Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Muhyiddin Yassin today said his comments on Christians in a recent speech had been taken out of context, adding that they were in reference to a video clip making the rounds on social media.
"For the record, I was commenting on a video clip that was circulating during this election period where a foreign religious group specifically appeared to be praying for the government to fall in the hands of the opposition.
"PN stands for stability, fairness to all and being corruption-free," Muhyiddin said in response to a Malaysiakini report which quoted a speech he recently gave in Muar, Johor.
In his speech, he said he had watched how a group of worshippers in a church were praying for the opposition in Malaysia to come to power.
But Muhyiddin said the remarks were taken out of context and circulated by PN’s rivals "specifically to tarnish my image and to create a false narrative."
"My entire speech was approximately 55 minutes long. This clip that is circulating on TikTok and social media is a limited one minute and 35 seconds out of the whole speech," he said.
He said he had also spoken about the need for political stability and for DAP to show restraint and respect the "rights of all races in Malaysia including the special rights of the Malays and the Malay rulers."
"I said: 'Everybody must prosper. Malay, Chinese, Indian must share together. So that our nation's prosperity can be shared by all races'," he added.