PAS Inviting Non-Muslims To Its Muktamar. After Bar Council Forum Fiasco Will There Be Any Takers?
PAS is inviting a large number of non-Muslim observers to its annual muktamar (gathering) which takes place this Friday to Sunday.***** The manner in which the various Malay-Muslim groups ganged up on the Bar Council's 'Conversion to Islam' forum must have to some extent shaken the sensibilities of most non-Muslims, with the exception of course of Saudara Hu Phang Chiau and his 'PAS Supporters Club.'
Party secretary-general Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar said five bus-loads of non-Muslims have been invited to observe the muktamar, which marks a first for PAS.
Most of the observers are registered members of the PAS Supporters Club, which is headed by ex-journalist Hu Phang Chiau.
Kamaruddin said the move was to impress upon non-Muslims that PAS appreciated their support and to counter the image of the party as an extremist Muslim movement.
According to the party constitution, PAS can only admit Muslims as full members.
The party has also extended invitations to PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, but Kamaruddin admitted they may not be able to attended because the dates clashed with the campaigning period of the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election.
The incident has reaffirmed longstanding doubts about the sincerity of both Umno and PAS when it comes to the constitutional rights of non-Muslims. When push comes to shove PAS and Umno have clearly demonstrated that despite their differences, they are in reality, two sides of the same coin.
Given this sorry situation, which non-Muslim in his right mind would want to attend the muktamar of those who are blind to the religious travails, feelings and apprehensions of others?