Hadi: Parties opposing Islam’s growth biggest threat to religious freedom

BY RAM ANAND
PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang arrives at the Kompleks PAS Kedah for the party’s 63rd Muktamar conference April 29, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

ALOR SETAR, April 29 — Political parties opposing the growth of Islam in Malaysia are the country’s "biggest threat" to religious freedom, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said today.

"There are parties that are racing each other to become the main hurdle for Islam's growth among Muslims in the country," Hadi said in his speech at the 63rd PAS annual general assembly, which the party calls a muktamar, here.

"Such actions, if continued, will become the biggest threat to the harmony and religious freedom that is enjoyed in Malaysia, where Islam is the religion of the federation," he added.

In a press conference later, Hadi said some parties have crossed “borders” by interfering to matters relating to Islam.

“We do not cross their borders. They are allowed to struggle for Indians, Chinese, the Buddhists, why can't we struggle for Islam?” he asked.

The Islamist party’s push to increase the existing punishment limits as provided in the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 has been vehemently opposed by the DAP as well as the ruling Barisan Nasional’s component parties other than Umno.

Hadi also said that former ally DAP has shown that it is “unable” to accept Islamic leadership.

“When someone practises chauvinism, that is contrary to our struggle,” he said.