disappointed with the words uttered by someone who is the vice-chief of the World Ulama Council,” the group said in a statement.
They also denied DAP’s purported link with Singapore’s PAP and asked Hadi to repent.