PETALING JAYA, March 3 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim covets the mentri besar’s post for the power to rewrite Selangor’s laws and plunge the state into “liberal” decadence, conservative Muslim groups claimed today while declaring plans to stymie his bid for the Kajang state seat.
The groups alleged that Anwar — whom they described as resembling the “dajjal” or the Islamic equivalent of the “Antichrist” — is morally unfit for the post and that Islam in Selangor would deteriorate should he succeed in becoming mentri besar, adding that the PKR leader previously “supported anything that is against the teachings of Islam”.
“We imagine an unimaginable catastrophe and disaster if Anwar Ibrahim wins the Kajang by-election and is made Selangor mentri besar,” Datuk Hasan Ali, who is the president of right-wing Islamic group Jalur Tiga (JATI), told a press conference at his house here.
“It is obvious from his statements that as mentri besar, he would use the power to restructure the legal system and state administration to support the principles of liberalism, pluralism and social demands hiding behind the facade of human rights,” he added.
Hasan, flanked by leaders of other Islamic non-governmental organisations, provided no proof to support his allegations, however, but pointed out that the opposition leader had often supported liberal viewpoints including agreeing to the Christian right to use “Allah” to describe their God, and recognising lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) rights.
“Anwar fights for religious pluralism, which means Islam is equal to other religions. This is wrong,” the JATI president charged.
The former PAS leader, sacked from the opposition party for his ultraconservative Islamic ideology, also said Anwar’s liberal politics would spark a “collision” between Selangor’s Muslim and non-Muslim residents by allowing for “absolute” freedom of religion.
“This would threaten the aqidah (Muslim faith) and as you know it, the issue of aqidah for the Muslims is non-negotiable,” said Hasan.
He then went on to draw parallels between Anwar’s actions and that of the “dajjal”, the “false Messiah” in Islamic theology that is sent to wreak destruction through trickery ahead of the Muslim End of Days.
“At the end of time, the dajjal will descend upon earth with the aim of misleading the human race through deceit… I am not saying he is the dajjal, but his actions and character resembles the characteristics of the dajjal,” he said.
“For that, we urge those of the Islamic faith in Kajang to not be deceived by Anwar’s oratory prowess,” Hasan said before adding that “a vote for the opposition chief is a vote for the destruction of the Muslim people”.
The Kajang by-election was triggered by the unforced resignation of PKR’s Lee Chin Cheh last month, fuelling rumours that the move was engineered to allow Anwar to replace Khalid as mentri besar.
The PKR leader has so far evaded queries on the possibility of him replacing Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as mentri besar but did not deny the rumour when pressed for explanation behind his candidature for the March 23 Kajang by-election.