DAP slams ‘malicious’ PAS leader

Sarawak DAP denies the allegations by Nasharuddin Mat Isa that it held a prayer to turn Malaysia into a Christian state.

G Vinod, FMT

Former PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa’s claim that DAP prayed to turn Malaysia into a Christian state is malicious and irresponsible, said Sarawak DAP today.

Speaking at a press conference at Parliament, Sarawak DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng said they merely held several thanksgiving dinners as gratitude to those who had helped them during the state election.

“We held dinners in Kuching, Sibu, Sarikei, Bintangor, Bintulu and Miri after the state election. Nasharuddin did not even identify in which event the alleged prayer was made,” said Wong.

Also present were DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang, national publicity chief Tony Pua, Sarawak DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen and Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun.

Yesterday, Nasharuddin accused DAP of holding a prayer session to turn Malaysia into a Christian state after the party won 12 seats in the Sarawak state election.

He made the allegation during the National Islamic Missionary Movement Seminar held at the Putra World Trade Centre.

In his rebuttal, Wong said that many other leaders from Pakatan Rakyat attended the dinners and could confirm that Nasharuddin’s allegation was untrue.

He also said that he would lodge a police report against Nasharuddin soon.

“Sarawak DAP will not condone attempts by anyone to disrupt the peace and harmony enjoyed by people of various faiths in the state.

“Besides, Christians only constitute nine percent of the country’s population so there is no question of turning the country into a Christian state,” he said.

He also urged Nasharuddin to withdraw his remarks and apologise to DAP for his wrongful accusation.

Whether they have spoken to PAS on the matter, Wong said they have yet to do so.

“We will leave it to PAS to take action against him,” said Wong.