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Bigotry at its worse

  • It is amazing how far PAS has fallen from their slogan "PAS for all" ten years ago to the divisive and horrible party that they are today.

By Azmi Sharom

I can't believe what was said by Hadi Awang, the president of PAS.

His proposal that if PAS was in power then all government policy will be decided only by Muslims and implementation will be done by a mix of Muslims and non-Muslims, is truly despicable.

This is bigotry at its worse and I am speechless that a national political leader of a major party can make such a suggestion.

It is amazing how far PAS has fallen from their slogan "PAS for all" ten years ago to the divisive and horrible party that they are today.

Imagine proposing a two tier level of government based on religion. This is akin to apartheid and colonialism where some members of our society are considered second class. In effect what he is saying is that non-Muslims have no say in policy matters and are only used to implement what has been decided. This sounds like colonialism to me. The masters decide, the collies just do the work.

I cannot begin to say how disgusted I am buy this. But I am also very fearful. Is this view just the ramblings of one person or is it a belief of his party members as well. If it is the latter then that means a large portion of our population really have no interest in democracy, equality and justice.

Our country is multi religious and multi ethnic. Our development has been from contributions from all segments of our society. Equality is a value in our Constitution and despite the racially based policies that we have, our founding fathers had the aspiration that one day we will do away with such things.

We can only grow strong as a nation if we have unity. Not unity in politics and ideology but unity in purpose where we all feel like we are part of this great project called Malaysia.

The kind of thinking shown by Hadi is regressive and divisive and if it becomes the mainstream ideology of this country then we as a nation will fail.

Many non-Muslims supported PAS in the last two general elections. I can't see how they can now. Neither can I see how any Muslim with even the slightest sense of decency nor fairness, can either.

(Azmi Sharom is a law lecturer at Universiti Malaya.)

 

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