Take it back, Shahidan insists on BN-holy ash link

Arau MP Shahidan Kassim.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tempers were briefly reignited in the Dewan Rakyat today over the issue of holy ash, with a Barisan Nasional (BN) MP demanding that RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) retract his statement linking the coalition to the remarks by Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN-Pasir Salak).

Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau), who yesterday urged Rayer to retract his comment, said the Pakatan Harapan (PH) MP had yet to do so.

He said Tajuddin had retracted his question of whether the ashes on Rayer’s forehead were the ashes of communist leader Chin Peng.

“But Jelutong has not retracted his words (linking BN to the incident),” he said, referring to Rayer’s complaint that “the YB from BN insulted the Hindus”.

However, Rayer said he wished to raise the issue of the floods in the east coast, adding that 12,468 families had been relocated at Kuala Krai, Pasir Puteh, Bachok and Jeli.

“I want to state my concerns. I have carried out humanitarian exercises at Kuala Krau. If any help is needed, we are ready to assist,” he said.

Shahidan voiced support for this but added: “I want him (Rayer) to retract his words.”

He was also heard saying “DAP is a supporter of communists” before Dewan Rakyat speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof muted the microphones.

Ariff also reminded Shahidan that action would be taken against him if he made accusations without any evidence.

“If you (Shahidan) accuse again, I will use my powers as speaker,” Ariff said.