PETALING JAYA: PAS denied claims that the party will use the position of more seats in the government to implement policies that pressure any party.
He also assured that he would not put pressure on Sarawak and Sabah whose people now live a harmonious life according to their respective customs and religions.
The party’s Secretary General, Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said, PAS is very strict in adhering to the Islamic principle of ‘no compulsion in religion’ where a non-Muslim cannot be forced to embrace Islam except on their own free will and understanding.
In this regard, he said, the party gave assurances that it would continue to practice the concept of consultation and discussion with all partners in the government despite having the largest number of seats among the parties that will form the Federal Government later.
“This matter was proven during Pas’ participation in the Federal Government for the previous 31 months where Pas always agreed to all joint decisions whether in the Cabinet Assembly or at the level of ministries and government agencies.
“PAS always respects the diversity and plurality of Malaysians who are made up of various races, customs and religions and recognizes their rights and freedom to practice their own way of life based on the guarantees of the Federal Constitution.
“PAS proved this after showing openness including guaranteeing the rights of people of various races and religions in the government led by PAS in Kelantan for more than 30 years,” he said in a statement tonight.
Earlier, the media reported, the former leader of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is concerned about cooperation with PAS through the Perikatan Nasional (PN).
Former Vice President of the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Lily Yong said, the negative sentiment about cooperation with PAS is very strong in the field.
“In Sarawak, for more than a hundred years, we have had a harmonious, multi-racial and multi-religious life. We should not compromise this.
“Although nothing has been finalized for now, if the formula to cooperate with PAS becomes a reality, I can’t imagine what Sarawak will be like,” he said.
In the meantime, Takiyuddin stressed that Pas leaders and members are made up of various educational backgrounds and qualifications including a large number of professionals in various fields.
“Thus they will fulfill their responsibilities professionally when given positions and roles in the government and its agencies,” he explained. MESSENGER
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