THE unity government will not compromise with any party that continues to play up racial and religious issues, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“The government would continue to uphold matters related to the religion of Islam and the Malay community,” Bernama reported him as saying.Zahid’s statement is cut short without mentioning any parties or political figures involved in racial and religious disturbances. Moreover, the country has seen a rise in racially charged speeches, particularly from the Opposition. PAS leader Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang became the main figure who attacked other communities, saying that they were corrupt. Yesterday (May 27), PAS Pusat on Twitter posted a poster in which Hadi asks why some people are afraid of the rule of Islam. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is pushing his Islamic agenda with the visits of foreign religious leaders to Malaysia. In an event on Friday (May 26) night, around 18,000 people flocked to Putrajaya to participate in an Islamic religious event, according to media reports. Whether this shows that Malaysians are not afraid of the rule of Islam with a PM who practises the faith in the country or not, is not hard to say. On the other hand, contrary to some politicians, Zahid was careful not to offend other races and religious followers in the country when he said the government would uphold matters related to Islam and the Malays. In his speech at the Annual General Assemblies of the 4B Malaysia Youth Movement last night, he said the government will not marginalise other religions and other races. “Our sense of Malay-ness and our faith will never fade if we treat other races and religions well,” he said. – May 28, 2023
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