KOTA KINABALU: United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) has slammed a deputy minister who said Malaysia will become an Islamic state.
“What utter rubbish is he talking about? If the report is right and not taken out of context then UPKO has this to say:
“What he said is wrong. It is not true!” Albert Bingkasan, the UPKO Information chief said, adding, “this beloved Malaysia of ours was founded as a secular state. God willing, UPKO is resolved to fight its utmost best to ensure a secular Malaysia.”
Malaysia is a parliamentary democracy with a federal constitutional monarch, he stressed, “since the formation of the Barisan Nasional more than 40 years ago until now, the BN has never ever put this kind of stand, that Malaysia is an Islamic state, in our election manifesto.”
Bingkasan, in as statement, claimed that the BN, especially under the leadership of Najib Razak has always upheld a secular Malaysia as enshrined in the federal constitution
“Malaysia is no longer under an autocratic leader unlike in 1973 when Islam was forced to be made into an official religion of Sabah which was an utter disregard of the spirit of the founding of this country as stated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the Inter-Government Committee report,” he said.
He was referring to a Bernama news report on Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department who was quoted saying that development of Islam in the country which is being strengthened from time to time is a clear signal that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is not shirking its responsibility to make Malaysia an Islamic state.
Asyraf has not denied the report despite coming under heavy criticism.