Penang Pas lodged a police report this afternoon, criticising Utusan Malaysia for publishing “provocative news aimed at creating ethnic and religious tension in the country”.
The report referred to the allegation that Christian churches or groups aimed “to make Christianity the office religion of the country and disregard constitutional provisions that placed Islam as the religion of the federation”.
The claim that Pakatan Rakyat was also involved is something that must be condemned, said Ab Rahman bin Kassim in his report on behalf of Pas at the Patani Road police station at 3.00p..
“Religious and ethnic harmony is a cherished value in our country. Ethics, abhorrence of corruption, integrity, courtesy, honesty and trustworthiness are characteristics that are needed in any blog and newspaper – especially Utusan Malaysia, which frequently plays up sensitive ethnic and religious issues,” the report said. It called on the police and MCMC to investigate the matter.
Mujahid himself stressed four points in a press statement after the report was lodged:
– the Utusan report was provocative and aimed at inciting hatred and prejudice, touching on Islam as the religion of the federation;
– Utusan had resorted to gutter journalism in reporting unverified and unsubstantiated news from blogs with little credibility;
– its reporting had shaken national unity and inflamed public sentiment;
– certain quarters with chauvinistic views might take this opportunity to threaten national security; what is worrying is that these quarters might have even planned this whole scenario to create chaos.
Mujahid said that Malaysians had accepted the status of Islam under Article 3 of the Constitution and Pas was committed to defending that status. At the same time, Pas, he said, was committed to realising Pakatan’s aspirations for a peaceful Penang for all and would not succumb to slick political manipulation.
Mujahid urged Pas members and the public not to fall for Utusan’s inflammatory reporting.