PETALING JAYA: The Federal Territories PKR Youth wing has lodged a police report against Federal Territories PAS commissioner Azhar Yahya over his statement about local elections.
Bernama reported that the wing’s chief, Azfar Aza Azhar, said the PAS leader’s statement – in which he claimed that local elections could cause racial tensions – was factually wrong and racist.
“We understand there might be those who agree and disagree about local elections, but (why) play up racial issues and use wrong facts?” he said after lodging the report at the Setapak police station.
“He (Azhar) said that Lembah Pantai and Bandar Tun Razak are areas with non-Malay majorities.
“That’s factually wrong as Lembah Pantai has 59% Malay voters, 17% Chinese voters and 11% Indian voters.
“In Bandar Tun Razak, Malays make up 62% of the voters and the rest are non-Malays.”
Wangsa Maju district police chief Ashari Abu Samah confirmed receiving the report and said that the case had been referred to the Bukit Aman classified crime investigation unit as it touches on 3R (race, religion and royalty) issues.
On Dec 17, Kuala Lumpur DAP chairman Tan Kok Wai called on Putrajaya to start local government elections in the capital city first to bolster democracy.
Tan, who is Cheras MP, said reintroducing local elections in the city would give the residents the right to select their city council representatives.
Local elections in Malaysia were suspended in the 1960s and later replaced by a system of appointed heads, with mayors of city councils as well as presidents of municipal and district councils being appointed by the state governments.
PAS opposed Tan’s idea, claiming that it will lead to a loss of political power among Malays.
In a post on PAS’s X account yesterday, Azhar claimed local council elections would result in an alleged monopoly by Malaysian Chinese.
He also claimed DAP was dominant in parliamentary seats in Kuala Lumpur such as Kepong, Seputeh, Cheras, Bukit Bintang and Segambut.
He also claimed that the Bandar Tun Razak, Setiawangsa, Lembah Pantai and Wangsa Maju constituencies are mixed seats dominated by non-Malays.
“What guarantees are there that Malays will win seats and have a majority voice to ensure that the rights and privileges of Islam and Malays are preserved as stipulated in Article 3 of the Federal Constitution?”