Don't belittle others for votes, PAS told


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 20 May 2003

KANGAR: PAS should not belittle the police force in its quest to make cheap political inroads, said Deputy Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin. 

Instead of trying to tarnish the reputation of the police, the Opposition should be grateful that the country remains peaceful largely due to its efforts in ensuring security and safety, he said. 

Zainuddin said this in reference to PAS Acting president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's recent remark that certain police personnel in Terengganu were either condoning or involved in vice. 

“It is time for PAS to be realistic. Using the term vice in its accusations against the police was subjective as vice in PAS' definition was more related to entertainment rather than outright vice,” he told a press conference here. 

“PAS definition of Islamic administration, which was ala 'Taliban', has caused many Terengganu residents to flee to neighbouring Kuantan for some recreation and healthy entertainment. 

“Kuantan was a hive of activity during weekends when Terengganu residents come to experience activities not found in their state,'' he said. 

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