Sunday, March 25, 2012

This is far as it goes for non-Muslims in PAS, ouch!

For the aspiring and ambitious who thinks the sky’s the limit for them in PAS, what party president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang said Saturday should be a warning.

He strongly rejected the proposal that non-Muslim leaders could one day hold the post of PAS deputy president because it is against the party’s constitution.

The idea was suggested last month by Kuala Selangor MP, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

Hadi’s rationale: “The non-Muslims can be ministers, but not hold positions in the party (PAS)…in communist countries, will they appoint a non-communist as their president?”

To further illustrate his point, Hadi pointed to the U.S. under the Republicans, where the president would be a Republican, the secretary of state a republican, and so on.

He even said that UMNO, too, would do the same whenever the party wins the elections.

However, he stressed those non-Muslims in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) component parties could hold ministerial posts should PR succeed in taking over Putrajaya in the coming 13th General Election.

Despite the top leadership in PAS claiming that the issue has been put to rest, the reiteration by Hadi comes as an indication that it is not so.

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