PENAMPANG: A police report was lodged against Shafie Apdal, the Parti Warisan Sabah president after he called Christian Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders in Sabah “hypocrites” for failing to protect the religion.
Describing the statement as “defamatory”, Christopher Mandut, the acting Parti Bersatu Sabah Youth chief in lodging the report at the Penampang District Police Headquarters on Monday, said being a Sabahan, Shafie should be aware that anything on religion is deemed as a sensitive issue.
“We therefore urge the police to probe on the statement as we feel it was purposely made to create hatred, anger and disturbance to peace and harmony in Sabah.
“We in PBS believe in freedom to practise our own faith. We respect one another and other people’s religions, because some of us have family members practising different faiths even within a family,” he said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
Mandut added that even in the just-concluded PBS Congress, issues related to religion, as well as Sabah and Sabahans rights were the topics highlighted to Najib Razak, the Prime Minister, who came to launch the event.
In his statement, Shafie named Joseph Pairin Kitingan, the PBS president, Joseph Kurup, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah president, Wilfred Madius Tangau, acting president of United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Organisation (Upko) as well as Bernard Dompok, a former Chief Minister and federal minister.
He suggested that these were leaders who portrayed themselves as “Christian heroes”, but only in their respective areas and not at Cabinet meetings of BN meetings.
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