PAS crossed the line in warning over Uighur-like fate, says SIS

SIS says PAS should stop its agenda of instilling fear and inciting racial and religious hate among Malaysians.

PETALING JAYA: Non-governmental organisation Sisters in Islam has accused PAS of crossing the line in asserting that a fate akin to the Uighur Muslim minority in China awaits Malay Muslims if non-Muslims are left to run the country.

“There is absolutely no basis for such an assertion which in fact goes against Islamic teachings of peaceful and harmonious coexistence with other cultures and religions,” SIS said when commenting on an article in a news portal titled “PAS warns of Uighur-like fate if infidels run Malaysia”.

The article quoted PAS central committee member Mokhtar Senik as saying in a Facebook post that Muslims in China are prohibited from fasting and practising their religion.

“Hope my fellow Muslims in Malaysia will take heed.

“That is the fate this country may face if political power is given to the kafir (infidels), no matter what kind of infidel they are,” he said.

SIS said PAS’ paranoia and delusion stem from political insecurity and seek to cause racial tension and distrust among Malaysians who wish to live in a diverse, inclusive and progressive country.

“This is evident by their bias and distorted interpretations of ICERD, the Rome Statute and allegations that the unfortunate demise of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim is a sign of the erosion of Malay rights in the country,” it said in a statement today.

“PAS’ unfounded insistence that the Federal Constitution is under threat and that non-Muslims are out to destroy Islam in Malaysia is further proof of their deliberate attempts to use religion for their own political purposes.

“Pitting Malaysians against each other is not only detrimental to the rich racial and cultural heritage of our country, but also impedes economic progress which should be the priority of all politicians given the financial circumstance we find ourselves inheriting from the previous administration.”

SIS urged PAS to stop the agenda of deliberately instilling fear and inciting racial and religious hate among Malaysians.

“Islam is a religion of peace and compassion that respects all cultures, and does not allow suspicion and discrimination simply on the basis of race,” it said.