Govt should be dominated by Malays for stability, says PAS leader

PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man says if the majority race does not dominate the government, ‘perceptions will be formed against it’.

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man says the government should be dominated by the Malays to ensure the stability of the nation.

He said if the majority race was not dominating the government, perceptions will form against them, “an occurrence happening against the current government”.

“If you look at the Prophet’s Hadith, the Prophet instructed for the dominant race to lead because it will show stability.

“We have done that for 60 years before this and that practice can still be seen today,” he told reporters at the parliament lobby when asked if there was a pressing need for an Islamist government.

Tuan Ibrahim said this after Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had rejected a proposal by Umno deputy president Mohamad Hassan to strike a political compromise with Umno and PAS, saying he was not interested.

Mahathir said the proposal would not suit Malaysia’s multiracial character, adding that all races have rights in the country.

Mohamad had said that if Mahathir was sincere about fighting for Malay dignity, as he claimed during the Malay Dignity Congress, he should have no problem accommodating Umno and PAS in the present administration.

‘Petrol subsidy programme won’t have significant impact’

Tuan Ibrahim criticised the proposed petrol subsidy programme, saying the initiative failed to offer a concrete solution for the problems faced by those in the lower income group.

He said the low amount subsidised would not have a significant impact on the people, adding that BR1M was a better solution for those in the B40 as it was given directly to the people.

“We see that the proposed subsidy doesn’t reach its real goal. Many are surprised about this and I think it doesn’t solve the problem.”

He also raised questions over the reported cost of RM25 million for the development of the targeted subsidy system.

“Why so much for RON95? Who’s behind this and how many people were involved?” he asked.