GEORGE TOWN: Pas' Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor should be condemned for his extremist and misogynistic attitude towards women, DAP said today.
DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng said Sanusi did not respect women and even insulted them as being unfit for elected office.
It was reported today that Sanusi, in a ceramah, had questioned the ability of women to become the representative for Sik.
Sanusi had said: "In Sik, the candidates (from Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan) are women. It is not that I'm demeaning women, (but) in Sik, a rural area with many in need, people would seek help from their representative at all hours.
"Will they be able to do so (if the elected representative is a woman)? I don't think so. At 3am, we can imagine their (a woman representative's) hair would be messy. How are they going to help victims of floods, for instance? It would take them more than two hours just to get ready".
Lim said by adopting an extremist position against women, Pas had ignored the role of women in the country's development.
"What is worse is that Perikatan Nasional (PN), including Bersatu and Gerakan as well as Star and SAPP from Sabah, support such Pas leaders.
"Not just women, but men should reject such political dinosaurs like PN, which divide the people and want to take the country back to the primitive era," he said in a Facebook post.
Lim said such statements followed a trend of extremism and racism by Pas' leaders, including its president, Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang.
He said Sik Pas Youth chief Mohd Shahiful had also been condemned for saying those who voted for BN and PH would end up in hell.
"This is clearly misusing religion for political advantage.
"Apart from Hadi's racist statements, all these extremist statements appear to originate from Pas leaders, who are campaigning in Sik.
"Pas and PN should be rejected in the general election for reaching a new low by using not only race and religion but also now throwing in misogyny to try to win the general election," he added.