KUALA LUMPUR: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang should be more like the late Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, who was inclusive and tolerant towards other races.
Lim described Nik Aziz as “open to all and respected by many non-Muslims”.
When asked if Nik Aziz ever confronted DAP on Hadi’s allegations before, Lim said, “no”.
“I think you have to ask him (Hadi) as Nik Aziz is not around any more.
“Hadi has said many things, so it’s up to the people to decide. We have disagreed with many of the things he has said.
“This includes making non-Muslims second class citizens, and having two functions of the cabinet where the lower positions can have non-Muslims just to help implement policies.
“Is that Malaysian? Hadi should learn from Nik Aziz, who even visited the late Karpal Singh.
“That’s being Malaysian, you must interact with other Malaysians as in interacting with people of all races.
“Why is Hadi only limiting himself to one group?” Hadi is different (from Nik Aziz),” he said during a press conference at the DAP headquarters here today.
Lim reminded Hadi that he had attended Nik Aziz’s funeral.
“Bear in mind when Nik Aziz passed away, I attended his funeral and I also spoke during his funeral.
“If that was the case (Hadi’s allegation) then I don’t think I would have been welcomed at that time.”
Nik Aziz passed away in 2015 at the age of 75. He was the Chempaka state assemblyman, a seat he won in the 13th general election with a 6,500 vote-majority.
He was the Kelantan MB for 23 years until 2013.
It was reported recently that Hadi claimed Nik Aziz had noticed “problems” with DAP, alleging that it included the “increasing use of racial and religious rhetoric”.