LAST_UPDATESun, 15 Jul 2018 9pm

Under PH’s Rule ‘Muslims Are Out Of The Lion’s Den And Into The Wolf’s Lair?’ Says PAS

Following Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) historic win in the 14th General Election, the Federal Government moved on to appoint non-Muslims TommyThomas, as Attorney-General and Datuk Liew Vui Keong as the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of legal affairs – and yesterday Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, as the new Chief Justice of Malaysia.

Though it was viewed as yet another milestone as Richard’s appointment meant that he is the first person from the Borneo states to helm the position, the Kadazandusun man who is also Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak however, received some brickbats, particularly from PAS, for clinching the top post.

PAS information chief Nasrudin Hassan voiced out his disapproval over the government’s choice in appointing non-Muslims for top legal posts and claimed that this created restlessness amongst the Muslims.

“Now it is complete, the triumvirate of the legal sectors and judiciary are being helmed by figures that worries the Muslim community.

“Since these three positions are held by worrying figures, what hope is there to look forward to in the sense of the legal welfare for the Muslims in the country,” he was reported saying in Sinar Harian.

He added that even more worrying is the fact that the track record for Richard's judgement showed that he was biased against Islam, and professed that many Muslims expressed growing concerns following his appointment.

“Unfortunately, the PH government has fallen on deaf ears and turned a blind eye towards the worried reactions of the Muslims concerning these developments,” he added.

As Richard will only assume the role following the retirement of Tun Md Raus Sharif, on July 31, Nasrudin questioned on the need for the government to rush the swearing-in of Richard to replace him, whilst not ruling out that the incumbent was forced to resign.

“Now Malaysia has two Chief Justices,” he pointed out the redundancy and highlighted that PH has broken yet another record with the appointment of non-Muslims to helm top posts.

Ever since the formation of Malaysia, in 1963, the only top position that was helmed by a non-Muslim was the Lord President, which at that time was Tun Sir James Beveridge Thomson, Nasrudin said.

He further pointed out that Muslims were already topsy-turvy during Barisan Nasional’s rule, but believes that the situation has only worsened now during PH's reign.

“Doesn’t this put Muslims in a situation whereby we are out of the lion’s den and into the wolf's lair?” he questioned.