Former Lord President Tun Salleh Abas  to join the DAP-PAS inter-political, inter-religious and inter-civilisational dialogue in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya, Monday): Former Lord President and Terengganu State Executive Councillor for Special Tasks & Hisbah, Tun Salleh Abas, will join the DAP-PAS inter-political, inter-religious and inter-civilisational public forum to be held at Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, 22nd January 2000 at 8.30 p.m. The forum topic is  entitled "PAS Terengganu Government - Towards A Just Malaysia".

PAS Terengganu leaders who have earlier agreed to participate in the first inter-party, inter-political, inter-religious and inter-civilisational dialogue to be held in the country are Terengganu PAS Mentri Besar, Haji Hadi Ahmad Awang and three senior state executive councillors, Mustapha Ali (Economic Development, Petroleum and Industry) , Harun Taib (Education, Dakwah and Syariah Implementation) and Wan Abdul Muttalib Embong (Local  Government and Housing).

Apart from speeches, Hadi and the other four senior Terengganu Exco members will field  questions from the public about PAS Terengganu Govermmentís plan in implementing the Barisan Alternativeís common manifesto, Towards A Just Malaysia, in Terengganu.

The main objective of the DAP launching a series of inter-political, inter-religious and inter-civilisational dialogue is to promote greater understanding and to  bring together different communities subscribing to different spiritual faiths, religious ways of life and political ideologies to work for the common good of the country and people.

Tun Salleh Abasí State Exco portfolio of Special Tasks and Hisbah is the first of its kind in Malaysian state government history. He will be responsible for the pioneering work to develop the institution of hisbah (or ombudsman in modern terminology), which is a major institution in the Islamic socio-economic scheme with the role of ensuring that a high degree of public morality is attained and that the society is protected from fraud, exploitation and greed.

Malaysia as a whole needs the institution of an  Ombudsman or a Parliamentary Commissioner to give redress to citizens against injustices caused by all forms of maladministration.


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman