Published: Monday February 25, 2013 MYT 6:12:00 PM
Updated: Monday February 25, 2013 MYT 6:14:18 PM
Muhyiddin dares Hadi to issue fatwa against BR1M payment
MUAR: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has dared PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to issue a "fatwa" (edict) to forbid the disbursement of the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) by the federal government.
Muhyiddin also challenged Hadi to issue another edict to declare the act of receiving the aid as haram (forbidden).
"If this is not done (by PAS), it only means that what the (federal) government is doing is charity to help the people lead a better life and take care of the family needs," he told reporters before handing out BR1M vouchers to single unmarried recipients.
Muhyiddin was commenting on a statement in which Hadi had likened the BR1M payment to having the people live as beggars and dependent on the government like in the days of the Pharaohs.
Muhyiddin said: "I know that it (BR1M) is not contrary to faith or religious tenets. I do not see how these two leaders (Hadi and PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat) can issue statements contrary to religion when they claim to champion Islam.
"Are they going to ask their party members and supporters to return the aid? Are they prepared to issue a fatwa (edict) for the recipients to return the money because it is allegedly forbidden? As far as we are concerned, it is not contrary to the faith," he said.