PAS Bending on Islamic Policy December 17, 2008
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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.