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Sunday March 16, 2008

PAS certain it can set up Islamic federal govt soon


KOTA BARU: PAS is now confident that it can soon set up an Islamic form of government at the federal level, which it claims is gaining more acceptance, especially with non-Muslims, following the good showing of the Opposition coalition in last weekend’s elections. 

Its vice-president Datuk Husam Musa said there was growing support among the Chinese and Indians in various parts of the country towards the party’s political struggle. 

“We are now genuinely hopeful of ruling the country soon. We now only need over 30 parliamentary seats to seize control,” Husam said at a thanksgiving rally, which was held at the compound of the Stadium Sultan Muhammad Ke IV before a mammoth crowd on Friday night. 

Husam said the Opposition must build on the breakthrough by making the five states under its rule as exemplary states compared to others. 

“Previously, Selangor folk looked down on Kelantan as a poor state. Now, we rule their state. Their mosques will be open to allow us to showcase the real situation in Kelantan to them,” he added. 

Husam said that with the capture of Selangor, the Opposition through PKR and DAP, could have access to files which can supposedly implicate many Barisan leaders of wrongdoings. 

“We would also pressure the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) and Attorney-General Chambers to reopen cases which remained dormant for so long.” 

Deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa said the time has come for Barisan chief Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to resign as Prime Minister. 

“Some say if Abdullah goes, the Cabinet cannot be formed. Give it to us to govern then,” Nasharuddin said at the same function.  

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