|Jamil Khir Baharom|
Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom’s parliamentary response on liberal Muslims will encourage persecution against citizens simply for holding different views and was a direct violation of the country’s supreme law which recognises plurality in beliefs.
“People like that should be arrested… what he said is a threat to democracy,” Zaid told a press conference at his house here.
“As a Cabinet minister, he should know that this is a democratic country which means we have to respect the basic rights of the people. Just because he is not a liberal he can’t arrest me because I am a liberal.
“That is a violation of people’s basic rights,” he added.
In his written parliamentary reply to PAS-Pasir Mas MP Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Aziz, Jamil Khir said liberal Muslims are a danger because they believe in “pluralism”, adding that the ideology which held the human intellect to be a revelation deviated from the teachings of the Sunni Islam school.