KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10, 2015:

Perkasa has slammed a statement by a former Deputy Prime Minister’s son who recently called for the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to be abolished.

Describing the call as “rude and uncivilised”, Perkasa Islamic Affairs Bureau chief Amini Amir Abdullah said that Tawfik Ismail’s statement was seditious and an insult to the Federal Constitution.

Calling for Tawfik to apologise to Jakim and Muslims, Amini said it was necessary to avoid any negative implications.

“Perkasa believes that he (Tawfik) has no right to meddle in Jakim’s business,” Amini said.

He stressed that under the Federal Constitution, the government had the absolute power to establish, manage and fund any Islamic-related institutions.

“Meaning, the formation of Jakim is in line with the aspirations and provisions in the Federal Constitution, and we in Perkasa feel that as an authoritative religious body, no one can deny Jakim’s existence or question its jurisdiction.”

“The provision on Islam as the national religion, as stipulated in the Constitution, should benefit the Muslims, the Agong as the country’s religious leader and the sultans in their states,” he stressed in a statement, today.

Tawfik is the son of former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman.

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