PAS has not shied away from displaying its wild ambitions, wanting to paint the whole country green.
THE Islamist party under the leadership of Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is holding its muktamar and party elections.
The PAS Youth assembly on day one has not shied away from displaying its wild ambitions, wanting to paint the whole country green.
Outgoing chairman Nik Abduh Nik Aziz vowed that PAS would capture five states in the next general election and once the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (commonly known as RUU355) are passed, the party is prepared to amend the syariah laws in the five states it has in mind: Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, Pahang and Selangor, “to show the beauty of Islam yet to be seen in Malaysia”, in his own words.
Lest we forget, the party once said it wanted to implement hudud laws in Kelantan and Terengganu.
And Nik Abduh also said his party would win 40 parliamentary seats.
If what he said becomes a reality, PAS will take the reins of half the states in Peninsular Malaysia, posing a tremendous threat to Umno which will surrender a big chunk of its local administration, retreating to a handful of minor states.
Meanwhile, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man proclaimed his party’s decision to revert to Islamic fundamentalism, adding that its struggle would be an extension of its ongoing religious fight. He said PAS would take the cue from models of other Islamic regimes worldwide.
I have reservations about PAS capturing five states and 40 parliamentary seats. This lofty goal aside, I am actually more concerned about the party substantiating its future roadmap through this muktamar.
A seasoned journalist should be able to tell that this muktamar has been unusually stern, lacking in dissident voices and moderate discourses.
The party leadership evolving around Abdul Hadi has affirmed the puristic religious approach the party is going to adopt, from administrative philosophies right down to religious policies and laws.
It will embrace Islamisation in a way much more comprehensive and thorough than Islamist parties in many Muslim-predominant states like Turkey, Egypt and Indonesia.
PAS’ roadmap is a striking misfit in Malaysia, given the degree of secularisation, modernisation and internationalisation this country has undergone and the nation will invariably be in peril under the party.
The lifestyle of many Malaysians will be completely change and all that we have achieved thus far will be invalidated.
PAS is planning to take us down the road of total Islamisation without taking into account the country’s diversity and secular traditions or the fact that this beautiful nation was put together by individuals of different religious and ethnic origins.
Monoreligionism will not fit into Malaysia’s unique characteristics. It will only spawn conflicts after conflicts.
There will be no turning back for Malaysia if we allow this country to be painted green. — Sin Chew Daily/Asia News Network
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