‘Behead’ Nizar, Muhyiddin urges voters

By Adib Zalkapli, The Malaysian Insider

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin urged Bukit Gantang voters to "behead"  PAS's Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin by not voting for him in the upcoming by-election.

Muhyiddin, who is the Barisan Nasional election director, said the country is witnessing an unprecedented development where the decision of a Malay Ruler was being questioned by the people.

"Because of this act of treason against the Ruler, what they are doing is a despicable act. How can a mentri besar, a PAS leader, a Muslim who wishes to turn this country into an Islamic state say 'Saya mohon derhaka' (I beg to differ)," he said repeating the line used by Nizar when he disagreed with the Perak Sultan.

"In the old days what do you think the punishment would have been?" he asked the crowd to shouts of "pancung" (decapitation).

"We behead him by not electing him, not behead like in the old days," said Muhyiddin.

He also defended the Perak Sultan's decision to appoint a new BN-led government, adding that when the Sultan allowed the Pakatan Rakyat to form the government after March 8, it was respected and accepted by the BN.

Speaking before hundreds of people at a rally in Taman Mewah near here last night, the Umno vice-president said Nizar and the federal opposition has confused the people by misinterpreting the state constitution.

"This is a legitimate government under the Perak constitution, formed with the consent of the Sultan," Muhyiddin told the party loyalists present.

"They are not satisfied although there are many lawyers among them. They know the decision of the Sultan cannot be challenged but they still do it," he said.

He also called Nizar a DAP puppet when he was serving as the mentri besar, saying that Nizar has failed to defend the interest of the Malays.

"Only on the surface was he the mentri besar, but the office was actually run by the DAP, he was DAP's puppet," he said.

"We could see the decisions made by him that did not reflect his Islamic belief, and he failed to take into consideration the interest of the Malays," said Muhyiddin.