PAS MP told to explain his Bible remarks in Parliament

Pasir Puteh Member of Parliament Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh – Picture from Malay Mail
By Emma Victoria
PAS Pasir Puteh MP Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh will have to explain his controversial remarks on the Bible in the Dewan Rakyat.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said the Dewan Rakyat speaker has responded to his demand asking the MP to retract his insensitive remarks on the Bible and apologise to the Christian community.

He said the Dewan Rakyat has acknowledged it and the Speaker has issued a letter to Nik Muhammad asking him to provide an explanation on the matter and to include any evidence to justify his remarks.

“I will not let go of the Bible issue lightly as it is important to send a message that no one is above the law, regardless of their position and power. I will continue to pursue this in the next Parliament sitting,” he said.

“The MP’s remarks have clearly contravened the Parliament Standing Order 36(10)(c), and if not dealt with, it sets a bad precedent in the honourable House as such insensitive comments against other religions can be made without any repercussions,” he said in a statement today.

Yii was disappointed that even with multiple demands from the Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS), The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST), Sabah Council of Churches, and Sarawak Evangelical Churches Association (SECA), Nik Zawawi has shown no remorse and refused to apologise.

He said  MCCBCHST even asked the Prime Minister to intervene and act on the Pas MP, but until now there has been no action or even words from the premier.

“This is again contrary to his recent statement that divisive sentiments such as race politics or divisive religious politics has no place in a multi-cultural Malaysia,” he said.

“The PAS lawmaker has failed to grasp how insensitive his comments were to not only the Christian community, but also all communities in a multi-racial and multi-religious country,” he added.

Yii said all MPs should be the first to set a good example by promoting unity and not division, and that was why a proper precedent had to be set in the Parliament where such remarks should not have been condoned in the first place.