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PAS to field Iban, Chinese candidates in Sarawak?

PARTI Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) is now trying to make itself more appealing to Sarawakians by proposing to field an Iban candidate.

Yes, PAS wants to portray itself as a party for all.

This is the party that introduced regulations for separate counters for men and women in Kelantan when queuing in supermarkets way back in 1996. Those who defy the rule can be fined by the local council. Apparently they have separate public benches for men and women too.

This is the party that wants to have an Islamic State. Although Islam is already the official religion of Malaysia, PAS wants to take things further.

In the party’s constitution, it is stated that the undertakings of PAS are among others, to preach or proselytise Islam to all (yes, PAS wants to convert all non-Muslims). They want to use the religion at all levels of society including governance and administration, economics, as well as learning and education.

This is the party that insulted the Dayak community, nay, in fact all Sarawakians, when its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said “Mereka ini tidak reti undi, pakai cawat lagi,” in response to the opposition’s loss in the Batang Ai by-election.

He called Sarawakians ignorant cawat (loin cloth) wearing voters who do not know how to vote. Well how does wearing the traditional cawat make us ignorant? And what is wrong with our traditions? How dare PAS insult Sarawak’s heritage!

That comment still makes my blood boil!

Now PAS says it wants to field an Iban candidate in Sibuti! What a joke!

So now the party is trying to appeal to us ignorant cawat-wearing Sarawakians by fielding an Iban who works in Malaya.

How convenient. But this is PAS. The party that was willing to field a non-Muslim woman, Kumutha Raman, in the Ulu Tiram state seat in Johor during the 2008 general election.

This is despite the party’s constitution, which states that its foundation is Islam.

Kumutha went on to lose to Maulizan Bujang from Barisan Nasional by a majority of 8,178, but the point is PAS showed that it is willing to do anything in an attempt to gain power!

In fact, the party has even hinted that it might field a Chinese candidate in Miri!

Santubong Member of Parliament Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar pointed out that PAS is willing to change its colours to suit whatever audience it addresses.

“To me PAS is like a chameleon party. In front of the Chinese they will speak about Chinese interests, in front of the Ibans they speak about Iban interests and to the Malays they speak about Malay interests,” he is quoted as saying.

Too right! Somehow PAS must think that we are easily fooled by its changing its tune to suit whoever the party is addressing at the time.

Sure the party wants Sarawakians to forget things such as separate counters for men and women in supermarkets. Sure the party wants Sarawakians to forget about its desire to set up an Islamic state. Sure the party wants Sarawakians to forget that it has called us cawat-wearing ignoramuses!!

Well we Sarawakians still remember how the party has insulted our ancestors, our traditions, and our intelligence. We are certainly not ignorant. We know exactly how to vote.

The Bernama report:

PAS may field Iban candidate for first time in Sarawak polls

MIRI: PAS may be making party history since its formation 62 years ago by fielding for the first time, an Iban candidate to contest a parliamentary seat in Sarawak.

Sarawak PAS commissioner Adam Ahid confirmed that the party had shorlisted potential candidates and one of them would be an Iban contesting the Bumiputera-majority Sibuti parliamentary seat, here.

It is understood that the likely candidate is a professional working in Kuala Lumpur.

“The party’s decision to field an Iban candidate is based on the voter trend in the state election last year. We saw that we got the support of Iban voters,” he told Bernama yesterday.

For example, he said, when PAS contested the Beting Maro state seat last year, a large number of Iban voters there voted for the Pas candidate.

He said by fielding an Iban candidate, it would show that the party was for all races and this would enable the party to make an inroad into Sarawak politics.

“For the coming general election, Sarawak PAS plans to contest six or seven parliamentary seats in the state,” he said.

In the last state election, PAS contested five seats, namely Tanjung Datu, Muara Tuang, Sadong Jaya, Sebuyau and Beting Maro but lost all to Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates.

In the 2008 general election, PAS created history when the party fielded an Indian candidate, Kumutha Raman, to contest the Ulu Tiram state seat in Johor.

Kumutha became the first non-Muslim woman to be fielded as candidate since the party was formed in 1951. — Bernama

A report from The Star:

Chameleonic PAS changes colours to suit audience, says Wan Junaidi

KUCHING: PAS has been likened to a “chameleon” for its proposal to field an Iban candidate in a parliamentary seat in Sarawak.

Santubong MP Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said PAS was changing its colours to suit whatever audience it was addressing.

“To me PAS is like a chameleon party. In front of the Chinese they will speak about Chinese interests, in front of the Ibans they speak about Iban interests and to the Malays they speak about Malay interests,” he said.

He added that in the past PAS championed an Islamic state but was now proposing to field non-Muslim candidates.

“Yet (PAS president) Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang himself has said that non-Muslims cannot hold top leadership positions in the party.

“So even if PAS fields non-Muslim candidates, they will just be window dressing,” he said.

He added that having non-Muslim candidates went against PAS’ principles and manifesto as an Islamic party and was merely a tactic to gain as many seats as possible.

“This is what the Opposition’s politics are all about, to confuse the people and not tell the whole story of what they want. We cannot run away from reality. Can PAS, PKR or DAP bring real development to the country?” he said.

Wan Junaidi was commenting on reports that PAS’ potential candidates included an Iban who would contest Sibuti, a bumiputra-majority seat in Miri.

Sarawak PAS commissioner Adam Ahid was reported as saying that by fielding an Iban candidate, it would show that the party was for all races and this would enable it to make inroads into Sarawak politics.

Earlier, Wan Junaidi said there was still no alternative to Barisan Nasional, which had a proven track record over the years.

He advised the people to choose the party with the will and experience to serve the people and bring development.

“Where else can you find a better party or better leaders to govern the country?” he said during a meet-the-people session at Kampung Bintawa Tengah here yesterday.

He also called on local PBB leaders to be united ahead of the elections as part of their preparations.

“We should take steps to ensure that there is no bickering or differences of opinion among ourselves. Unity in politics is important and everyone should work together,” he said.

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