Two contradictory manifestos by PAS, one for Islamic state at state level and the other silent on Islamic state at national level, violates the 1999 BA Common Manifesto and two of the DAP’s five-point “No Islamic State formula” which PAS leaders had agreed when in BA
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Thursday): As Malaysia is a federation, it is not uncommon for political parties to have two manifestos, one national and the other state when simultaneous national and state general elections are held.
What is uncommon, controversial and highly objectionable, however, is for a political party to have two contradictory manifestos, as suggested by PAS, one for Islamic state at state level in its own name and the other silent on Islamic state at the national level in the name of the Barisan Alternative.
Having two such contradictory manifestos on Islamic State violates the 1999 Barisan Alternative Common Manifesto “Towards a Just Malaysia” as well as against the spirit and intent of two of the DAP’s five-point “No Islamic State formula” which PAS leaders had agreed when DAP was still in the Barisan Alternative before our pull-out of the opposition front in September 2001.
After the 1999 general election, DAP leaders had protested strongly against PAS coming out with a Terengganu state manifesto for an Islamic state in the last few days before polling in the 1999 general election which was in clear conflict with the BA common manifesto.
This was one of the reasons why DAP wanted the BA to address the people’s concerns about the Islamic State issue after the 1999 general election but we found no support from the other BA component parties despite persistent attempts by the DAP in 2000. As a result, DAP decided to engage PAS in direct discussion on the issue in 2001, where we proposed a five-point position for Barisan Alternative on the Islamic State issue.
When talks broke down between the DAP and PAS leaders on the DAP’s five-point “No Islamic State” formula for the BA, DAP was left with no choice but to pull out of the opposition front.
The DAP’s five-point ”No Islamic State” proposal for the BA position were:
The PAS leadership were prepared to accept Points 3 and 4 but not Points 1, 2 and 5.
If PAS comes out with two contradictory manifestos, a state manifesto for an Islamic state for Kelantan, Terengganu and probably also for Perlis, Kedah and Pahang, but a different national manifesto which is silent on Islamic state, it would be going against the spirit and intent of Points 3 and 4 which its leaders have agreed, apart from violating Points 1, 2 and 5.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman