Parliament speaker to rule on Pas MPs Bible remarks tomorrow

Pasir Puteh Member of Parliament Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh – Picture from Malay Mail

By S. Harrish

PARLIAMENT speaker Azhar Harun will look into the controversial remarks made by PAS MP Nik Muhammad Zawawi on the Bible and state his stand tomorrow.

He gave the assurance after Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii asked for an update on the issue.

Yii raised the issue in the parliament under the Standing Orders, saying he had written a letter to the speaker’s office on the statement by the Pasir Puteh MP, which he believes has caused uneasiness among the people.

“Nik Zawawi is here and I felt this was the perfect opportunity for him to apologise and set the record straight on the first day of Parliament.”

Yii said in a Facebook posting that the Speaker apologised for leaving it out in the agenda today and promised to deliver his decision tomorrow.

“I will continue to follow up this issue to make sure that no one is above the law, and that we all must be responsible with the statements we make.”

The Pasir Puteh MP had kicked up a storm several months ago after claiming that Biblical injunctions about drinking alcohol had been “distorted or altered”, and that the Bible had formerly outlawed the consumption of alcohol.

Despite coming under fire from many, including Christian groups, Nik Zawawi has refused to apologise and even said that Christians should not be offended as his statement was “a fact”.