GEORGE TOWN: DAP’s Lim Guan Eng says PAS is creating animosity between Muslims and non-Muslims with a motion tabled in its muktamar yesterday insisting that a Malay Muslim be made prime minister.
Lim, who is DAP secretary-general, said the motion was unnecessary as the position of prime minister was always given to a Muslim.
“Although PAS can table any motion they wish, it appears that they are trying to melaga-lagakan (pit) Muslims against non-Muslims.
“I regret they have proposed this motion. It is as if non-Muslims have demanded the PMship. They (PAS) appear to be racist and extremist with such motions.
“These kinds of efforts are unhealthy, especially when leaders use bahasa kesat (vulgar language) against non-Muslim leaders,” Lim said in a Facebook Live statement today.
PAS’ Dewan Ulama had reportedly proposed a motion asking PAS MPs to urge the government to amend the Federal Constitution, to specifically state that the position of prime minister must go to a Malay Muslim.
PAS Ulama information chief Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali had said a Muslim was needed for proper leadership through Islamic values.
Lim said Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for prime minister had always been Anwar Ibrahim.
He urged PAS to remember that Malaysia was a country of many races and religions.
“We should be fighting all kemungkaran (evils) and rasuah (bribery). That should be our top priority,” he said.
Lim also took the opportunity to speak on the goods and services tax (GST), saying that there was no difference between abolishing the GST and zero-rating it, as both had the same effect.
He said PKR MP Nurul Izzah Anwar’s recent call for zero-rated GST had been made with the same intention, which was to abolish the tax.
“GST has mudaratkan (worsened) the country’s economy. We want to reduce the cost of living for all. This is a promise by Pakatan.”
He claimed the GST was being charged as the government did not have money as a result of corruption scandals.