KUALA TERENGGANU: The top PAS leader today warned members of attempts to de-Islamise Malaysia, saying the aftermath of Pakatan Harapan’s victory in the general election last May has seen calls to lessen the role of Islam in the public sphere.
Addressing delegates of the PAS Ulama wing ahead of the party’s muktamar or annual assembly in Kuala Terengganu, Hashim Jasin said there were now “deviant voices” calling to banish Islam from governance as well as the dismantling of Islamic institutions.
Hashim accused DAP leaders of being behind a “Christianisation” movement to take control of the country’s politics and economy, adding that the party was now spearheading efforts to block Islamisation.
He also blamed those subscribing to the “liberal” and “secular” agenda in the name of democracy and human rights.
“They have resorted to questioning all Islamic law being practised in the country.
“These are the people who have called for religious education institutions to be abolished, and they want secularism to remain and do not want any religious elements in governance,” he said.
Hashim said since the May general election, anti-Islam movements have grown through legal channels.
He gave as examples the “growing” Shia teachings as well as groups such as Sisters in Islam and G25 becoming more vocal.
“The present (ruling) coalition, including those who represent Malay Muslims, have failed to play their role in defending the dignity of Islam, and are unable to bring it to its rightful place,” he added.
‘Umno members not our enemies’
Hashim also urged PAS members to exploit a weakened Umno today by reaching out to their members and supporters and “bring them back to Islam”.
“Yes, we know the terrible things Umno has done in the past 60 years as the government, but with an open heart, we must work towards correcting Umno members’ Islamic understanding by getting close to them,” he said.
“We cannot be harsh with our political foes who are also Muslims, just because of their record of ignorance, secular influence in their thinking and also records of their corrupt practices.”
Hashim welcomed the close cooperation shown by Umno and PAS in the Sungai Kandis and Seri Setia by-elections, where each party made way for the other to ensure opposition unity.
He said the current political reality demands Malays to unite under the Malay-Islamic agenda.
Hashim said a weaker Umno would allow the party to realise its past wrongs.
“Umno has to be weakened, but for what? So that we can rule? No. It is so that they will realise what they have done wrong.
“They are now weak and have come to see us, so let us use this situation well to bring them back to the right path of Islam, not for political purposes,” he said.
He said history showed that both parties could still unite despite the tension between them.
He said following the 1969 racial riots, PAS had agreed to join the then Umno-led Alliance in the interest of Malay-Muslim unity.
“The scholars then debated for a very long time on the law governing the PAS-Alliance cooperation, and finally decided to make it happen, with very strict conditions,” he said.
He said the cooperation still happened despite PAS leaders being detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
“It was a political consideration to be made, to ensure the survival of Islamic politics in the country,” he said.