Dennis Ignatius: Stop PAS now before it is too late
Thursday, November 18, 2021
True Net : PAS leaders both at the federal and state level have neither the expertise nor even the inclination to properly govern.
Recent actions by PAS politicians on the sale of alcohol and the
prohibition of lotteries are a potent reminder that PAS has nothing to
offer Malaysians other than an intolerant, bigoted, narrow-minded
sectarian state led by small-minded men with an even smaller vision for
Malaysia. Make no mistake; it’s not about alcohol or gambling but about a
grand strategy to impose upon the nation a dark and sectarian model
where supercilious religious leaders police public morals, decide what
we can and cannot do, how we dress, how we worship and what we read or
watch. It goes beyond anything seen in other Muslim countries save for
Iran where mullahs rule and basic human rights are trampled underfoot.
When PAS show their true colors.....
Now that it has finally acquired a measure of federal power, PAS is
showing its true colours. Banning alcohol, needlessly inciting religious
discord over the name of a brand of whiskey or banning lotteries are
but low-hanging fruits. More drastic measures will surely follow. The
trouble with playing the religious and racial card is you can’t stop;
you have to keep upping the ante to grab attention, to stay relevant. It
won’t end until they turn Malaysia into a state where bigotry, racism
and discrimination become the new normal. And then they’ll turn on their
fellow Muslims for not being Muslim enough. If they succeed, Malaysia
For this reason, I have always maintained that PAS – especially under
its current leader, Abdul Hadi Awang – is the most dangerous political
party in the country. Its ideology is completely incompatible with the
Federal Constitution, its vision for Malaysia utterly contrary to that
of our founding fathers. It has a long track record of denigrating other
religions, discriminating against ethnic minorities and pushing hate
and intolerance at every turn.
Furthermore, its leaders both at the federal and state level have
neither the expertise nor even the inclination to properly govern. They
don’t even have clean drinking water in Kelantan, a state where PAS has
held sway for a good many years. A PAS government will quickly plunge
Malaysia into the chasm of a failed state.
The Malacca state election is upon us. No Malaysian who truly cares
about our future should ever give their vote to PAS or to any party or
coalition that collaborates with PAS. To vote for PAS is to sanction the
marginalization of ethnic minorities, to approve the destruction of
their way of life, to consign our nation to backwardness, decay and
decline. To collaborate with PAS is to betray everything that Malaysia
Political parties have to decide where they will now stand on the
most critical issue of our time – the existential challenge from PAS. It
is nothing but disingenuity to complain about religious and racial
extremism and then continue to collaborate with PAS, the fountainhead of
both racial intolerance and religious extremism in Malaysia.
The voters of Malacca too have a decision to make. There is little
point in grumbling about the antics of PAS leaders and then giving their
vote to parties that are facilitating PAS’s rise to power.
My hope is that the good people of Malacca will send a decisive
message to PAS that its brand of politics is not welcome in Malaysia.
The same message should be sent to parties like PPBM, GERAKAN, STAR, GPS
and SAPP who appear willing to shake hands with bigots in order to gain
power. Just look at how these parties have bent over backwards to avoid
criticising PAS over the lottery issue – Azmin Ali of PPBM calls for
more discussions on the issue while GERAKAN proposes to send a
delegation to discuss the matter with PAS (after the Malacca state
election, of course). What about condemning these actions first and
calling on PAS to stop all this nonsense?
Vote UMNO (especially now that it has broken away from PAS) if you
don’t like Pakatan Harapan but keep PAS out at all cost. We might well
be able to survive yet more years of corruption and misgovernment under
UMNO, but we will not survive a few more years of PAS in Putrajaya.
Besides, if UMNO-BN does well on its own – as pundits are forecasting –
perhaps UMNO will be encouraged to stand on its own come GE15, and PAS
will be consigned to the lunatic fringes of our politics where it
The battle for Malaysia’s future could well begin in Malacca, the
first statewide election in the peninsula since the infamous Sheraton
Move gave PAS a foothold. Let’s hope that Malacca will be Waterloo for
PAS. I’m ready with my bottle of Timah whiskey to celebrate. I might
even go and place a small bet on the number 2011 (20th November) or some
variation of it.