PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has been asked to show proof that DAP had sought foreign intervention or be deemed a liar.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said Hadi’s claim was “baseless and slanderous”.
“The allegations were not backed by any proof and appear to be a malicious slander to divert attention from 1MDB, where an ex-PAS leader has been accused of being paid by the fund,” Lim, the Penang chief minister, said in Komtar today.
He urged Hadi to name the DAP leader who was involved in seeking foreign intervention.
“If the claims are true, we will take action or else he is a liar,” Lim said, before announcing the 5th edition of the Penang International Triathlon and Duathlon on April 23, organised by the Penang Island City Council and G Club Penang Cyclists.
He said links with foreign countries like Singapore were merely through government work, adding that BN appeared to have closer links with the neighbour in the south.
“Don’t use such dirty tactics as we can also do the same. We can also say Hadi has connections with Syria or the Syiah, who have been accused of killing the Sunnis.
“But we do not want to do this because, as a political party, we want to show leadership by example. We will not stoop to use such dirty tactics,” Lim said.
Words used to provoke anger
On April 11, the PAS president hammered at critics who had slammed PAS’ ties with Umno, following his tabling of the amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) in Parliament last Thursday.
The Marang MP said at least the Islamist party was not seeking foreign intervention, but worked with Umno to promote Islam.
Hadi did not mention names but was believed to have referred to the Unites States' Department of Justice’s civil suit against three individuals linked to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak over claims of money laundering of 1MDB funds.
During his ceramah in Terengganu that night, Hadi also crudely described DAP as a “child from PAP’s excrement”.
He was quoted as saying that “PAP (People's Action Party) rules Singapore. Singapore was once in Malaysia, there was a PAP branch in Malaysia. When Singapore exited Malaysia, PAP changed to DAP (in Malaysia).”
“So DAP is 'anak butir taik PAP' (a child from PAP's excrement). This is to say it in crude language,” Hadi had said.
Lim described Hadi's words as “vulgar”, saying this was not the first time that the PAS leader had used such crude words against the DAP.
“Such words should not come from someone who wants to be a leader, prime minister or menteri besar. Such words were used to provoke anger in non-Muslims and non-Malays," he added.
Police report lodged
Meanwhile, DAP Youth chief Wong Kah Woh lodged a police report against Hadi for accusing DAP of inviting foreign powers to intervene in Malaysian politics.
The police report was lodged at the Sungai Senam police station in Ipoh, Perak.
"The statement made by Hadi is a total lie and blatant falsehood.
"Clearly, Hadi has now become the agent of Umno - to demonise DAP not only of being anti-Malay, anti-Islam but now even anti-national, with lies, baseless accusations and falsehoods," said Wong, who is also Canning state assemblyperson.
Wong said more police reports would be lodged and he urged police to take action.
He also lamented how PAS, which was once an ally of DAP, had changed.
"The PAS that we knew then was sharp and vocal against the wrongs and corrupt administration of BN and was also committed to the cause and common policy framework of Pakatan Rakyat.
"We have seen a different PAS after it got closer to Umno since 2015. The fact that Hadi had mentioned about the mother of all scandals 1MDB in Parliament only once, and even offered himself as the adviser to Umno, have said it all.
"However, none will ever expect Hadi Awang, being a senior politician and so-called religious leader, to go so low and revert to absolute lies and falsehoods, just for PAS' own political agenda of saving Najib," Wong said.- Mkini