NGO lodges police report over Pasir Puteh MP’s Bible remark

George (third right) in a group photo with other Hidup members outside Kota Sentosa police station after lodging a police report against the Pasir Puteh MP today (Sept 3, 2020).

KUCHING, Sept 3: Non-governmental organisation Hidup has lodged a police report at the Kota Sentosa police station against Pasir Puteh MP Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh for claiming during a recent Parliament sitting that the Bible had been altered.

“From our daily interactions with rural Sarawakians at the grassroots level, Hidup (Habitat for Indigenous and Urban Programme) has been hearing their hurt, anger and frustration as their religion is being openly insulted and ridiculed,” its president George Young Si Ricord Jr disclosed in a statement today.

He added that the NGO lodged the police report on their own behalf and on behalf of all peace-loving Sarawakians who respect each other’s religions and value the state’s multi-racial harmony.

He also urged the relevant authorities to take immediate action against such an ‘irresponsible and malicious’ act which could potentially threaten racial and religious harmony in the country.

“This is what the Sedition Act is for. We have used it to charge others who insulted other people’s religions before. This is no different.

“In fact this is worse because it was blatantly done in the Dewan Rakyat and without any remorse whatsoever. To not do anything is to implicitly condone such acts which sets a very bad example that emboldens others like him to do the same in future.

“We as Sarawakians must stand up together against such bigotry, disrespect and intolerance,” added George. — DayakDaily