PAS to field women if incumbents give up their seats


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 25 Jan 2004

IPOH: PAS women members in Kelantan have asked to be fielded in safe seats for the next general election, said party spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat. 

He said PAS was willing to do so if the incumbents from these seats were willing to give up their seats for the women. 

“We have a problem here because normally incumbents are given preference. 

“If any incumbent wants to give in for the woman candidate, I will thank them. God willing, some of them will. 

“The women leaders have to send in the names of their chosen candidates before we consider,” he told reporters after a dialogue-cum-Chinese New Year open house organised by Perak PAS here on Friday. 

Nik Aziz said being a candidate in Kelantan was not easy and it would be more difficult for women. 

“However, I believe they will be well accepted,” he said. 

Equating women candidates to teachers, he said, both professions only needed talking and teaching skills. 

“Both men and women can work together as long as they adhere to Islamic teachings,” he said, adding that in the past women were not candidates because they were subjected to ridicule especially by men from opposition parties. 

After Khatijah Sidek in 1959, Nik Aziz said no women became candidates. Instead, they were only appointed as senators to ensure they did not go through campaigns. 

On another matter, Nik Aziz said there were many Malay traditional practices, which were not in accordance with Islamic teachings, adding that they should be corrected. 

He said Islam did not forbid non-Muslims from entering a mosque and a surau but it was a Malay practice. 

“The Prophet invited non-Muslims to meet him at the mosque and even dine together at the place,” he said. 

Malay practice also broke up Muslim converts from their families upon their marriage to a Muslim. 

“Islam believes in family unity. Under Malay practice, converts will have nothing to do with their families anymore upon marriage until death,” he said, adding that it would take time to change these practices. 

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