Muhyiddin: Split caused by PAS' distortion of religion

  • Nation
  • Friday, 12 Sep 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS’ tendency to distort religion for political support is the reason for the split in the Muslim community, said Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. 

He said Umno was not hijacking Islam as alleged by PAS but it was the opposition party which had done so. 

“PAS is hijacking the religion for its own political agenda, causing divisions in the community. It has preached and interpreted the religion to suit its needs,” he said, adding that it was an unhealthy practice in the long run. 

He was speaking to reporters after launching Berjaya Times Square's indoor theme park and witnessing a signing ceremony between its tenants and service providers here yesterday. 

On Wednesday, PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat claimed that Umno’s projection of an Islamic image was based more on “Islam cetak rompak” (pirated Islam) and added that people who had faith in Islam would join PAS and not Umno. 

“Umno has never deviated from the original teachings of the religion,” Muhyiddin said. 

At the event, Muhyidin, also the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs minister, said consumer spending was on the rebound after the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. 

He said the retail sector has been experiencing a positive growth for the last three months. 

Muhyiddin said Berjaya Group Bhd’s initiative was in line with the Government’s policy, which encouraged the private sector to take the lead in boosting the economy. 

He said the shopping mall was yet another landmark for tourists and would boost government efforts to make Malaysia an international shopping and tourist destination. 

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