Hadi: Malays could have dominated govt if they voted for PAS in GE14

Abdul Hadi Awang addresses thousands of PAS delegates as the party’s muktamar comes to an end, in Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, today. (Bernama pic)

KUALA NERUS: PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang today said Malay Muslims could have dominated the government had they voted for PAS in the May 9 general election.

“So the Malays must not get angry because the administration is dominated by non-Muslims now. This happened because the Malays gave their votes to non-Muslims,” he said in his speech to conclude the 64th PAS muktamar, or general assembly, here.

He said PAS was not a splinter of any party and had remained true to its cause from the very beginning.

Speaking to reporters later, Hadi said PAS’ collaboration with Umno was needed to keep a check on “unreasonable” non-Muslim demands as well as on their dominance in government.

“At times it can be vital, like when election results do not reflect the demography or when non-Muslims dominate the government.

“Also when non-Muslims make unreasonable demands or touch on Islamic sensitivities like calling for religious councils to be abolished, abolishing shariah laws or accommodating the LGBT community.

“All these are against Islamic teachings. What I am saying is that the PAS-Umno collaboration now is not something vital but helps,” he said.

Hadi said that if there was a need, a special muktamar would be called to formalise the collaboration.

He said delegates were amenable to cooperation between PAS and Umno, adding that any such alliance would be transparent because it would influence voting in elections.

“Behind our collaboration, we stay true to Islam. We reject any reforms without Islam,” he said.