PM Najib says criticism of Sultan's order is 'serious defiance'

HULU SELANGOR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has described PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat's criticism of the Sultan of Selangor's order as a serious defiance.

The prime minister said it also showed that the opposition had no regard for the provision in the Federal Constitution and the principles required in Islam.

Yesterday, the Sultan of Selangor urged all parties not to use mosques and surau to campaign for Sunday's Hulu Selangor parliamentary by-election and urged police to take stern action against anyone found to have abused the mosque.

Nik Abdul Aziz was reported to have said that he did not see anything wrong with campaigning in the mosque and described the directive as outdated.

Najib said all parties should respect the sultan's directive.

"The directive by the Sultan of Selangor is timely. Islam abhors actions which could disunite Muslims, especially in the house of Allah.

"We have to respect the directive irrespective of whether we are from this state or outside," he told reporters after attending the 1Malaysia breakfast at Kampung Gumut Tambahan, Kalumpang here on Saturday.

Najib said such directive also applied in other states.

"Rulers in other states have also issued similar directives prohibiting the use of mosque as a platform to promote one's political agenda.

"The mosque is a place for us to get close to Allah, to show and inculcate good values and not to bicker with one another," he said.

Present were Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, his deputy Senator Heng Seai Kie, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

Barisan Nasional candidate P. Kamalanathan and wife S. Shobana also dropped by before proceeding with the campaign. - BERNAMA

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