GEORGE TOWN: A PAS branch leader Mohamed Hafiz Nordin remains adamant that his party should pull out of the Pakatan Rakyat alliance because of DAP’s inability to accept the Islamic State principles of his party.
Claiming that many grassroots leaders and fellow clerics shared a similar opinion, he said the basic foundation of PAS’ struggle was Islam but since 2008, there had been several instances when Pakatan failed to defend the religion from been abused by non-believers.
“Whether the abuse was done with malice or inadvertently, such incidents have hurt the feelings of Muslims here. It’s not just politics, it is a general sentiment that Pakatan has let down the Islamic community, especially in Penang.”
He named the controversy generated by Perak DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham’s tweet about Muslims’ reaction to the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ online movie, as the latest in a series of episodes which caused an uproar among the community.
It also created a sense of uneasiness among the Muslims here, as the DAP-led state government had failed to address their grievances over religious policies and practices, Hafiz, who was the former Penang PAS Youth head, said in an interview on Saturday.
Penang PAS deputy commissioner III Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa when contacted said Hafiz’s remarks were not worth responding to, as the latter had disregarded PAS’ loyalty to Pakatan.