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State stand on beer fest, PAS challenges PH parties

 | September 13, 2017

The Islamist party says the component parties' silence indicates they are in cahoots with DAP, which PAS claims has defended the organisation of the beer fest.


KUALA LUMPUR: PAS today challenged component parties of the opposition Pakatan Harapan pact to state their stand on the beer fest scheduled to be held in the federal capital next month.

PAS Youth vice-chief Ahmad Fadhli Shaari said their silence would indicate that they were in cahoots with DAP, which he claimed had defended the organisation of the event.

“It will also show that DAP is the real leader of Pakatan Harapan,” he said in a statement published on the PAS Facebook account.

Fadhli said the organisation of the beer fest was seen as an intentional affront to religious sensitivities in the country, particularly when the annual event since 2012 was being dubbed as “The Biggest Celebration of the Craft Beer Revolution in Malaysia”.

“As a country with Islam as the official religion, as enshrined in the Federal Constitution, Malaysia should not disparage the sanctity of the religion with such freedom.

“Although consuming alcoholic drinks is the right of non-Muslims who make up a section of the community, making the event a festival should not be allowed in the country. It does not reflect the reality of the culture of Malaysia, nor the region,” he said.

Fadhli said many countries and communities were beginning to realise the undesirable effects of consuming alcoholic drinks or activities related to it.

In KOTA BHARU, Kelantan PAS secretary Che Abdullah Mat Nawi said DAP clearly did not respect the sensitivities of Muslims when it continued to support the beer fest.

Che Abdullah, who is also Kelantan agriculture, agro-based industry, biotechnology and green technology committee chairman, said organising a festival where alcoholic drinks were consumed was inappropriate because the majority of the people in the country were Muslims.

“When we argue on the basis of a plural society, it means every Malaysian should respect each others’ religions.

“Islam does not prohibit non-Muslims from consuming alcoholic drinks, but if they are to organise a beer fest, they are not being sensitive towards what is prohibited in Islam.

“This is because the constitution has clearly placed Islam as the official religion and the majority of the people in this country are Muslims,” he said when met at his office at the Kota Darul Naim Complex here today.

Yesterday, Selangor DAP vice-chairman Teng Chang Khim was quoted as saying that Malaysia was a democratic country, and all parties were entitled to organise any activity as long as it was not illegal.

Teng was also reported to have said that PAS should understand that Malaysia had a plural society and did not solely comprise people from PAS.

Che Abdullah also slammed Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) leaders for remaining silent on the issue, despite previously claiming that the party also fought for the principles of Islam.


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