KUCHING: PAS will not make any headway in the state because the people here including the Muslim community do not accept its Islamic-based political ideology.
Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman pointed this out to Muslims and non-Muslims thinking of voting for it.
“PAS will raise national issues instead of Islamic matters as the latter will not be accepted in the state. They will raise issues on corruption, nepotism, good governance and so on. The people will be scared to vote for PAS if it brings its core political struggles here.
“The party might highlight how Barisan Nasional (BN) run the country but if they think they can do better, just take a look at Kelantan and Kedah,” Daud told reporters when met at SM Sains Kuching 2013 excellent achievement ceremony here yesterday.
The Tupong assemblyman said in Kedah, Menteri Besar Dato Seri Azizan Abdul Razak quarrelled with his state exco members the moment they took control of the state.
“Look at Kelantan, how much development do they have? They are going backwards yet talk about doing better. How can PAS do better if they cannot even take care of their two states?
“It’s not easy to run a country but the opposition wants people like (Kelantan Menteri Besar) Dato Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat to lead the country,” Daud pointed out. He said the situation is different here where Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has mutual respect and understanding with his cabinet ministers.
State PAS commissioner Adam Ahid has confirmed that in the 13th general election, the party will contest in seven parliamentary seats: Kota Samarahan, Batang Sadong, Tanjung Manis, Mukah, Igan, Sibuti and Julau.
The contest in Julau has raised a few eyebrows as the constituency is an Iban-dominant area. The party is set to field Dr Ambrose Labang Jamba, a former state administrative officer against incumbent MP Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum of BN component Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Meluan assemblyman Wong Judat of Sarawak Workers Party (SWP).
Daud perceived the party’s decision to field a non-Muslim candidate in Julau as part of its strategy to become more appealing to non-Muslims and give the impression they can contest under its banner.
“Logically, PAS should contest in Muslim-dominant constituencies, not DAP or PKR areas such as Bandar Kuching.
“PAS will split Muslims who are already not the majority in the state but it is their right to contest in as many seats and wherever they like.
“It is democracy. I’m sure the people in Julau will reject its advance.”- theborneopost