The PAS decision not to make public its Islamic State blueprint most disappointing, as it breaches the undertaking given by PAS leaders to BA leaders before DAP’s pull-out of the Opposition front as well as repeated public pledges by Pas leaders in the past two years
Media Conference Statement (2)
- at the launch of the Love Malaysia/Defend Secular Malaysia campaign at PJ Old Town
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Wednesday): The PAS decision not to make public its Islamic State blueprint is most disappointing, as it breaches the undertaking given by PAS leaders to Barisan Alternative (BA) leaders before DAP’s pull-out of the Opposition front as well as repeated public pledges by Pas leaders in the past two years.
In fact, Malaysians are now told at the recent PAS Muktamar that contrary to public assurances for the past two years, PAS does not have an Islamic state “blueprint” but only general guidelines.
However, even without the announcement of any “blueprint”, PAS’ concept of an Islamic State is quite clear from the various pronouncements by PAS leaders in the past that among its main features are:
At the recent PAS Muktamar, PAS President, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang reiterated that PAS would come out with two manifestos for the coming general election.
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”.
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:
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman