Guan Eng: Pas a party of 'deviant politics'

BALVIN KAUR


GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister today took aim at Pas, saying that the Islamic party has ‘lost its way’.

Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, said the Pas leadership must explain why Pas has turned into a “parti politik sesat" (party of deviant politics).

Referring to Pas’ proposal for a constitutional amendment so that only Malays and Muslims can be the prime minister, Lim said such a proposal was provocative.

“It creates hate among non-Malays and non-Muslims, and also discriminates against non-Malays and non-Muslims even though they have never contested the post before,” he said.

Last Sunday, during its muktamar, Pas passed a resolution to call for the amendment to the Federal Constitution to include a stipulation that only a Malay-Muslim could become the prime minister.

The constitution, in its current form, is silent on any such religious requirement. It only states that the prime minister must command the confidence of the majority of elected members of parliament.

Lim said the proposal was ‘dangerous’ and opened other positions to the same requirement as well.

“Besides appearing to create hatred and discrimination against the non-Malay and non-Muslim, it is also against the Federal Constitution's 'Equality for all'.

“Why introduced something which was never an issue. Tell me, which non-Malay or non-Muslim wants to become the prime minister,” he said.

Lim said even Umno has not made such a proposal before but Pas had asked for it.

“By doing that, if you think you can get the support of non-Muslims, we will see.

“In that case, they must make more extreme suggestions to get more support from the Malays,” he said.

Lim said another indication Pas was “sesat" was the fact that they believed Barisan Nasional is better than Pakatan Harapan.

“They are saying BN is better than PH, and that is another indication Pas 'sesat'.

“How can you say BN is better than Pakatan when you are against the GST (Goods and Services Tax)? How are you going to abolish the GST when you are supporting BN? It is contradictory,” he added.