DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke Siew Fook criticised Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor for his recent remark suggesting that “ah pek in shorts will be teaching Islam” if Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Barisan Nasional (BN) continue to govern Malaysia.
The Transport Minister said the PAS leader should look at Penang, which had been under DAP administration for 15 years before making such an accusation.
“DAP has been in power in Penang for three terms, for 15 years. Was there any ‘ah pek Cina reciting Friday sermon’ in Penang?
“Penang should be the best example of this. Is there no mosque in Penang (since DAP took over)? But this is the sentiment that they want to play up,” Loke (above, right) told reporters after a ceramah in Telemong, Bentong last night (Oct 4).
Moreover, Loke questioned the authenticity of Sanusi’s claim, pointing out that during DAP’s tenure in Penang, there had been no instances of ‘ah pek Cina reciting Friday sermons’ in mosques.
Loke regarded Sanusi’s remark as telling how “shallow” the latter is.
“What puzzles me is, when PAS and DAP were working together, they fought against the same attacks, which were then said by UMNO. But today, they are using the same slander and logic. They know what they say is not true.
“This shows that they are out of issues to raise.”
Furthermore, Loke also expressed his confidence in the upcoming elections, stating that DAP supporters in various villages in Pelangai would rally behind BN candidate Amizar Abu Adam.
“While we didn’t get the majority votes in Pelangai during the recent general election, we did get quite a good support from areas like Telemong, Manchis and two or three other villages.
“We still got around 30 percent of the votes from Pelangai. And with this kind of support which we will ‘transfer’ to BN, I’m confident the BN candidate can win comfortably,” he added. – Oct 5, 2023
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