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Dangerous for non-Muslims to touch on Islam and rulers, says Hadi

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Non-Muslims have become emboldened with regard to commenting on issues related to Islam and the Malay rulers, according to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.

“It is is not their right to touch on these issues. Sometimes it involves hukum (Islamic laws) which is not related to them (non-Muslims) at all, including the royal institution.

“Some (non-Muslims) are bold... to write (about these issues) on social media.

“This is dangerous... it will confuse the younger generations'... understanding (of Malaysia). So this situation must be corrected,” Hadi added in a video clip posted on his Facebook page.

The video appeared to be from an interview with the PAS president.

Hadi was responding to a question on issues related to Islam and the rulers under the Pakatan Harapan administration, where the interviewer said: “Sorry to say, non-Malays are very vocal in objecting the position of Islam and the rulers. What is your view?” 

The PAS leader said these issues are enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

“This is a social contract involving the main races in a multi-racial nation, which was agreed to by the parties under the Alliance then and PAS,” he added.

The Alliance is the predecessor of BN, which governed Malaysia from the time of independence until the last general election. The Alliance comprised Umno, MCA and MIC.

During this period, Hadi said there was a greater understanding of the spirit of the Federal Constitution.

“Because of this... even when they (non-Muslims) were dissatisfied, they saw the kehebatan (supremacy) of the Constitution, the greatness of rulers, the greatness of Islam and greatness of the Malays.

“So even when there were issues which tersinggung (slighted the non-Muslims), they were not as bold (in raising them) compared to now,” he added.

Hadi's remarks come amidst Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's administration locking horns with the Johor palace on various issues.

On Monday, Mahathir revealed that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had not responded on the appointment of a new chief justice.

Prior to this, Singapore's Straits Times quoted a source as claiming that the rulers are keeping mum on this issue to send a message to the new government that they are not rubber stamps.

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