DAP moving to de-Islamise Malaysia? Rubbish, says analyst

PAS spiritual leader Hashim Jasin addresses delegates from the party’s ulama wing. Hashim has accused DAP of leading efforts to block Islamisation in the country. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: A political analyst has ridiculed PAS for claiming that DAP leaders are behind a Christianising move aimed at taking control of the country’s politics and economy.

Wong Chin Huat.

Wong Chin Huat of Penang Institute said the allegation was as credible as a claim to have a secret technology to turn seawater into petroleum.

“It will take very special people to believe such a conspiracy theory,” he quipped.

Wong was responding to remarks that PAS spiritual leader Hashim Jasin made in Kuala Terengganu in his address to delegates from the party’s ulama wing ahead of the PAS annual general assembly.

Hashim spoke of voices calling for the dismantling of Islamic institutions and the erasure of Islamic influence in governance. He also accused DAP of spearheading efforts to block Islamisation.

Speaking to FMT, Wong sought to portray PAS as hypocritical, saying its promise to respect other religions was not borne out in attitudes displayed by its leaders.

He recalled that PAS was once full of praise for DAP but made an about turn when DAP opposed its intention to introduce hudud.

“Clearly, PAS believes it holds the yardstick to decide who are friends to Islam and Muslims and who are not,” he said.

He said the best way to curb religious fanaticism was through interfaith dialogue and understanding. “I have a lot of good Muslim friends who show me the beauty of Islam. I’ve learned not to judge Islam by the behaviour or claims of some Muslims.”

Wong also commented on MIC’s indication that it was ready to work with PAS, saying the Indian-based party, which has only two parliament seats, was clearly desperate to remain politically relevant.

“It used to attack PAS, but PAS is now in big brother Umno’s court,” he said. “However, one can’t see how MIC’s support of PAS will benefit the Indians. What can PAS give Indians in terms of religious freedom and other things that Pakatan Harapan cannot?”

MIC president S A Vigneswaran recently said he felt comfortable with PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang. “When I met Hadi, he assured me that Islamic laws would not affect other religions,” he said.

Wong also said PAS might become stronger at the expense of Umno by absorbing the latter’s members.

“From 1974 to 1977, Umno eroded PAS’ base in Kelantan through their political cooperation,” he said. “PAS will now be the winner in their new cooperation.

“But I can’t see how PAS would be stronger with MIC support or why Indians would want to help MIC make PAS stronger.”