KUALA LUMPUROVÁ: Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad returned to Perlis Mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin's remarks that we can hardly hear the "voices" of those who defend Islam in the current administration.
"Because he's deaf," Mahathir said when he asked to comment on Asri's statement.
"If he could hear, we do many things for Muslims and Islam, but he can't hear it," he said tonight at the edge of the 20th Annual AAMO Gala Dinner and Hotel Awards.
Earlier today, Asri took potshots at the Pakatan Harapan administration after an associate arrest who allegedly made insulting remarks against Hinduism.
"I don't mind the police, but this is because of the political reality that allows Muslims to be bullied," he said in defense of the controversial preacher Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthua, who was arrested yesterday in Arau, Perlis.
Zamri, the leader of the One Center Malaysia dissemination organization, is investigated under Section 298A of the Criminal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act in a lecture at Kelantan Mosque last year.
Asri said the current "political reality" allowed Muslims to be bullied, adding that the authorities had not acted against government leaders who made statements to insult Muslims.
"Many statements that insult Muslims have been made by individuals who are part of the current government and create racial tensions, but have been called to express themselves," he said.