‘Focus on Islamic agenda, not Malay rights’
KUALA NERUS: Pas should avoid being too fixated on protecting Malay rights, and instead focus on furthering its Islamic agenda.
Pas Youth Central Committee member Akram Ikrai Taib Azamuden said fighting to protect the rights of one group could lead to the oppression of other groups, which went against Islam, which was open and welcoming to all.
“Everyone is seeking to protect their rights now. The Chinese, Indians, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) are all seeking their rights.
“We should not be trapped by this (tribal mentality) of (always wanting to protect) Malay rights because if we do that, we will be oppressing not only the Chinese, Indians and LGBT, but also other minority groups,” he said in his debate speech at the 64th Pas Muktamar here yesterday.
He said Pas’ Islamic foundations meant it was committed to the Islamic concept of openness to all, regardless of beliefs.
On Friday, Pas Youth rejected a motion to support a political cooperation between the party and its traditional rival, Umno.
Youth delegates overwhelmingly voted in support of a motion seeking to amend an earlier motion calling for political cooperation between the two parties.
The first motion was proposed by the Kota Raja Pas Youth division, which called for “political cooperation” instead of “general cooperation”, as the latter concept was “too informal”.
The second motion, by a delegate from Tumpat, called for an amendment to the original motion proposing to remove mention of “political cooperation” and “strengthening of ties with Umno and Barisan Nasional”. It was approved by 273 delegates, with 58 delegates objecting.
Akram said the party’s youth trusted president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and the Ulama Syura Council to decide on the cooperation with Umno.
“(The leaders on stage here) have been chosen by those sitting down there (delegates), thus we should give them our full trust to make this important decision.”