More racially charged incidents after PH took over, says PAS leader

A stall selling food items at the Melaka International Trade Center (MITC) during the Tastefully Food & Beverage Expo which ended today. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: A PAS leader in Melaka has urged authorities to investigate what he said was a series of deliberate actions to create mistrust between different communities in the state, adding that they have become more frequent since Pakatan Harapan came to power.

State PAS Youth chief Ahmad Bilal Rahudin said the recent revelation that several stalls at a food fair in a state-owned building were selling pork-based products could be part of “motivated acts” to cause ill-feelings between the various races.

“Such incidents had never happened, but lately, since Pakatan Harapan’s takeover, inter-communal relations are beginning to be undermined. Political power is seen as a licence by certain quarters to display their arrogance, and to be insolent by widening the prevalent differences and ultimately threaten public security,” Ahmad Bilal said in a statement.

Yesterday, the Melaka International Trade Center (MITC) in Ayer Keroh apologised after social media users complained about pork-based products being displayed at the “Tastefully Food and Beverage” in its exhibition hall.

Ahmad Bilal Rahudin.

It is understood that non-halal products were previously not allowed inside the MITC, and were restricted to its exterior.

The complaints came some three months after a controversy during the Agro Malaysia Excellence Award dinner in July, where organisers were accused of insensitivity for serving pork to Muslim journalists.

Ahmad Bilal cited many other actions he said were attempts to drive a wedge between various communities in Melaka.

He said they included the unveiling of a statue of Jesus Christ in the Portuguese Settlement which he said was not for religious purposes, the refusal of hotels in the state to abide by the halal standards set by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim), a “mega beer festival” and a “mammoth Christian evangelist” gathering.

“Although there should be openness when it comes to allowing religious freedom and religious practice, it should not be at the cost of others,” he said.