Is PAS willing to shed its extremist image?

Lim Guan Eng

Modified 11 Mar 2019, 1:33 am

MP SPEAKS | Is PAS willing to shed its extremist image by withdrawing and apologising for unconstitutional and seditious remarks that non-Muslims/non-Malays should not be appointed as ministers, and their inflammatory lies that non-Muslims now control the federal government?

If PAS is not willing to do so, how can PAS blame non-Muslims and non-Malays from Peninsular Malaysia, as well as Sabah and Sarawak, for feeling gravely threatened when this fundamental right enshrined in the Federal Constitution, which has never been questioned before, is now openly attacked by both PAS and Umno.

For the first time, the PAS and Umno combination has questioned the funding of vernacular schools, to the extent of even threatening to close them down.

PAS vice-president Iskandar Samad has denied claims his party's cooperation with Umno will give rise to an extremist government in Malaysia, and instead claimed PAS received strong support from the non-Muslim PAS Supporters Congress or DHPP, as well as through the involvement of non-Muslims in PAS-led state governments.

DAP congratulates PAS for successfully recruiting both MCA and MIC to support its extremist positions. For this reason, the PAS Youth chief has praised MCA as better than DAP, even though MCA questioned my approval for the funding of sekolah agama rakyat and sekolah tahfiz.

However, PAS should know that both parties received little or no support from non-Muslims and non-Malays and are viewed as little puppets of Umno. 

Furthermore, much as PAS likes to pretend that there is non-Muslim involvement in PAS-led state governments in Kelantan and Terengganu, no non-Muslims or non-Malays in Peninsular Malaysia or Sabah and Sarawak wants the Federal government to be run like Kelantan and Terengganu, with minimal or no non-Muslim involvement.

The non-Malay and non-Muslim community and religious bodies, including Sabah and Sarawak, feel threatened that they are made the scapegoats by PAS and Umno for problems in Malaysia, where it is permissible to lie for PAS, where corruption scandals by Muslim leaders are secondary to whether a leader is a non-Muslim, even though the non-Muslim leader is honest and competent.

PAS was a moderate and compassionate party believing in justice for all under the revered Allayarham Datuk Seri Nik Abdul Aziz when he was still alive. 

Sadly, the PAS under Nik Abdul Aziz that sees non-Muslims as an ally against injustice and corruption, is now no more, but replaced by an extremist PAS that sees non-Muslims as a target to attain political power.

LIM GUAN ENG is DAP MP for Bagan, and Finance Minister.

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