PAS unhappy with Indon stand

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 04 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS is disappointed that two of the largest Islamic organisations in Indonesia have called for an end to syariah laws in that country, where about 80% of the population are Muslims. 

Party vice-president Datuk Dr Hassan Ali said the organisations were “not sensitive” to efforts by other countries trying to establish syariah as the primary law where most of the people were Muslims. 

“In Malaysia, PAS is on course to establish an Islamic state based on syariah and we are holding steadfast to this cause,” he said, reiterating that the laws would not be imposed on non-Muslims. 

On Tuesday, leaders of the Indonesian organisations Muhammadiyah and Nadhlatul Ulama were reported as saying that there should be an end to efforts to get syariah laws enforced in the country. 

Muhammadiyah, leader Ahmad Syafiee Maarif, was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying that there was no need to press ahead with the struggle for syariah. 

Ahmad Syafiee’s organisation has about 30 million Muslims. 

He said if Muslims pressed ahead with religious formalities such as syariah or the establishment of an Islamic state, they would collide with other religious communities. 

Hashim Muzadi, the Nadhtul Ulama chairman, whose organisation has about 40 million members, said struggling for syariah to be enforced in Indonesia was not realistic as the nation needed to develop universal values for people’s prosperity. 

Dr Hatta Ramlli, political secretary to PAS acting president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang, said he believed the statements made by the two leaders were “entirely their personal opinions”.  

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