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Favouring a Muslim as PM doesn’t mean PAS supports Umno

PAS information chief Nasruddin Hassan Tantawi

PAS information chief Nasruddin Hassan Tantawi

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – December 18, 2017: A senior PAS official has stated that the party’s unwavering stance in favouring a Muslim as prime minister should not be misconstrued that it is in cahoots with Umno.

Thus it is baseless for DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang to claim that PAS has adopted this position because it is defending and supporting Umno.

“It’s DAP’s desperate cheap shot at PAS. As usual he (Lim) is spinning falsehood to fracture Muslim unity in the country,” said PAS information chief Nasruddin Hassan Tantawi today.

In addition Nasruddin was quick to point out that PAS has not established any political ties with Umno.

Lim two days ago made the claim in two blog posts, following PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang’s interview with New Straits Times,  in which Hadi spoke against having a non-Muslim as prime minister.

According to Nasruddin, it was peculiar that Lim should try to create a spectacle over Hadi’s remark.

“A Muslim-led government and a Muslim prime minister have always been our core agenda since day one.

“There’s no flip-flop. PAS has been consistent in championing the agenda of having a Muslim-led government without depriving the constitutional rights of non-Muslims.”

In the interview, Hadi cited the alleged shortcomings of the DAP-led Penang government as the main reason why Malaysians should reject any DAP leader who wanted to be the country’s prime minister.

“DAP is incapable of forming a clean government and there have been many stories about its weaknesses.

“Our priority is to ensure that a Muslim leads this country,” said Hadi over reports that Lim could end up becoming PM if the opposition wins the next general elections.

 

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