‘Fo­cus on Islamic agenda, not Malay rights’

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION -

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.”

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