Mufti should clarify ‘kafir harbi’ statement on killing

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Lim Kit Siang also wants to know from Pahang Mufti Abdul Rahman Osman whether he was “karfi harbi”.

PRESS STATEMENT We want know from Pahang Mufti Abdul Rahman Osman whether an MP, who has taken the oath ten times to “bear true faith and allegiance to Malaysia” and to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution”, be killed and/or slain on the grounds that he was in fact a “kafir harbi”.

The people expect the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday to take a stand on the Pahang Mufti’s incendiary and seditious ‘kafir harbi’ statement.

I have also been reduced to wondering whether I became a “kafir harbi” when I stood up in Parliament in 1978 to defend PAS and to oppose the Umno-controlled Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s declaration of a state of emergency in Kelantan to topple the state government led by the Islamists.

I can recall at least three other instances where I may have become a “kafir harbi”.

In 1985, I called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) in deploring the government’s handling of the tragic Memali incident which saw 18 people killed.

In 1988, my son Lim Guan Eng went to jail for defending the honour and dignity of an underaged Malay girl, losing his position as MP for Kota Melaka, his parliamentary pension, and was deprived of the right to vote or stand for elective office for five years from August 1999 when he left Kajang Prison. That too could have made me a “kafir harbi”.

In 2000, in probably another “kafir harbi” move, I denounced the Federal Government for hijacking the five per cent oil royalty of Terengganu after PAS had won the 1999 general election in the state and formed a government under Abdul Hadi Awang.

We urge the Pahang Mufti Abdul Rahman to repent for his statement. Or let him state specifically whether I am “kafir harbi” who should be killed.

Abdul Rahman Osman should not twist and turn. Maybe he should also state when I became “kafir harbi”.

The Pahang Mufti’s incendiary and seditious “kafir harbi” statement was given front-page treatment by Utusan Malaysia, the official Umno mouthpiece.

Has Prime Minister, Najib Abdul Razak given his nod and blessing to Utusan Malaysia to give Abdul Rahman’s incendiary and seditious statement national prominence and front-page treatment?


Lim Kit Siang

Gelang Patah MP



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