PAS wants only Muslims for PM

BY RAM ANAND
PAS delegates listening to the speeches during the party's 63rd muktamar at the Kompleks PAS Kedah in Alor Setar April 30, 2017. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

ALOR SETAR, April 30 — PAS today resolved to seek a constitutional amendment that would make it necessary for the prime minister to be a Muslim.

The motion submitted by its Ulama wing reasoned that the country’s leader has a duty to uphold Islam, and was approved unanimously at the party’s muktamar here.

“The Ulama wing proposes that central PAS leadership, through PAS members of parliament, urge the prime minister to amend the Federal Constitution to state that the prime minister can only be among Muslims who fulfil Islamic conditions,” the motion said.

The constitution currently does not state any religious requirement to be the prime minister.

The motion said that there must be a “guarantee” related to Article 153 of the constitution to further protect the special position of Malays.

It also said that the office of the prime minister in Malaysian context must be based on Islamic leadership.