DAP must crack down on leaders' sensitive comments to avoid future backlash - Amanah
IPOH - Perak Amanah has urged the DAP to take stricter internal action against leaders who make sensitive statements regarding Malays and Islam.
Perak State Amanah Communications Director Azhar Rahman said stringent actions could serve as a deterrent and prevent future incidents like the remarks made by Beruas MP Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham.
"Amanah Perak deeply regrets the careless remarks and actions of the senior DAP leader.
"While DAP Secretary-General Anthony Loke acknowledged the mistake and Ngeh has apologised, their statements have become ammunition for political adversaries who capitalise on such remarks concerning Malay and Islamic affairs," he said in a statement today.
Amanah Perak acknowledges that Ngeh's suggestion - advocating for non-Muslim experts in the Committee to Review the Jurisdiction of the Syariah Court - contradicts Pakatan Harapan's principles, which uphold the Federal Constitution.
"We also fully support the recent statement by Selangor Sultan Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah reminding non-Muslims to respect and refrain from interfering in Islamic religious matters in the country," Rahman said.
Ngeh was previously reported to have recommended that the government appoint experts from the non-Muslim community to assist the Special Committee in reviewing the competence of the State Legislature to enact Islamic Law, which was established earlier this month.
Following the proposal, the Perak DAP advisor received strong criticism from Muslim leaders in the country.