The National Fatwa Committee should comment on the fundamental issue of electoral fraud instead on just focussing on demonstrations arising from the problem, said PAS’ Ulama wing today.
“To demonstrate in order to voice opinions is based on the obligations of ‘amar ma’ruf nahi mungkar’ (to maintain what is right and forbid what is wrong) that Islam requires,” said Ulama chief Tuan Guru Harun Taib in a statement.
He reasoned that since Bersih 3.0 is intended to highlight Bersih demands on electoral fraud, it thus represents part of the said obligation that is required of all Muslims.
“Without provocation from certain parties, the peaceful Bersih 3.0 demonstration would not have turned chaotic,” he added.
He was responding to the National Fatwa Committee’s declaration yesterday that demonstrations that are “unproductive, is against the law or causes disturbance in the country” are haram.