KUALA TERENGGANU: PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has stressed that the party will continue with its Islamic agenda.
He said there was no contradiction in the statement by party vice-president Datuk Mustafa Ali who told a worldwide audience that an Islamic state was not an objective in the party’s constitution.
Hadi said that Mustafa was only giving a general viewpoint of Islam and did not dwell on details in the interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation’s programme Hardtalk.
“When we talk about Islam, it includes all aspects of Islam. Probably the British Broadcasting Corporation journalist (Tim Sebastian) only understands Islam as understood by Westerners.
“They (the BBC) want to turn this into a political issue as their interpretation of religion is based on western definitions and not by the definition in Islamic teachings,” he told newsmen yesterday after chairing the state weekly exco meeting at Wisma Darul Iman.
During the interview, Mustafa had claimed that the media had used the term “Islamic state” to frighten non-Malays.
Hadi also defended the party’s Jeli MP Mohd Apandi Mohamad’s alleged exorbitant mileage claims, saying he was not worried by any investigations either by the police or the Anti-Corruption Agency.
He said the issue was raked up for political purposes as the claims submitted by Mohd Apandi were vetted and approved by Parliament officials including auditors.
Hadi said that the Jeli constituency was bigger or similar in size to Penang and Mohd Apandi visited his constituency frequently.