Johor DAP dep. chairman: “PAS does not deserve my vote”.
Johor DAP deputy chairman Norman Fernandez writes about Pas and why Johoreans should think thoroughly on whether Pas is really worthy their votes.
He concluded with a very damning remark: “I for one have finally made up my mind and am convinced that PAS does not deserve my vote.
This article was originally published in the Outsyed the Box blog. Following is what Fernandez wrote in entirety:
“As in 1999 when PAS was part of a coalition known as Barisan Alternatif, despite agreeing to a common election manifesto went on to issue a separate manifesto which among others promised the creation of an Islamic state and the implementation of hudud.
In the end, the issue of Islamic state and hudud became an contentious issue among the then partners of Barisan Alternatif which also included DAP. Finally, DAP unable to accept the unilateral stand of PAS left the coalition which in no time unraveled and died a political death.
It would seem that PAS has learned very little from its action of the past. Once again being a coalition partner of Pakatan Rakyat, and again during election time is muscling in its own agenda with utter contempt and disregard for the common manifesto of Pakatan Rakyat.
The insistence and open pronouncement of its unilateral stand will once again come to haunt PAS and non-muslims now knowing of PAS agenda must decide if they want to gamble and risk their future with PAS.
PAS has made the implementation of hudud as its holy grail. Despite assuring non-muslims that hudud will not be applied and applicable to non-muslims, PAS leaders such as Dato’ Hadi Awang has obviously forgotten that he is on record stating that non-muslims will also be subjected to hudud.
On July 7, Dato’ Hadi Awang who as the Menteri Besar of Terengganu when winding up the debate on the Shariah Criminal Offences (Hudud and Qisas) Bill in the Terengganu state assembly declared that “when the time comes, hudud and qisas law will be extended to non-muslims”. This declaration is the clearest stand that non-muslims will also be subjected to hudud, despite now PAS relentlessly trying to assure and appease non-muslims. Non-Muslims must ask one single question – can we trust PAS and entrust our votes for them.
PAS sensing power, is now going beyond hudud. Datuk Husam Musa, the vice-president of PAS is now saying that should PAS take over Putrajaya, they will change the weekend from Sunday to Friday. This latest pronouncement is just another example of PAS acting unilaterally having scant regards for its Pakatan Rakyat partners, its common manifesto and having complete disregard for practical realities of the country and to a state like Johor.
In Johor, the Johor PAS continuous to maintain an elegant silence and have thus far has failed and refused to make a open and clear stand if it supports the imposition of hudud in Johor and if it will change the weekend from Sunday to Friday. In Johor, Johoreans including me as a voter, have a right to demand that Johor PAS state their stand.
What is certain is that PAS is clearly insistent and hell-bent in imposing its own values, idealism and policies on others and in truth despite the various overtures to non-muslims cares two hoots about non-muslims or the feelings of non-muslims.
Remember the declaration of the PAS Information Chief, Suhaizan Kayat who said that Muslims are forbidden to wish Christians merry Christmas. Incidentally, this warped zealot is standing as the PAS candidate in the mixed constituency of Simpang Renggam and Kempas, where he hopes to garner non-muslim votes.
PAS unilateral stand and the deep reluctance to be a true partner in Pakatan Rakyat and the unwillingness to subscribe to the ideals of Pakatan Rakyat let alone agree and accept the common manifesto of Pakatan Rakyat must be enough to convince non-Muslims the grave danger of risking their votes for PAS.
Non-muslims must realise that PAS will do what it has set out to do if it gains power. The question for non-muslims is whether non-muslims are prepared to risk it all with PAS. Johoreans and particularly non-muslims must think hard and deep if PAS is really worthy of their votes.
I for one have finally made up my mind and am convinced that PAS does not deserve my vote.”