PERIKATAN Nasional Youth is offended by Beruas MP Ngeh Koo Ham’s statement which attributed yesterday’s Molotov cocktail attack at his Ayer Tawar home in Perak to the action of an individual who was angered by his proposal to appoint non-Muslim constitutional experts to offer views on provisions in the Federal Constitution.
While the party is sympathetic with the DAP Perak chief over the loss of his properties which include three cars (Mercedes E300, a Honda CRV and Toyota Hilux) in the incident, this should not be a ticket for Ngeh to make a baseless accusation, according to the movement’s chief Ahmad Fadhli Shaari.
“Ngeh doesn’t need to lead the authorities in ascertaining the cause of the fire and the individual responsible for this incident if it is indeed true that this incident is a form of attack,” he pointed out in a media statement.
“Let the authorities carry out the investigation freely. Have trust in the competence of the PDRM (Royal Malaysia Police). If there is sufficient evidence, PN Youth strongly supports legal action against the perpetrators involved because Malaysia is a country with laws.”
While forgiving the people behind the fire that broke out at his home, Ngeh who gave a media conference yesterday afternoon (Jan 10) said he suspected the perpetrators to have been misled by falsehoods and instigated by others into committing the act.
“The only reason I suspect this attack could occur is due to the media statement I issued on Dec 28 last year,” he revealed.
The former Perak State Legislative Assembly Speaker courted controversy with his proposal that non-Muslim constitutional experts be appointed into the committee headed by former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi to study the conflicts between Shariah laws and the Federal Constitution
“I specifically stated that the views of non-Muslims with regard to the provisions in the Federal Constitution be taken into account. Never at any point of time did I say that they interfere in Islamic Laws or Islamic matters,” he had clarified in a media statement issued yesterday (Jan 10) in conjunction with his media conference.
“I also suggested that a representative from the Malaysian Bar be appointed as it is a statutory body formed with an interested in any matter related to our country’s laws.”
However, PN Youth could have misconstrued Ngeh’s statement by accusing him instead of repeatedly touching on the sensitivity of Muslims.
“Isn’t the previous barbaric statement enough that he has to once again added this kind of evil perception?” Ahmad Fadhli hit out. “Ngeh also doesn’t need to pretend to have forgiven the wrongdoers when he has just thrown malicious accusation and slander against the opposition and people who criticise his barbaric proposals.”
Moreover, PN Youth felt that Ngeh has once again tried to fan religious and racial tension by attempting “to drag into open the incident that happened at his house with a story that is not based on solid evidence”.
“Thus, as a measure to control Ngeh from repeating further evil actions, PN Youth will mobilise a police report to curb the slanderous allegations that Ngeh is trying to create against PN in particular and Muslims in general,” added Ahmad Fadhli. – Jan 11, 2024
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