Abdul Hamid: PAS turning blind eye

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  • Sunday, 13 Jul 2003

PUTRAJAYA: Some PAS leaders are aware of their members giving wrong interpretations of Islam but do not act in order to preserve their political agenda, said Religious Adviser to the Prime Minister Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Othman. 

He said just about any PAS leader now could claim to be an ulama and by dressing up in a jubah (robe) they could mislead the people into accepting them as scholars.  

“Because of the democratic system practised in this country, this trend is very worrying as it can lead to lasting disunity in the Muslim community.  

TIME FOR FAREWELLS:Abdul Hamid bidding farewell to participants on the last day of the WorldConference of Islamic Scholars in Putrajaya yesterday.

“This problem needs to be addressed through formal education starting from the kindergarten and other informal approaches,” he told reporters after closing the World Conference of Islamic Scholars at the Marriott Hotel yesterday.  

Asked whether the Government should try to hold a dialogue with PAS leaders to address the problem, Abdul Hamid said it was not worth the effort as several attempts had been made to hold the dialogue, but there was the problem of finding a common ground to start the discourse. 

He said many Islamic scholars who attended the conference concurred that it was wrong for any Muslim group to brand another as un-Islamic.  

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