PETALING JAYA: Indian voters must support PAS candidates as the Islamist party has been fair to non-Muslims, PAS Supporters Club president N Balasubramaniam said.
“PAS leaders are not fanatics as some claim them to be. I have been the club president for 11 years and they have respected my religious rights,” he told FMT in a telephone interview.
Balasubramaniam said 68 Chinese and five Indians had been appointed as liaison officers to serve the minority communities in Kelantan.
“Non-Muslims can rely on PAS as their leaders and their administration, especially in Kelantan, are clean and transparent,” he said.
Balasubramaniam said this in response to criticism levelled through social media at campaign workers of Indian candidates standing on the PAS ticket.
Harsh comments have been hurled at workers for wearing the green PAS T-shirts and holding the party flags.
Balasubramaniam is standing in the Bentong parliamentary seat in a three-cornered battle with MCA president Liow Tiong Lai (BN) and Wong Tack (PH-PKR).
Indians have also been nominated to stand under the PAS ticket in the Batu Kawan and Kampar parliamentary seats and another 12 state seats in the peninsula.
He said Indians should not be misguided by other opposition parties as they were fishing for the votes of the community, which have proven crucial in mixed seats.
On his campaign, Balasubramaniam said the support from Malays in Bentong was very encouraging.
“I am working on the Indians now,” he said, expressing hope of putting up a good show, that included not losing his deposit.
However, he said PAS was finding it difficult to make inroads among the Chinese voters.
PAS central working committee member Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz last year admitted to facing difficulty in winning support from non-Muslims, especially the Chinese, after ending its political cooperation with DAP in the opposition pact.
Bentong has 67,514 voters with Malays making up 46%, Chinese 42%, Indians 9% and others 3%.
In the last election, Liow defeated Wong by a 379-vote majority in a straight fight.