PETALING JAYA: DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang has asked who has the bigger say in PAS after two leaders from the party issued conflicting messages about Christmas greetings.
Lim wondered who represented the official view of the Islamist party on Christmas, whether it was PAS Youth leader Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi or its secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
"Is it the warning by the PAS Youth leader and the son of PAS president, Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi, telling Muslims not to post Christmas greetings on Facebook because the celebration is against the teachings of Islam and that there should not be any acknowledgement of the Christian religion, that is the official stand of PAS?
"Or is it merely the personal view of the son of the president?
"Who has the bigger say in PAS – the PAS secretary-general or the PAS Youth leader?
"What is the stand of PAS president, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang, PAS Mursyidul Am Hashim Jasiin and the PAS Dewan Syura on this issue?" Lim said in a statement on Wednesday (Dec 26).
Despite Muhammad Khalil's warning, Takiyuddin sent out festive greetings to all Malaysians in conjunction with Christmas.
Lim said many prominent Muslim leaders in the country and around the world also gave Christmas greetings and joined in its celebration.
Among those were the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sultan Idris Shah, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Jordan's King Abdullah II and the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.
"Are they any less Muslim as a result?" asked Lim.
He said PAS leaders could learn a thing or two from Dr Wan Azizah, who – in a Christmas hi-tea reception with the Christian Federation of Malaysia and its partners on Tuesday (Dec 25) – shared her experiences studying at convent schools.
She thanked her nun teachers for inculcating good values that turned her into a better person.
Lim also described the situation as "sad and pathetic", with more and more PAS leaders showing their "primitive mindset". He cited the example of a PAS preacher who shared the video of the Indonesian band Seventeen performing shortly before being swept away by a tsunami and said it was the kind of vice activities that invited the wrath of God.
He said he was flattered that an ally of Muhammad Khalil claimed that "Amanat Kit Siang" was more dangerous than Amanat Hadi.
"Is there an Amanat Kit Siang? If there is, let it be the following: Let Malaysians, whether Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus or (those of) other faiths, resolve that one of the objectives of a New Malaysia is to make Malaysia one of the foremost nations in the world in interfaith dialogue, understanding and tolerance," said Lim.