KUALA LUMPUR – Dec 15, 2015: A senior Pas leader has insisted that the party was not concerned over what he described as “baseless and malicious claims” that the party has been influenced by a radical Islamic ideology.
Pas Dewan Ulamak chief Datuk Mahfodz Mohammad rebutted such allegations as he deemed that it was merely a desperate attempt by the party’s former deputy president Mohamad Sabu, to save his ebbing political career.
Mohamad also known as Mat Sabu, reportedly said that there has been a trend of ‘IS-style’ thinking infiltrating the Islamist party in the last four to five years.
Mohamad was referring to the extreme ideology of the terrorist Islamic State (IS) group.
In fact, he even stressed that it was also one of the reasons why he, along with a group of the so-called “progressive” faction in Pas left the party to form the Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).
On Sunday, Mat Sabu had said that he will not retract his allegation and was still adamant in insisting that his former party was influenced by IS ideology.
Responding to Mat Sabu’s claims, Mahfodz hinted that any sane-minded Malaysian will not be easily swayed by the obvious political ploy.
“When he (Mat Sabu) lost at the party’s poll in this year’s muktamar (annual assembly) he promised party members that he will remain loyal to the party.
“He even said that his struggle will always “berpaksikan” (be in-line) with Pas’ cause…and few months later look what happened,” Mahfodz quipped.
Mahfodz also told The Mole that if Mat Sabu had really cared about the well-being of the party then he should have raised his concern when he was still a card-carrying member of Pas.
“If Pas had been influenced by IS for the last five years, then why is he saying all of these when he is no longer in the party?
“If Pas is truly being influenced by IS then how come none of those IS-inspired locals that were arrested by the police were our members?” Mahfodz reasoned.
Pas Youth chief Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Aziz had previously challenged Mat Sabu to back his accusations.
The son of the late Pas spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, said that Mat Sabu was merely recycling the same stale issues because he was unable to find anything new to hit out at his former party.