The politics of accommodation in PAS

Bridget Welsh

Modified 21 Nov 2012, 3:42 am

COMMENT Islamist parties throughout the world are grappling with new roles and responsibilities. PAS is no exception. The discussions in the party’s muktamar held in Kota Bharu last weekend highlight that PAS is adapting to new conditions globally and nationally, and in fact embracing reform.

Perhaps more than any party in Malaysia, PAS is engaging in accommodation. Despite news reports focusing on the comments of one or two individuals - a common feature especially in the reporting of Malaysia’s Islamic party - PAS is moving towards a more nationally-oriented position in which it can play a prominent role as a partner in an alternative government...

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