Harun: If Pas Terengganu receives support from the non-Muslim community, it may field a non-Muslim candidate.
KUALA LUMPUR: Pas Terengganu may field non-Muslim candidates from its Supporters Congress to contest under the party’s banner in seats with substantial non-Muslim voters.
Pas Dewan Ulama chief Datuk Harun Taib told The Mole recently: “There are quite a number of non-Muslim voters in parliamentary seats like Kuala Terengganu, Jertih, Dungun and Kemaman where a candidate from the Supporters Congress can be fielded.’’
(All the seats were won by Umno/Barisan Nasional in the 2008 general election - however, the Kuala Terengganu seat was lost to Pas in a 2009 by-election)
“Pas is also more likely field a candidate from the congress if there is support from non-Muslims in Terengganu towards Pas.’’
Asked why Pas Terengganu was prepared to field a non-Muslim in a Malay majority state, Harun, who was former Pas Terengganu commissioner, said: “We should be fair towards our non-Muslim supporters."
"However, if a non-Muslim is elected, his focus on state development must be in line with Islam.’’
Meanwhile, Pas secretary general Datuk Mustafa Ali commenting on the issue further said the party has not analised or finalised on its plans to field non-Muslim candidates.
“In areas where there are Umno candidates, Pas will only field a Muslim to contest against the Umno candidate.’’
On Pas Terengganu possibly fielding a non-Muslim, Mustafa said:“We will decide on that after we have finalised our Muslim candidates.’’
Prior to this, Mustafa confirmed the party will field non-Muslim candidates from its Supporters Congress in the coming elections.
Later, he said Pas will only field non-Muslim candidates from the party’s congress in Johor, Penang, Selangor, Sabah and Sarawak where there is a huge non-Muslim population.