After Umno And MIC, PAS Wants To Make Friends With MCA


MARANG: After making friends with Umno and MIC, PAS may offer the olive branch to MCA, the third major party of the Barisan Nasional which was once its bitter enemy.

PAS president Datuk Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang said PAS had vast experience working with many political parties, including DAP, PKR and Umno.

As the party also had the support of non-Muslims there was always the possibility of cooperation.

“We have to wait, but PAS has vast experience working with not only MIC, Umno, DAP, PKR and Parti Negara.

“In politics we must be flexible. We cannot be rigid because we are living in a multiracial society and Islam acknowledges the presence of other races.

“It was this factor that surprised them. Before this they were reading about Islam from books written by non-Muslims which led to confusion,” he said at the launch of the Maahad Tahfiz Asy-Syatibi building in Alor Limbat, here, yesterday.

Ustaz Hadi said Islam was universal, but some could not accept the Islamic political concept as well as Islamic administration.

“I have often mentioned a technocrat government. It means we can take in non-Muslims as ministers in the Cabinet. But they cannot accept the Islamic political concept,” he added.

On his meeting with MIC on Friday, Ustaz Hadi said it was more of a “get-to-know” session and a return gesture following its visit to the PAS headquarters to listen to Pas’ political messages.

“We received a good response. We explained our experiences in Kelantan and Terengganu, and they made their own observation that the non-Muslims were not oppressed and their rights were protected by Islam as well as the constitution.

“They need to know that Islam accepts non-Muslims in Islamic administration,” he said, adding that the meeting between PAS and MIC follows meetings between the latter and PAS supporters wing (DHPP – Dewan Himpunan Penyokong PAS).

Ustaz Hadi added that the meetings began five months ago owing to MIC’s concerns over the mushrooming of political parties which had divided the Indian community and who fought against one another in elections.

“MIC still has its grassroots, unlike some which ride on issues. When an issue is dead, the party became weak,” he added.

On Tun Dr Mahathir being labelled as a dictator, Ustaz Hadi said the prime minister was firm and not a dictator.

“He is firm not just at the national level, but also internationally. We support his stand on Israel.

“But, how can he be a dictator when he was elected by voters in Langkawi and was chosen by Pakatan Harapan (as prime minister).

“He did not appoint himself as the prime minister.

“So, that is democracy. But, I will not interfere in their affairs when someone from within PH called him a dictator,” he added.-NST