SABAK BERNAM, June 7 — Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein today called former Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin rude for claiming that Allah caused two by-elections to teach Barisan Nasional (BN) a lesson.
Hishammuddin said such remarks were insensitive towards the late Kuala Kangsar MP Datuk Wan Mohammad Khairil Anuar Wan Ahmad and Sungai Besar MP Datuk Seri Noriah Kasnon, whose deaths triggered the two polls.
Noriah and Wan Mohammad Khairi were killed in a helicopter crash in Sarawak last month.
“What he (Nizar) mentioned is his own personal views and I think it is very rude of him to say something like that,” he told reporters at a Ramadan bazaar here.
He then urged others to be more compassionate and not repeat such claims, saying it was disrespectful to the families of the two lawmakers.
Hishammuddin, who is also defence minister, also said BN was not banking on the infighting among opposition parties in the two by-elections, and was relying purely on its own campaign and machinery.
Nizar said during a campaign speech yesterday that the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections were a sign of divine retribution over BN’s role in the 2009 ouster of the then Pakatan Rakyat state government in Perak.
BN’s Budiman Mohd Zohdi will face PAS’s Dr Abdul Rani Osman and Amanah’s Azhar Shukur in the June 18 by-election for Sungai Besar.