KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 ― People who believe that Malaysia is a secular nation should not be allowed to contest in the upcoming general election, a Muslim academic said today.
“We must defend Islam. The devils (hantu-hantu) who feel that our country is secular, make sure that in the 14th general election, we throw away all these devils from the Parliament.
“Anyone who feels this country is a secular nation have no right to contest in the next general election,” Prof Datuk Mahamad Nader Disa said in his speech at the Himpunan 355 today.
Mahamad said that the country's Federal Constitution also does not mention Malaysia as a secular nation.
“All of you go home and be firm with this stand. Convey to all Muslim voters in your area. Make sure there is no more of those with secular thoughts being sent to Parliament later,” he added.
Thousands converged at the Padang Merbok from 2pm to show support to PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Members Bill.
Abdul Hadi is seeking to amend Act 355, aiming to raise the ceiling on Shariah punishments from three years’ imprisonment, six strokes of the cane and an RM5,000 fine to 30 years’ imprisonment, 100 strokes, and an RM100,000 fine.
The rally today is organised by several Muslim NGOs and led by PAS.