- 'Guan Eng delaying RoS probe'
- Pemuda PAS wants party to review its position in Pakatan
- Penang PAS Muslimat backs ultimatum against DAP
- Ambiga: We never mentioned 40,000 Bangladeshis
- No liberals and pluralists in PAS, says ulama chief
- PAS will implement Islamic law including the hudud capital punishment when it comes to power
- Quit all posts, Anwar told
- PAS veterans fight back
- In Pakatan ties, PAS ulama see platform for Islamic law
- Ulama know PAS best, says wing’s chief
- Umno lawyer gets nod to prosecute Sodomy II appeal
- ‘PAS-Pakatan marriage on the rocks’
- PAS wants agreement with PR to maintain seats
Posted: 21 Nov 2013 04:00 AM PST
(NST) - DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has yet to send all documents to the Registrar of Societies (RoS), including the name lists of party members who attended its central executive committee (CEC) re-election on Sept 29.
Former DAP leader Tan Tuan Tat said Guan Eng had sent only a few pages of documents to RoS, thus, delaying its investigation into legalising the CEC.
"He (Guan Eng) is doing this on purpose. He handed insufficient documents so that DAP would get de-registered by RoS, and then he can form a party filled with only his cronies," said Tan, adding that Guan Eng's act was childish.
Posted: 21 Nov 2013 01:04 AM PST
(MM) - Pemuda PAS yesterday unanimously agreed to push a motion at the party's 59th Muktamar or general assembly, seeking a review of their position in the three-way Pakatan Rakyat partnership.
The motion outlined five thrusts aimed at improving on the tahaluf siyasi principle, which was laid out by the powerful Syura council to govern PAS' political partnership with PKR and DAP.
Posted: 21 Nov 2013 12:58 AM PST
(The Star) - A delegate has come into Penang PAS' defence in issuing an ultimatum against the DAP-led state government for its alleged interference in the administration of Islamic affairs.
The Penang PAS Muslimat delegate, Rahmah Md Isa said the action initiated by PAS was needed to provide a "check and balance" in the Penang state administration.
"We (Penang PAS) only wanted to strengthen the spirit of cooperation in the Pakatan pact," she said on Thursday, adding that having only a seat in Penang does not mean that the party was weak.
"Pas has a strong machinery at the grassroots level," she said when debating a motion to adjourn the Muktamar.
She however downplayed the existing disagreement between PAS and DAP in Penang as nothing less than an argument between a brother and his younger sibling.
"However, sometimes, at one point, we have to be firm in our stand," she said.
PAS had recently claimed that the Penang government had "unreasonable interfered" in Islamic affairs and in the appointments to state agencies and village development and security committees.
If the party was not given appropriate roles and positions in the state government, its Penang PAS deputy commissioner Muhammad Fauzi Yusoff said that they would pull out their representatives from state and municipal council posts.
Posted: 20 Nov 2013 08:16 PM PST
Posted: 20 Nov 2013 08:12 PM PST
(MM) - After calling for PAS members to shun 'liberal' and pluralist Muslims, ulama wing chief Datuk Harun Taib denied today that liberalism and pluralism flourished in PAS.
However, Harun stressed that it is the responsibility of ulama to educate other Muslims from succumbing to those teachings.
"We're not saying that it has spread in PAS, but our work is to reject and repair these beliefs, maybe they are in Umno, in PKR, among Malaysians," Harun told reporters after the wings' muktamar (conference) was adjourned here.
"We're not pointing at PAS members, but to Malaysians who have been manipulated by these elements." The veteran politician also reiterated that Islam is the only syumul (universal) religion, while other religions are not and therefore cannot be placed on the same level such as in pluralism.
With its religious credentials under threat from rivals, delegates from PAS's ulama wing earlier today told party leaders to cut all ties with "liberal" Islamic and pluralism movements today, urging a boycott of groups such as the Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF).
According to a delegate from the Perak ulama wing, Umno and Barisan Nasional might use the ties as ammunition to attack the Islamist party and its leaders.
The delegate also asked for PAS leaders at all levels, including its media outlets Harakah, to boycott any activities organised by IRF.
In recent months, Muslim NGOs together with the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) have been steadfast in their attack on what they perceived as a global conspiracy against Islam, singling out ideas such as liberalism, pluralism, feminism, socialism and even positivism.
In its weekly Friday sermon last week, Jakim had accused international powers of an organised ploy to spread teachings such as liberalism and pluralism to the youths through the internet.
Posted: 20 Nov 2013 03:49 PM PST
Sheridan Mahavera, TMI
The head of PAS's Ulama wing Datuk Harun Taib said the party must make it clear that it will implement Islamic law including the hudud capital punishment when it comes to power.
Harun urged party's leaders and activists to publicly state this aim.
Without mentioning names, Harun also criticised Pakatan Rakyat colleagues who had called for the Islamic party to be deregistered due to its religious platform.
He took to task those in PAS who were reluctant to be open about the party's religious stand for fear that it would alienate its partners DAP and PKR.
Instead, Harun urged the party's allies in Pakatan to accept Islam as a political ideology that could foster unity.
He made these calls in response to comments that PAS leaders were toning down its goal to set up an Islamic state and implement the Shariah.
"We don't want our own members to be afraid to talk about our struggle to implement Islam because this is a multi-religious plural society.
"When the Prophet implemented Islam, he also did it in a plural society. We cannot be weak in our resolve to talk about Islam just because it is a plural society.
"We have to be confident in talking about our Islamic struggle as our struggle has been promised victory by Allah," Harun said in his speech at the opening of the Ulama wing's annual general assembly.
DAP chairman Karpal Singh has recently suggested that organisations which are based on religion and race should be deregistered for the sake of national unity.
Karpal has however denied that he had referred to PAS.The Ulama wing is comprised of elders, mostly religious teachers and scholars, and is seen as influential in the party to ensure its goal of an Islamic state remains.
Posted: 20 Nov 2013 03:43 PM PST
Semut calls him a liar for denying that he spoke of 40,000 Bangladeshi voters
(FMT) - Semut today called on Anwar Ibrahim to quit all his political positions, calling him a liar for denying that he said 40,000 Bangladeshis voted in the last general election.
Semut president Huan Cheng Guan said Anwar should quit as Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Permatang Pauh MP and PKR leader for being a "pathological serial liar".
"Semut" is the acronym for Sensible and Ethical Malaysian United Troopers, a group that monitors the Internet for what it calls "sensitive comments" that could disrupt harmony in Malaysia. Huan is also vice president of Parti Cinta Malaysia.
Yesterday, in making his denial, Anwar said he did not mention "40,000 Bangladeshis" in his allegation about phantom voters in the May 5election.
"This is a spin by Umno bloggers," said the PKR leader. "Who ever said there were 40,000 Bangladeshis?"
Huan rejected the denial, saying Anwar had claimed on May 2 that 40,000 dubious individuals had entered Malaysia in chartered flights.
Huan said Anwar never explained how he derived the figure even though he claimed there was "a sudden surge in the arrival of dubious individuals on chartered flights since April 25th".
"Anwar owes it to Malaysians to explain and back up his allegations with solid evidence," he said.
"If he cannot or will not produce evidence to back his claim, Anwar should step down as PKR and Pakatan Rakyat de facto leader and (resign) his parliamentary seat and positions.
"Anyone who persistently misleads Malaysians in such a way that strife, fear, anger, and disunity are spread via deceit does not have moral ground for public office."
Posted: 20 Nov 2013 02:12 PM PST
(MM) - Some 1,300-odd delegates at PAS's 59th general assembly tomorrow are being exposed to grievances and dissatisfaction of party members and leaders in dealing with issues within Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
They are also being exposed to how PAS members and leaders are treated by DAP in Penang, where the party is regarded as virtually non-existent.
Posted: 20 Nov 2013 02:07 PM PST
(MM) - PAS's ulama wing called on the Islamist party today to leverage its membership in the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) federal opposition to implement Islamic law in the states administered by the pact.
In stressing its call for the informal pact to be re-examined, the wing consisting of Islamic clerics questioned whether it has benefited Islam, even as they conceded that it has succeeded politically.
Posted: 20 Nov 2013 02:03 PM PST
(MM) - Amid a rumoured rift between ulama (Islamic clerics) and laypersons in PAS, the former today came out to say the group understands the Islamist party's struggle best as they are more knowledgeable in the Quranic teachings that form PAS's core values.
However, at the PAS ulama wing annual muktamar here, the group denied that it is hungry for power when it suggested for the ulama to have more prominent roles in administration.
Posted: 20 Nov 2013 01:56 PM PST
(MM) - The Federal Court dismissed today Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's bid to bar Umno lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah from heading the prosecution in the government's appeal against the opposition leader's acquittal of a second sodomy charge.
In a unanimous decision, the country's top court ruled that there was no conflict of interest in Putrajaya appointing the prominent Umno lawyer to act as a deputy public prosecutor (DPP).
Posted: 20 Nov 2013 01:49 PM PST
Penang Malay Congress has joined Penang Umno in its call for PAS not to waste time in Pakatan Rakyat and pull out from the coalition if "the political marriage was not working."
Athi Shankar, FMT
Penang Malay Congress (PMC) president Rahmad Isahak said PAS should stipulate a time frame for the state's Pakatan leadership to fulfill PAS's demand for more say in the decision-making process on state appointments.
"If Pakatan fails to meet the ultimatum, then PAS should pull out from the coalition without a moments hesitation."
He said PAS should realise that DAP used terms like "Saidina Umar Abdul Aziz" and "Amat Makruf Nahi Mungkar" as punch-lines to hoodwink Malay-Muslims merely to fish for their votes.
"But, in truth DAP is a chauvinist party that out-rightly rejects Malays and Islam," he claimed.
"PAS should pull out from Pakatan if it is serious and sincere in championing the Malay and Islamic cause in Penang and country.
"Why should PAS let it(self) to be used by DAP?
"Why should an Islamist party rub shoulders with a chauvinist party like DAP?" asked Rahmad in a statement today.
He was referring to grouses raised by the PAS leadership on Tuesday against the Pakatan leadership and the state government under Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
Penang PAS has threatened to pull out from the DAP-led Pakatan government and will review its position in the coalition if the party is continued to be undermined by its partners.
State PAS deputy commissioner Muhammad Fauzi Yusoff said the party wanted more 'space' within Pakatan and be allowed to speak out and make decisions on party appointments to the Penang Islamic Religious Council (Maipp), and the local government and village development and security councils (JKKK).
He also warned the state government and Pakatan state council not to interfere in the administration of the Maipp currently headed by state PAS commissioner and Permatang Pauh assemblyman Mohd Salleh Man.
Posted: 20 Nov 2013 10:03 AM PST
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