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Face to Face with Dzulkefly Ahmad: PAS will stand by its principles

March 14, 2013
by Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
  • View the full imageDzulkefly: When we argue, we argue from the Quran and what it says. We argue from the tradition of the Prophet and what it says. It is not whether we are going to be winning or losing votes.

    Dzulkefly: When we argue, we argue from the Quran and what it says. We argue from the tradition of the Prophet and what it says. It is not whether we are going to be winning or losing votes.

PETALING JAYA (March 13): PAS must remain consistent and not flip flop on issues that may hurt its electoral support among the Malay community, said Kuala Selangor MP and PAS central committee member Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
“When we argue, we argue from the Quran and what it says. We argue from the tradition of the Prophet and what it says. It is not whether we are going to be winning or losing votes… It is making it clear first principally, where does it (the argument) stand,” he said during an interview on fz.com’s Face to Face programme today.
During the 40-minute session, Dzulkefly answered questions and offered his views about PAS’ direction, the party’s image and its relationship within Pakatan Rakyat. He spoke at length on the party’s stand on the use of the word of “Allah” and also admitted that there was still confusion between the concept of Malay-Islam and Islam-Islam.
Dzulkefly stressed that the party has moved on from its aim to establish an Islamic state but now is bringing the agenda of a “benevolent state”.
“If anything, it is an evolution and progression… I am not quite sure what the people mean by an Islamic state but I think if a truly democratic functional state is in place, you have as well in that situation Islam being the Islamic state,” he said.
On Islamic law, he said PAS would not force it unto non-Muslims and emphasised that the party will only implement syariah laws if given mandate through the ballot box.
“We are truly a bona fide Islamist political party and we will not have any of our policies implemented through the back door,” he said.
When asked if PAS will support PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister should Pakatan comes to power despite party conservatives who are not in favour of the former DPM, he didn’t see any reason not to.
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. sputjam permalink
    March 14, 2013 6:49 am

    benevolent state? Is this approved by the syura council? I am all for the right of anyone to use any word in any language. If this freedom is denied to some, then the religious authorities will implement many other barriers on non muslims to deny them their rights in baby steps by baby steps.

  2. Foo permalink
    March 14, 2013 7:11 am

    YB Dzul’
    Please stay focus and THE COMMON PLATFORM MUST be the platform.

  3. Choong Chee Meng permalink
    March 14, 2013 8:26 am

    I’m a Chinese & I somehow fancy Pakatan Rakyat over BN but somehow when it comes to thinking that both PAS & DAP are a team in the coalition, it somehow makes me have doubt over Pakatan Rakyat.

    Way back in the late 90’s, PAS tried working with DAP but the outcome was extremely horrible which lead to heavy defeats for both parties. Till date, things are still the same on both sides. PAS is still trying to enforce its’ Islamic laws, while, DAP are somehow objecting it. I find it disgusting as a Chinese to give my vote to a PAS candidate should the fielded candidates in my area be someone from PAS. Giving PAS a tick will be equivalent to selling off my race, culture, religion & belief.

    If only PAS can give me a better ideology of which is acceptable to the Chinese, then, only will it give me confident to vote for PAS.

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