PBDSB: Turning M’sia into Islamic state violates MA63

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KUCHING: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) says that Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki’s ‘Islamic state’ stance is ‘virtually advocating a revolution’.

The party which was taken aback by Wadji’s statement also believed that the latter’s assertion was a total violation of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“What does he mean by saying that BN (Barisan Nasional) is committed ‘to make Malaysia an Islamic state?'”

“Does he mean that BN wants to make similar governance like a Taliban state? He was virtually advocating a revolution.

“That’s a total violation of the Federal Constitution under MA63. The reason Sarawak agreed to the formation of the federation of Malaysia before was mainly because Malaysia was to be a secular state, a point reiterated by case of law,” said PBDSB in a statement today.

Wajdi had said that the development of Islam in the country which is being strengthened from time to time is a clear signal that the BN government is not shirking its responsibility to make Malaysia an Islamic state recently.

The meaning of his statement is being strongly questioned by Sarawakians, said PBDSB.

The party stressed that Sarawak would not have agreed to the formation of Malaysia 54 years ago if it was to be an Islamic state instead.

“Sarawak had signed the Malaysia Agreement with a secular state, as shown in historical documents and legal judgments,” said PBDSB.

PBDSB, referring to the recent cases of Muslim-only laundrettes, said the Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar had declared it clearly in a statement that Johor is not supposed to be a Taliban state, and that the Malay Rulers had slammed such ‘divisive acts’ in the name of Islam and saying such acts went ‘beyond all acceptable standards of decency’.

“Since PBB has fully supported the alliance between UMNO-PAS in which both regimes are officially known to be well committed to building an Islamic State in Malaysia, PBSDB wants to know what is PBB comments on behalf of BN Sarawak about this issue?”

PBDSB said Sarawak is very much different from Peninsular Malaysia as diversity is respected here rather than condemned.

“As Sarawakians, we are unlike Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia). We do not have such an extremist attitude; we are a real genuine multiracial nation. Even a mosque can be a neighbour to a church, and a halal stall can even be in a non-halal food court, because Sarawakians honour and respect each other as one community and fellow Sarawakian citizens,” said PBDSB.