COMMUNICATION and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil has offered a word of advice to Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim: stop making provocative remarks in Parliament that have no basis in fact.
This is after Shahidan had raised a question about the absence of a specific Arabic phrase from newly-elected Pulai MP Suhaizan Kayat’s oath of office recently.
“Before, when taking our oaths, didn’t we say ‘Wallahi, Wabillahi, Wataalahi?’” he had asked, referring to the Arabic terms used in an Islamic oath during the Dewan Rakyat session on Tuesday (Sept 19).
Debunking Shahidan’s claim, Fahmi had, in a video posted by PH on their official X (formerly Twitter) account, shown brief clips of Bagan Datuk MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Pagoh MP Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Marang MP Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang in 2022, 2018 and 2013 respectively, taking their oaths of office which did not contain the Arabic terms that Shahidan had mentioned.
Kenapa masa angkat sumpah dah tak sebut nama Allah?
Tak perlulah timbulkan persoalan yang tak wujud. Dengar sendiri YB Fahmi Fadzil sekolahkan Shahidan Kasim. pic.twitter.com/YYNh0Q2iNd
— Pakatan Harapan (@pakatanharapan_) September 21, 2023
“Of course, we should also take a look at what Shahidan himself had read when he took his oath of office as Arau MP in 2022,” the PKR information chief said before showing a brief clip of the Shahidan himself taking the oath which also did not contain the Arabic terms.
“Therefore, it is clear that there are no mentions of the terms ‘Wallahi, Wabillahi, Wataalahi’ in the oath of office ceremony for MPs not only for this term but for other terms as well,” the Lembah Pantai MP added.
“Shahidan, stop making provocative remarks in Parliament with statements that have no basis in fact, as it has been proven that you yourself as an MP did not utter the phrase.
“Remember, fact-check before you share, and verify the information you receive before you share it on social media.”
Suhaizan, who won the recent Pulai by-election after defeating his two other competitors with a majority of 18,641 votes defeating PN’s Zulkifli Jaafar and independent candidate Samsudin Mohamad Fauzi, took his oath as MP for Pulai on Tuesday (Sept 19).
The by-election for the Pulai parliamentary seat was held following the death of the incumbent, Salahuddin, who was also the domestic trade and cost of living minister on July 23. – Sept 21, 2023