The inexorable pursuit of an Islamic state

COMMENT If there is anything unmistakably clear from the recent muktamar or general assembly of the Islamic Party of Malaysia - PAS - it is that despite the acceptance of the concept of tahalluf siyasi or political consensus among the three major components of the opposition front - Pakatan Rakyat - PAS' ambition in establishing an Islamic state and implementing hudud laws is unwavering, if not more resolute.

It appears rather incongruous that despite the acceptance of Buku Jingga, or Orange Book, as a comprehensive framework of the opposition front on how to govern the country when they come to power, PAS seems to have a higher agenda - to transform the multiracial and multi-religious country into a full-fledged Islamic state...