Avoid commenting on issues concerning the Malay community and Islam, says Jamil Khir
KOTA BARU: The controversial statement by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar that Malays should not be forced to embrace any religion needs to be explained clearly to avoid confusion among Muslims, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said.
He said even Pas Youth has expressed its dissatisfaction and uneasiness (about what was said).
“As Muslims, we feel that such a speech must be thoroughly explained so that it would not create unnecessary confusion,” he said after launching the transmission of TV Al-Hijrah in Kelantan today.
While stressing that everyone should stop politicising issues concerning the Islamic faith, he said Nurul Izzah cannot escape by blaming others for highlighting what she had uttered.
“If we want to discuss the issue further, it will be better if the recording of the whole forum, whose speakers included PKR Sarawak assemblyman Baru Bian and Pas member of Parliament Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, is shown to the public," he said.
Nurul Izzah, who is also Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament, was reported to have said on Saturday that religious freedom was for all, including the Malays.
Speaking at a forum titled "Islamic state? Which vision? Whose responsibility?" she emphasised the message of religious freedom, saying that there should be no compulsion in any religion, including Islam.
Meanwhile, asked to comment on anti-Islam websites, he said the Malaysian Multimedia and Communications Commission, along with the police and the Islamic Development Department had been monitoring the internet for such sites.
He said the teams would normally sit and work together to track websites which touched on religious sensitivities and cause uneasiness among the people.