It is more in­ter­ested in the af­ter­life than win­ning elec­tions, claims law­maker

New Straits Times - - News - HANA NAZ HARUN KUALA LUMPUR

ADAP law­maker says it is “pointless” for Pas to re­main as a po­lit­i­cal party if it was more in­ter­ested in the af­ter­life than win­ning the gen­eral elec­tion.

DAP Pe­nang vice-chair­man Zairil Khir Jo­hari also ac­cused Pas of de­vi­at­ing from its true strug­gle, claim­ing that the Is­lamic party was act­ing as an ad­viser to Umno.

“When Pas speaks about ob­tain­ing the bless­ings of God, bet­ter reck­on­ing in the af­ter­life and the re­jec­tion of win­ning the gen­eral elec­tion, why doesn’t it just leave the strug­gle of win­ning elec­tions and join a tab­ligh or Sufi con­gre­ga­tion?

“A po­lit­i­cal party must have the goal of bring­ing im­pact on na­tional poli­cies,” he said in a blog post on Thurs­day.

Zairil, who is also Bukit Ben­dera mem­ber of par­lia­ment, said while he did not re­ject the need for per­sonal change and so­ci­etal devel­op­ment, a po­lit­i­cal party’s path was to change the coun­try’s poli­cies to be­come a just and car­ing sys­tem.

“If Pas no longer has this vi­sion, what is the use of call­ing itself a po­lit­i­cal party?”

He also said Pas’s strug­gles were dif­fer­ent when it was led by pre­vi­ous lead­ers, par­tic­u­larly the late for­mer pres­i­dent Datuk Nik Ab­dul Aziz Nik Mat.

Cit­ing a re­cent state­ment by Pas spir­i­tual leader Hashim Jasin, who said win­ning elec­tions was not Pas’s pri­or­ity, Zairil said this was proof that the Is­lamic party had strayed from the time it was with Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Al­ter­natif.

Hashim’s re­marks, he added, had caused con­fu­sion.

“How can a party fight for its ide­olo­gies and trans­late them into gov­ern­ment poli­cies if it does not win the elec­tions first?

“At the same time, it would also not mir­ror the re­al­ity of Pas’s his­tory and strug­gles all this while.

“If Pas finds DAP with its sec­u­lar and demo­cratic prin­ci­ples so repul­sive, how then can Pas co­op­er­ate with DAP, not just for a while, but for 10 years un­der two dif­fer­ent coali­tions?

“How did (Pas pres­i­dent) Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang and Nik Ab­dul Aziz de­fend and praise DAP all this while?”

Pas had a fall­out with DAP in 2015 be­fore quit­ting the now-de­funct Pakatan Rakyat last year.

A Pas break­away party, Parti Amanah Ne­gara, was later formed.

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