Sarawak BN minister backs call to ban Hadi from state


Sarawak land development minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing says PAS's political ideology will not gain a foothold in the state. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, January 23, 2016.

By Nancy Nais

Senior Sarawak minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing has expressed support for the proposal to ban Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang from the state, following the PAS president’s remarks on Christian missionaries.

Masing, the state land development minister, said SUPP secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting’s call yesterday to blacklist Hadi from entering Sarawak was worth considering.

Hadi had said that Christian missionaries brought their work to Malaysia only after experiencing failure in the West.

He said they spread their religion not by reasoned argument, but by baiting their targets with money and other forms of aid.

“People who are hemmed in by the difficulties of living would easily accept their assistance and, in the end, become influenced by them,” Hadi said. His remarks were published in the PAS organ, Harakah.

Masing, who is still sore over Hadi’s reference to “cawat” (loincloth) in the 2009 Batang Ai by-election, said rational Christians would never accept Hadi’s latest political manoeuvre.

“In the 2009 Batang Ai by-election, Hadi said only ‘cawat’ (loincloth) wearing Dayaks voted BN while all well attired people voted the opposition.

Now he claimed that Christian missionaries used money to entice Sarawakians to become Christians.

“Masing hit out at Hadi’s remarks as ignorance and said it was embarrassing for a leader of his stature to say such a thing.

“Either he is stupid or deliberately wanting to mislead others to believe otherwise,” he said.”PAS’s political ideology will not be accepted by rational-thinking Christians.

Therefore it is not a surprise that until today, PAS still cannot get a political foothold in Sarawak, especially with a leader like Hadi leading the pact.” – The Malaysian Insider

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