Sunday, December 21, 2008

PAS loses non-Muslim support

Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) will implement hudud laws if the Pakatan Rakyat coalition takes over the administration of the country in a general election, according to party vice-president Datuk Husam Musa.

He reiterated the party’s pledge to implement the Islamic laws at a discourse on political transformation in Malaysia.

The attempt by the Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) to enact hudud laws ran contrary to the Federal Constitution which requires an amendment of the federal constitution; it has been opposed bitterly by non-Malays and secular that this ulterior motive, which was inappropriate and unacceptable in a multi-racial and multi religious society like Malaysia.

PAS risks losing what little non-Muslim support it has during the 12th general election if persist tussling and proving its Islamic credentials.

Ironically, PAS needs not only maintaining Muslim support but also retain the non-Muslim support politically it obtained on the back of a more united opposition alliance back then. It is a tall order if it continues to push for hudud laws.

Indeed, the "political ploy to out-Islamize" over the issue of hudud is an unwise political strategy as it causes the opposition alliance to split. It triggers a political crisis of confidence toward multi-ethnic Chinese-based Democratic Action Party and undermine non-Muslim support for the opposition especially PAS itself.

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