Police to record Hadi Awang's statement tomorrow

KLANG: The police will record the statement of Pas President Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang tomorrow over his controversial remarks on upholding Islam.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Hussain said he is scheduled to give his statement to the police at 2.30pm at the Pas headquarters at Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur. 

"We didn't record his statement before this because he was unhealthy but now his officer has confirmed the date so we will be recording his statement," he told reporters after the Bandar Sultan Sulaiman police quarters key handing over ceremony, here, today. 

Abdul Hadi's officer has also confirmed the matter to the New Straits Times.

On Friday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Hussain said Abdul Hadi is being investigated over his statement titled "Islam's stature must be defended" on Feb 20.

The investigation is under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 and Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Abdul Hadi has issued a statement "The Stature of Islam Must Be Defended", published on the party's portal on Feb 20.

His statement came after the Federal Court had struck out 16 criminal provisions in the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code Enactment (1) 2019 on Feb 9.

Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah expressed displeasure at Abdul Hadi's statement which was directed to religious scholars, lawyers, judges, members of parliament, State Legislative Assemblies and the Malay rulers.

The ruler's private secretary Datuk Muhamad Munir Bani had said His Majesty expressed disappointment at what was said and sent a letter to Selangor Pas Commissioner Datuk Dr Ab Halim Tamuri dated Feb 27.

In the letter, Sultan Sharafuddin had described that Hadi did not thoroughly understand or read the ruler's speech during the meeting of the Malaysian National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs (MKI) on Feb 15, especially in relation to the decision of the Federal Court in the case which challenged the validity of 16 criminal provisions in the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Enactment 2019.

Munir had said that Hadi's cynical statement had indirectly linked the ruler's speech with the attitude of rulers who needed to possess a vision towards Judgement Day and not to merely pursue worldly interests.

He said his remarks were "highly inappropriate and uncultured" and could lead to division within the Muslim community.

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