Asri’s aide questions PAS after car torching linked to volunteer group

The Honda Accord of Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, which was torched in the early hours of March 22.

PETALING JAYA: An aide of Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin today took PAS to task after the circulation of several pictures linking two members of the Islamist party’s volunteer group to the recent torching of the mufti’s car.

The administrator of Asri’s Facebook account posted several pictures of individuals whom it claimed were from PAS’ Unit Amal, saying “reports” had suggested their involvement in the March 22 incident.

“It is true that Asri sometimes expresses views different from those in PAS,” the post said.

“The question is, if they do not agree, do they justify the destruction of property and harm to those with differing views?

“Why not just organise a scholarly debate between Asri’s views and those of PAS on the issue of Muslims calling each other infidels?”

The administrator also voiced hope that Muslims do not resort to such actions simply because others have differing political views.

“Dr Maza is now in Sabah,” it said, referring to Asri by his popular nickname. “We will wait for his views when he returns to Perlis.”

On March 22, two men were caught on CCTV setting fire to Asri’s black Honda Accord on Jalan Persiaran Wawasan in Perlis.

In the incident which took place at 5.45am, the mufti’s car engine and left front tyre were set ablaze while the front and back windscreens were smashed.

FMT has contacted PAS’ Unit Amal and the police and is awaiting their comments.