Perikatan Nasional’s Pasir Puteh MP Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh has claimed that the Christians have no right to be offended, following an earlier remark that the Christian Bible was distorted.
“They (the Christians) have no right to be offended. What I said was not an accusation, but a fact,” he was quoted saying.
“There is no need to apologise. Why should I? What I said is right. Why should I apologise?”
The earlier remarks have caused huge uproar in Sabah.
On Sunday, Warisan Deputy President Datuk Darell Leiking lamented Nik Zawawi’s remarks.
“The people of the Federation of Malaysia and more so Sabah and Sarawak had agreed to form the Federation of Malaysia strictly on basis of Reciprocal Respect between all faiths and to never dwell on the teachings of other faiths irregardless.”
“I would like to believe that the Malaysian is a model of tolerance and Reciprocal Respect by all Communities of all Faiths had worked well all these years but alas we are always under siege by those few who believes in imposing their religious views over others and who for some personal reasons thinks other faiths are beneath them.”
A former Federal Minister during the PH reign, he added “we knew and were always under the pressures by those (outside of Warisan and PH) who had extreme views and expectations.”
“These few had even challenged the then PH Prime Minister and Cabinet members to be more extreme in their views but I am glad that all had resisted these pressures, as all of us embraced the spirit that the Federation of Malaysia would not have been formed if not for the support of all people from all races and creed from Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya.”
“On this, I urge all Malaysians to remain calm and pray that Parliamentarians like Pasir Puteh and those who shares his views will be blessed with wisdom to finally have the humility to apologise over his error in judgment, to have the respect for all Malaysians and to embrace what the Rukun Negara of the Federation Malaysia is all about.”
Warisan Treasurer-General Terence Siambun also took to task Sabah PN leaders. He challenged Sabahans to stand firm.
“What the Sabahan Christians can do is to demand PBS, STAR and PBRS to pressure UMNO and PAS who are their political allies to correct the situation.”
“This is the best time to do so since PBS, STAR and PBRS will be dependent on the Sabahan Christians votes this coming State Election.”
“These PN parties in Sabah should not only denounce what Nik Muhammad had said, but also make him apologize.”
“No apology so no vote for these parties. As simple as that,” he explained it.
Warisan Kota Kinabalu Branch Chief Samuel Wong echoed these sentiments.
“Are there no Christian leaders in PBS, STAR, PBRS and SAPP? Are they going to stand up for the Christian community in Sabah since there was an insult to the Bible by a colleague of theirs at the federal level?”
Perikatan Nasional is a loose coalition led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
In Sabah, PN is represented by among them PBS, STAR and PBRS, with SAPP being the latest member of the loose coalition.
The Prime Minister has yet to condemn nor comment on Nik Zawawi’s comments depsite his current visit to Sabah, the state with the second highest number of Christians in Malaysia.