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Azmin defends muftis after brother slanders them
Published on: Wednesday, January 03, 2018

SELANGOR Menteri Besar Azmin Ali's tweets on respecting muftis also came soon after his estranged brother Azwan Ali criticised religious officials.

Azwan, who is working with Umno to take down Azmin and the Selangor government, had told newsite MalaysiaKini that he was ticked off by a mufti in the past.

In an interview with the site, Azwan however did not name the official but said that the mufti should focus on other issues instead of him.

"Hello mufti, can you please solve the 1,001 problems of Muslims in Malaysia instead of being bothered about Azwan Ali?" said the former television host.

Azwan then sang the chorus from the song "abang nak tegur" (I want to tick you off), made popular by singers Alif Syukri and Nur Sajat.

"No need to rebuke la, it's just a waste of time," Azwan said as reported by the portal.

After Azwan's interview was published yesterday afternoon, Azmin had tweeted that muftis should not be slandered and used for political gain.

"It is not right for any individual to degrade and humiliate muftis for political interests.

We can have different views, but don't disgrace others," Azmin tweeted.

"Slandering muftis is an action that is overboard. Repent fully and don't do this again.

Stop the play-acting," Azmin said without referring to anyone.

The PKR deputy president's tweet also came hours after Bersatu chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad blamed them for failing to prevent the Memali tragedy.

Dr Mahathir had said the 1985 Memali tragedy would not have happened if muftis had challenged the Amanat Hadi, a speech by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang in 1981 that allegedly incited PAS supporters to oppose Umno and Barisan Nasional with violence.

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