KUALA LUMPUR: The National Patriot’s Association is baffled by Perlis Mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin’s remark that Muslims are being bullied under the Pakatan Harapan administration and for telling Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to listen to the “reality” on the ground.
Saying it all “depends on which side of the news the learned mufti chooses to lend his ears”, Patriot president brig-gen (rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji asked where was Asri when the administration of Najib Razak was getting involved in mega scandals.
He further called on Asri to drop his prejudices and think like a Malaysian.
He asked if Asri was ignorant that opposition spin masters were concocting lies on race, religion and royalty issues because the opposition parties had nothing on national issues to fault the Pakatan Harapan government with.
Arshad said there was plenty of fake news in the current “arena of psychological warfare and racial politicking”. Asri’s concerns were misplaced, he added, if he chose to listen to uncorroborated grievances.
Arshad said Mahathir and his Cabinet were making the economy their main priority because the previous administration had damaged it, thus affecting everyone, including the majority Malays. He noted that the PH government was working to rescue institutions established to help Malays such as Felda and Tabung Haji which were damaged by the previous government.
“BN-era infrastructure contracts given to Malays/Umno cronies are allowed by the finance ministry to continue after renegotiation, saving a meager sum of RM806 million. If these actions of the government are not considered kind towards the people, particularly the Muslims, then what is?
“Mohd Asri has lost credibility for not speaking up strongly enough against Najib Razak and the top officials of the previous administration when the mega scandals had disgraced our nation. He has little credibility to speak on the concerns of the people now.
“A mufti as head of the Islamic religion in the state must also propagate unity among all races from different religions. Every religion advocates understanding, tolerance and respect for each other’s belief. “
Arshad noted that Asri had made the remarks after the arrest of independent preacher Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu for allegedly insulting Hinduism, pointing out that the arrest was an isolated incident and it must be left to the police to handle it. Zamri is also close to Asri.
“Patriot would like to reiterate that no one, no preacher, whatever the religious denomination, should make comparisons between one’s religion and that of others. Doing so would invite animosity that will divide further our society that is at the lowest ebb now. “
He said those like Asri and his cohorts, who were prejudiced, should start thinking as Malaysians so that the nation could be prosperous and peaceful.