KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 1, 2016:
The remarks about Christians by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang was about the reality of a worldwide scenario and not an issue of insulting Christians, explained deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
“Sometimes contributions are used by political parties to get support from communities out of town. BR1M is also used for politics so that is not an insult to Christians.
“I think this is not a big issue and everything is clear,” he told reporters at a Press conference at PAS headquarters today when asked to comment on the matter.
Abdul Hadi was reported to have said that Christian missionaries were spreading their teachings in Africa and the interiors of Sabah and Sarawak after having being rejected by the educated in Western nations.
The PAS president also said that Christian missionaries were baiting targets with money and other forms of aid.
The remarks had Christians in the country up in arms, with calls to ban Abdul Hadi from entering Sarawak.
When asked whether this would affect PAS’ chances in the state during the elections, PAS elections director Datuk Mustafa Ali said the people were not even entirely aware of the issue.
“We have checked the matter and an issue was intentionally created with the elections coming,” he added.
Speaking further on the Sarawak elections, Mustafa said with 11 candidates being fielded, they admitted that they would not win all seats.
However they were confident of winning one or two seats, he added.