NGOs lodge police report over Pasir Puteh MP’s Bible remark

Representatives from various NGOs pose for a photo with copies of police reports at the Kota Sentosa Police Station.

By Malcolm Lau

KUCHING, Sept 7: Various non-governmental organisations (NGO) joined forces to lodge a police report against Pasir Puteh MP Nik Mohammad Zawawi Salleh at Kota Sentosa Police Station this morning.

“We, representing various NGOs, hereby declare our disappointment to MP Nik Zawawi, MP for Pasir Puteh for asserting that the Bible had been perverted or corrupted and the community has ‘no right to be offended’,” Persatuan Adat Asal Bidoyoh secretary Alim Mideh said during a press conference outside the police station, according to a press statement.

According to Alim, the NGOs such as Persatuan Adat Asal Bidoyoh, Dayak Bukit Kelingkang, Sarawak Association for People’s Aspiration (Sapa), Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia), Bulang Bidoyoh, and YATT Society Sarawak are of the opinion that Nik Mohammad Zawawi is unfit to be an MP in a multi-racial Malaysia Parliament.

“We demanded that Nik Zawawi apologize and withdraw his unqualified statements and also to ban him from entering Sarawak,” Alim added.

Meanwhile, Sapa president, Dominique Ng asserted the words uttered by the Pasir Puteh MP were totally out of line.

“This is a country where tolerance is practised, where there is freedom of religion. There is no religion where it can dominate over others,” Ng pointed out.

“I don’t believe that when an MP expresses some opinion in Parliament, he is protected.

“I have many Muslims friends who are very devoted (to their religion) and they are unhappy with the statement from the Pasir Puteh Mp as well.”.

Ng added that Sarawak does not welcome religious intolerance and practices. — DayakDaily