Tan said Muslims should be allowed to express their views
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP national vice chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw said Muslims should be allowed to express their views on Valentine’s Day celebration.
In a text message reply to The Mole Tan said: “We should let Muslims express their views. Pas’ view on Valentine’s Day is only applicable to Muslims.”
He added: “It’s up to other Muslims to decide whether they feel Pas’ view about celebrating Valentine's Day is against human rights and freedom.”
This came in contrast to a statement made by Karpal who criticised Pas for objecting the Valentine’s Day celebration.
Tan's comments were in response to a post Nik Abduh made on his Facebook criticising Karpal.
Nik Abduh said Karpal should learn to respect views of those from other religion especially Muslims with regards to Valentine’s Day celebration.
He also said that the objection against Valentine’s Day was not merely Pas’ view but it represented the views of other Muslims.
Nik Abduh retorts came about following a news report quoting Karpal as saying Pas’ objection against the Valentine's Day celebration was insulting to human rights and freedom.
Nik Abduh when contacted said Karpal should learn to respect the rights of Muslims, in serving their duty as well.
“It is not his place to stop a Muslim from urging other Muslims against celebrating something that is prohibited by the religion,” Nik Abduh said.
“There is a fatwa (religious edict) which clearly stated that Valentine’s Day should not be celebrated by Muslims. Karpal should understand that it is our right to remind fellow Muslims to observe it,” he added.
Asked whether the latest disagreement would only create further rift between DAP and Pas, Nik Abduh dismissed it by saying a conflict would foster better understanding between both parties.