PETALING JAYA: PAS has defended its bai'ah (oath-taking) practice by its elected representatives, saying their allegiance to the party is similar to love for their families.
"PAS does not buy loyalty with money. PAS trusts its candidates fully based on this oath they took in the name of Allah," PAS deputy chairman Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (pic) said in a Facebook posting, Saturday.
He said that PAS representatives should not betray the party or their families.
"PAS would like to remind those who are bound to this bai'ah to refer to what they had uttered and adhere to it," he said.
Tuan Ibrahim then called for all parties to stop the bai'ah polemic, and allow the relevant authorities to make a decision on it.
"Those involved in this bai'ah should refer to the Syariah Court, as it requires a decision on something related to Islamic matters," he said.
He said although one could make a kifarat (redemption) for not abiding by the bai'ah, this did not release them from their oath.
Dr Hatta Ramli was among those who are allegedly bound to PAS through this bai'ah, and is being pressured to divorce his wife after failing to abide by it.
The Kuala Krai MP, who left PAS to join the newly set-up Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), said he had no intention of divorcing his wife Dr Kalsom Maskon, nor would he vacate his Parliamentary seat which he won under a PAS ticket.
Critics have previously said that PAS' requirement of making the bai'ah oath, which had been the practice of the party since 2004 General Elections, was merely a form of political obsession.
Amanah pro-tem central committee member Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, who also left PAS, had come to Dr Hatta's defence, saying it was un-Islamic to force people to break their sacred matrimonial vows over a political fallout.
He said they had been forced to take the oath, or PAS would not have endorsed them as candidates for the election.
Those who made the bai'ah oath are said to irrevocably divorce (talak tiga) their wives if they left PAS.