Malaysia's opposition PAS member gets 'ultimatum' over WhatsApp remarks

Malaysia's opposition PAS member gets 'ultimatum' over WhatsApp remarks
DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua.

PETALING JAYA - PAS central committee member Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki should leave Pakatan Rakyat if he does not apologise for his racist and extremist remarks, said DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua.

"The rakyat is asking him to acknowledge his narrow thinking and to apologise.

"If he is not regretful over his racist and extremist thinking, we (DAP) do not want him to continue to be in Pakatan even though he has no intention of leaving," Pua said in a press statement yesterday.

The Petaling Jaya Utara MP noted that Dr Mohd Zuhdi's clarification of his controversial statements in the PAS Central Committee's WhatsApp group touched on whether PAS should quit Pakatan but was silent on his racist and extremist remarks.

Pua said it was Dr Mohd Zuhdi's right to make an analysis on whether PAS should remain in Pakatan although talk of the "divorce had caused a lot of disappointment" over the future of the opposition pact.

"Although many (would) feel disappointed if PAS divorced PKR and DAP, the issue that angered the rakyat was the content of his analysis and not that he had put forward the analysis," he said.

"It is not whether Dr Mohd Zuhdi's discussion in the WhatsApp group was confidential, private or just a scenario.

"The issue is that he revealed his thinking and racist and extremist slant in his analysis," Pua said.

He called on the PAS leadership to take action against any of its leaders who hold similar narrow views to avoid the party's stand of "PAS for All" getting tarnished.

This is the second time that DAP has clashed with PAS over their partnership in Pakatan after the hudud issue earlier this year threatened their ties.

Sarawak DAP had even threatened to pull out of Pakatan if PAS went ahead with its plan to table its Private Members' Bill on hudud in Kelantan.

In a separate development, DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke's calls for action against Dr Mohd Zuhdi made him the target of malicious tweets.

"I was alerted by several DAP members that tweets of a statement I never made were being circulated.

"My fictitious statement was even re-tweeted by Johor MB Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin," the Seremban MP said.

Loke suspects the tweets began circulating owing to his statement against Dr Mohd Zuhdi a day earlier.

The tweets included a photograph of Loke with a quote attributed to him, reminding PAS that DAP did not need it but that it needed DAP to attract non-Muslim votes.

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