An UMNO leader recently raised allegations against a PAS ustaz, claiming that the religious leader had warned voters to avoid attending kenduris organized by UMNO, stating that they would be condemned to hell if they did so.
According to a report by Free Malaysia Today, Datuk Ir Dr Shaik Hussein Mydin, the Barisan Nasional's candidate for the Sungai Dua state seat, made this claim after attending a kenduri hosted by a villager. When asked about the source of the warning, he was informed that it came from an ustaz in Tasek Gelugor.
"I was shocked to hear this," expressed Shaik in response to the alleged warning issued to voters.
In a defiant stand against the alleged warning, Shaik informed the attendees at the kenduri that they would host an even bigger event.
This is not the first time voters have encountered such a "going to hell" statement in relation to political choices. In 2022, a video of PAS Youth chief Shahiful Nasir's speech at a ceramah went viral for warning voters that they would "go to hell" if they voted for Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Harapan instead of Perikatan Nasional in the general election (GE15). Following the controversy, Shahiful Nasir later issued an apology over his remark.
The use of religious warnings in political discourse has been a topic of concern, with critics condemning such statements for being divisive and manipulating voters based on fear. Religious leaders play a crucial role in shaping public opinion, and it is important to uphold the principles of unity, understanding, and respect for diverse political perspectives.
As Malaysia's political landscape continues to evolve, it is essential for all parties involved to exercise responsibility and sensitivity in their communication, avoiding inflammatory language and promoting constructive dialogues that encourage informed voting choices.
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Source: The Sun Daily