Is Hadi guilty of “Malaysia-phobia”, distrust, and phobia of all things which are multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-religious, and multi-cultural?

The DAP Penang State Assemblyman for Pengkalan Kota Daniel Ooi is right — Malaysia does not want “moral police” to enforce their moral laws on others.

The question is whether the PAS President, Hadi Awang is suffering from “Malaysiaphobia” — a distrust or phobia of Malaysia as a plural society with all its multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-religious, and multi-cultural characteristics.

May be one way to ensure Malaysia does not suffer from “Malaysiaphobia” is for religious leaders, and not just political leaders, to attend the functions of other religions.

Is Hadi prepared, for instance, to attend Christmas, Deepavali or Vesak functions to show the world that despite our differences, there is inter-religious understanding and harmony in Malaysia?

After all, these religious events have been declared as national holidays in Malaysia.

But what is more important, the formula where religious leaders attend the festivities of other religions is the way to develop if we want to have a more peaceful and harmonious global society!

It is sad that after six decades of nation-building, there are elements which try to impose “moral policing” on others, and we have completely forgotten the Vision 2020 objective to create a multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-religious, and multi-cultural nation which could join the developed nations as a world-class Malaysia.

It is precisely because of this “Malaysiaphobia” that Vision 2020 has failed.

It is argued that the promotion of alcoholic beverages is a violation of the fifth Rukun Negara principle of “Courtesy and Morality”, but does the PAS leaders, led by Hadi Awang, fully endorse and support all the five principles of Rukun Negara, especially the third principle on the “Supremacy of the Constitution”?

Lim Kit Siang DAP Veteran