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PAS Bending on Islamic Policy December 17, 2008

Posted by malaysianstory in Uncategorized.
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PAS is neither here nor there. The party leadership is at a crossroad and indecisive whether to pursue their Islamic state aspirations or risked being dumped by the electorate for giving in too much to mounting pressures by their Pakatan Rakyat partners and non-Muslims voters who want them to shed their theologian image.
PAS leaders are now in a dilemma as recent statements proved that they are no more tenable with Pakatan-Rakyat, especially DAP, when it comes to hard-line policies involving religion.
PAS which was known for its hard-nosed and uncompromising stance over its Islamic state and hudud laws guiding principles were a pale of shadow when it dropped Islamic State from their 2008 election manifesto and supported the People’s Declaration instead.
So, we can presume that PAS is not serious in pursuing its once unbending policy of turning the country into an Islamic State or hudud laws or the party is an empty vessel that makes the most noise.
The Selangor Bar Journal in an exclusive interview with PAS president Abdul Hadi bin Awang sums it all.
Hadi in that interview said that at the top of the agenda of a PAS-led Federal Government once it is returned to power is to commence implementing Islamic law, starting with the amendment of Article 4 of the Malaysian Constitution to enable Islamic enactment which are in conflict with laws passed by Parliament to prevail, such as the death sentence for apostasy.
Hadi said that if Malaysia came under Islamic rule an act against the religion would be construed as an act against the State, which would be tantamount to treason for which the sentence was death.
He said: “The laws on apostasy only bind Muslims and do not affect non-Muslims but a non-Muslim should be aware of the consequences of apostasy before converting because then he would come under the purview of Islamic law.
PAS sleeping partner in Pakatan-Rakyat, the DAP, later replied whether PAS leaders are prepared to respect the DAP’s opposition to an Islamic State in Malaysia not because of anti-Islam sentiments but because an Islamic State in multi-racial and multi-religious Malaysia is not compatible with parliamentary democracy, power-sharing in a plural society, human rights and individual freedoms, women’s rights and social tolerance.
So, what Hadi has to say about this now. Is he prepared to give up the party’s Islamic state aspirations ? Let us think on his behalf and decide for him in the upcoming Kuala Terengganu by-election.

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1. malaysian - December 18, 2008

Yes Mr Hadi Awang is correct on the point of law that if a non muslim converts then he is bounded to the islamic law. But on the other hand, people who converts kids in school should also be punish because they are minors and should never be permitted to do so! Lets be honest about this whole thing, even in an Islamic state, the constitution guranttees the freedom of religion, so where is the freedom when people cannot convert? What is the point of keeping people in a particular religion when they have lost their faith? Who would be seen as the sinnerin the eyes of god, if one forces another human to follow a particular faith and sin when he no longer practices that faith? Think about it carefully! Those non-muslim who wants to convert also should think seriously about it? If you convert because of marriage its shameful because you place worldy relation more than faith! I agree with Mr Hadi Awang that they should not be permitted to reverse their religion and should be punish for making a mockery of god his/hers original religion and also Islam!

2. Moderate Muslim - December 21, 2008

I would subscribe to idea of Islamic state aspiration if PAS would practice without prejudice and to believe that every citizen in Malaysia was equal beyond neither races nor religion. Races and religion should be treated equally .The values and ideas about Malaysia must have been formed in part of PAS experiences of nation building which does not show a marked diversity when it comes to policies involving religion. So called partners in “kahwin –kontrak” (Pakatan-Rakyat ) between DAP and PAS are still in a big dilemma either to bind the marriage or terminate the contract. Same ideas also goes to Parti Keadilan which was not so keen of the idea of Islamic state especially when Hadi said about implementing Hudud law once it is returned to power. My personal view is that PAS should willing to be open and liberal if want an Islamic state in Malaysia to be accepted by multi-racial and multi-religious people.

3. freeapostate - June 11, 2011

Freedom of apostasy is guaranteed by the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights, and yet several countries have laws against apostasy with penalties of imprisonment or death. The issue of crimes against humanity perpetrated against apostasy is rising as waring factions involving religion dominates world news.

It is time for the UN to remember its charter and pressure countries that commit human rights violations against apostates to cease and desist. In an effort to improve awareness about these human rights violations and to solicit support for that cause, the following site provides further details:

http://freedomofapostasy.wordpress.com/


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