PAS: Is it to win the Federal Election OR to Fight for Islam ?
NO HOLDS BARRED: Read here full article by Raja Petra Kamarudin
The 12th General Election will soon be upon us. Take it from me, though, the ‘next’ government will be the same government we have now.
It will still be the same shit, different day maybe, but the same shit nevertheless.
If they do not vote the present government back into office then which party do they choose instead?
The opposition does NOT have a coalition like Barisan Nasional. The opposition is an ‘understanding’ of three fragmented parties (PAS,DAP Keadilan) that have nothing in common save their hatred for the ruling coalition. There are many things standing in the way of opposition unity.
But let us focus on just one, THE MOTHER OF ALL PROBLEMS, the Islamic State issue. All the other issues could be easily solved if this one issue is settled. In fact, many of the other issues could even be self-solving IF THIS ONE ISSUE can be addressed.
Some PAS leaders say that upholding Islam and propagating the setting up of an Islamic State is the prime objective of the party. When pointed out that the Islamic State agenda does not go down well with the voters, even amongst Muslim voters, so this may hinder PAS in the election, they said that they don’t care.
Their objective, they argue, is NOT to win elections but to fight for Islam. Then PAS should declare this to the voters.
PAS should tell the voters that it is NOT INTERESTED IN WINNING ELECTIONS but only to fight for Islam.
Then let the voters decide whether to give them their vote or not. The voters should NOT be cheated.The voters should NOT be lied to.
PAS is an Islamic party and an Islamic party, above all, should be even more concerned about telling the voters the truth. Tell them the truth and let them decide for themselves whether they want to buy what PAS is selling.
If not, then never mind; vote Barisan Nasional then.
But if they choose PAS then they do so with their eyes wide open about what PAS is and what it stands for.
And why do I aim this at PAS and not DAP?
This is because PAS would be the alternative to Umno. So it is important how the voters perceive PAS.
Dr Kalim Siddiqui was an Islamic scholar and Muslim revolutionary who was born in British India in 1933 and died in South Africa in 1996. In 1992, he set up the Muslim Parliament of Britain. He is the author of numerous books on the Islamic Revolution and the Islamic State.
Dr Kalim is a staunch believer and propagator of an Islamic State. He does NOT believe this can be achieved through western-style general elections but only through an Islamic Revolution a la Iran.
Elections, as far as Dr Kalim is concerned, only helps put unsuitable leaders into power, basically because the system can be rigged in favour of certain people. You need an Islamic Revolution to change the system and to replace the un-Islamic leaders with Islamic ones. And ‘Islamic leader’ does not just mean one who professes the Islamic religion but one who leads a proper life of a Muslim.
According to Dr Kalim, the Iran Revolution was the closest thing to the creation of an Islamic State if not for the fact that Iran regarded it as a Shi‘ate Revolution rather than an Islamic Revolution.
If we go by what Dr Kalim believes, then Malaysia is NOT an Islamic State.
Malaysia does NOT have the ingredients for the setting up of an Islamic State. Malaysia practices a western-style election system which is NOT compatible to Islam.
To succeed in setting up an Islamic State, we need to abolish the general elections and instead embark on an Islamic Revolution.
But this is not what PAS is doing. PAS is not propagating a revolution, Islamic or otherwise. PAS actively participates in the general elections and is trying to meet its goals through winning enough seats in the general election.
But Dr Kalim said that not only is this not Islamic, but it cannot be done.
- So what does PAS have to say about this?
PAS leaders seem at a loss in offering examples of viable Islamic States, either in existence or in the past. When asked to define what a ‘proper’ Islamic State should look like, the impression we get is that the Islamic State is merely an ideal, a theoretical system that has yet to emerge in the true sense of the word.
One always goes away with the feeling that PAS is equally confused as to what constitutes an Islamic State.
PAS too should be allowed to tell us what their plans are and how they plan to achieve them.
- If we like what we hear, then PAS might get our support in the coming general election.
- But at least we will know for sure what we are getting ourselves into by supporting PAS.
- And if we support PAS it will only be because we agree with them and are doing so with both eyes wide open and not because we were sold a cow when we thought we were buying a horse.
Over to you PAS!
You want our support, then tell us what it is we are supporting.
And the truth please! Malaysia Today would be very willing to organise a dialogue session with PAS for the benefit of any of our readers who are concerned enough about this country’s future and would like to hear what PAS’ plans are and how this would dovetail with our own idea of what ‘future’ is supposed to look like.
Can PAS respond to this?
And I am even generous enough to allow PAS to pay for the whole event (and don’t forget the Satay).
-Raja Petra Kamarudin