KUANTAN: PAS has been urged to accept one of its affiliates as a full member.
The call came from Dewan Himpunan Penyokong PAS (DHPP) treasurer Kong Tuck Wah (pic).
“In the party constitution, it states that only Muslims can be members. Hopefully, they will recognise us as members so we can vote in the next party elections,” he said.
Kong said it was only fitting since DHPP had already been made a “dewan” on the same level with the other party wings.
When asked if this meant that DHPP wanted PAS to become a multi-religious party, Kong answered in the affirmative, saying that PAS was already a multiracial party.
In his speech at the 65th annual muktamar yesterday, Kong said PAS had to prove itself as a party for all as it was not easy to attract support from non-Muslims.
On another matter, DHPP voiced support for the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), contrary to PAS’ position on the matter.
Kong stated DHPP’s stand briefly while debating PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s policy speech at the muktamar.
“This is DHPP’s opinion and we want our chief to bring this up to the party’s top leadership for discussion,” he said when met later.
Asked about the difference of views with its parent party, Kong said the UEC was in the interest of the Chinese community and DHPP felt this had to be made known to PAS.
During the muktamar in September last year, party delegates unanimously voted to reject the UEC being used for admission to public universities and the public sector.
Meanwhile, PAS Youth is demanding an apology from those who had accused the Islamist party of accepting 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) money.
This is because PAS was not implicated in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) civil forfeiture suit against 41 entities, said its new chief Khairil Nizam Khirudin.
“If you look at the list, there is not one individual linked to PAS. This is consistent with what MACC has stated before, that PAS has never received 1MDB money,” he said.
Khairil said the accusations against PAS before the 14th General Election had affected public opinion of the party.
“I urge anyone, including current ministers, who have slandered us in the past to apologise. If you are gentlemen and respect the people, please do so,” he said.