Date of publication: Oct 27, 2013
Section heading: Main Section
Page number: 004
YAN: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said it was not a "sin" for voters to shift their support from Pas to Barisan Nasional and Umno for the sake of progress as there was no such decree in Islamic teachings.
In his most direct plea to voters of the Sungai Limau state constituency, which has voted Pas for the past five general elections, Muhyiddin dared anyone to prove that support for BN would condemn a person to hell.
"To change from Pas to Umno is not wrong. There is no hukuman (decree) that says it is a big sin. None. If Pas leaders conduct a ceramah and tell you that you will sin, and be condemned to hell, don't believe them.
"It is not stated in any kitab (scripture). If there is any scripture that proves that supporting Umno is wrong and one would be condemned to hell, I dare any ustaz here to show it to me," Muhyiddin told a crowd of about 2,000 at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sungai Limau here yesterday.
At a later function, Muhyiddin said BN would go all out to counter the opposition's exploitation of the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) during the Sungai Limau by-election campaign.
He said he was confident voters would not be easily deceived by the opposition that the GST would burden the majority of the rakyat.
Muhyiddin said he was confident the GST issue would not affect the BN's chances of wresting the seat.