PUTRAJAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), on numerous occasions, has proven its detractors wrong since Pakatan Harapan (PH) came into power after the 14th General Election (GE14).
Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said prior to GE14, Umno together with Pas, had been spreading lies that the Muslim community was no longer safe, that the position of the royal institution as head of the Islam religion would be compromised and the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) would be abolished under the PH administration.
The Home Minister said there were also allegations that the current PH government would pass legislation promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lifestyle, apart from allowing same sex marriage.
“The allegations (hurled against Bersatu) by the opposition were baseless.
“The Malay Rulers are still heads of Islam in the country and JAKIM still exists, standing strong.
“It is also impossible (for the current administration) to pass laws promoting LGBT (lifestyle) and same-sex marriage since majority of the members of Parliament are Muslims, who uphold firmly to the Sunni teachings.
“I also believed MPs among the non-Muslims will not agree with the LGBT lifestyle since it is against the teachings of their respective faiths,” he said in his speech at Bersatu’s second annual general meeting at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here today.
Muhyiddin assured the people especially the Muslim community that the position of Islam will continue to be preserved under the PH government.
“In fact, PH leaders have agreed that Islam will continue to remain as the federal religion as enshrined in the Federal Constitution,” he said.
Despite efforts made to uphold Islam, he said Umno and Pas continued to spread lies related to give PH a bad image among the Muslim community.
“This is a very unhealthy political practice. If this unhealthy practice is not contained, it will also affect various groups in the society, subsequently threaten our unity.
He said when Umno was in power, the party together with Pas had always conspired through foul tactics to gain political mileage.
“When we exposed the scandals of Umno leaders, they (Pas) told us ‘tabayyun’ (to seek the truth). Although the global community is aware of scandals plaguing 1Malaysia Development Bhd, Pas leaders however said they were satisfied with the explanation on the sovereign fund,” he said.
Muhyiddin also took a jibe on talks for the proposed political cooperation between Umno and Pas for the sake of the Malays and Islam, which he said “had existed for centuries but could never materialised”.
“Janganlah menunggu bulan jatuh ke riba (stop wishing for the impossible).
He pointed out that the resignation of several elected representatives from Umno and the recent statement by Pas president (Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang) that the party would not cooperate with the former could serve as the final nail in the coffin.
Muhyiddin also reminded Bersatu to give full support to chairman and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the face of coming challenges.
“We are still new. There are upcoming obstacles and challenges that we need to face in the future.
“We must continue to provide strong support for our chairman and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to rebuild Malaysia and return the country to its former glory.”