Wednesday, 29 June 2005

Interpret PAS New Face - Talk organised by Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall


Dipetik dari Malaysiakini ............

While the young Turks in PAS may have gained the upper hand during the recent polls, the party will remain close to its core values. Therefore, any expectation of an immediate "liberalised" PAS is unrealistic, according to political observers.

Three panelists came to this conclusion at a talk organised by the Youth section of the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall last night. Themed ‘Interpret PAS’ New Face’, it was moderated by social commentator Chong Teck Peng.

About 50 people, mainly university students, attended the talk which was organised to analyse the prospects for PAS after its recent polls.

They were political analyst Liew Chin Tong who has an interest in PAS; Parti Keadilan Rakyat information bureau chief Tian Chua; and Hu Pang Chaw, a member of the international investment and special relationships committee of the PAS-led Kelantan government.

Liew said Nasharuddin Mat Isa was rumoured to have won the deputy president’s post by only 11 votes, indicating a serious rift between the ulama and professionals in the party.

Although PAS has said it will implement a two-tier strategy for its Islamic state policy - targeting Malay-dominated states - this will not see core values being dropped, he said.

"We cannot expect PAS to change immediately. The best it can do is to converge to a parliamentarian party which believes in constitutionalism, like the conservative Christian Democrats (in Germany)," he said.

Chua meanwhile argued that non-Muslims should welcome the changes in PAS instead of viewing this transition in leadership as merely cosmetic in nature.

"Otherwise PAS might return to its old ways and continue to be a sidelined as a conservative opposition party,” he noted.

Rise and fall of PAS

Tracing the party’s history, Liew pointed out that PAS was a left-leaning, pan-Islamist opposition party in the 1950s and 1960s that could only survive in rural states like Kelantan and Terengganu.

The sacking of then deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim in 1998 saw PAS membership shoot up from 400,000 to 800,000. At the same time, the change in profile of the party membership began to influence the alteration of PAS’ position.

After its commendable showing in the 1999 general election, PAS suddenly become the largest opposition party and a threat to Umno.

Since then, however, other voices have emerged within the party to suggest that PAS should adopt a more general agenda in order to soften its Islamist image, and thereby attract more young voters and non-Muslims.

Liew said the contradiction between old leadership and young Turks is best demonstrated in the two internal documents drawn up in 2003 on the party’s concept of the Islamic state.

The first, entitled ‘PAS Memorandum to Malaysians’, was prepared by a committee comprising the late party president Fadzil Noor, Nasharuddin, Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi, Kamaruddin Jaafar, Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli and Dr Zuklifli Ahmad.

The second was drafted by deputy mursyidul am and information chief Haron Din and was entitled ‘The Islamic State Document’.

The first document, which was not made public, did not refer to the term ‘Islamic state’, but stressed a modern Islamic way of ruling a multi-ethnic country.

The second, which was presented to the public as the party’s official document, clearly stated that the Islamic state would implement Islamic law and systems.

Changes will take time

Chua said he sees the changes in the PAS leadership as a move to regain influence under current limitations and as an attempt to open up new possibilities.

He agreed with Nasharuddin’s recent remarks that the election was a contest between generations, not between the ulama or non-ulama factions in the party. The majority of the young leaders belong to the post-Mahathir (Mohamad) generation whose positions were reinforced during the Anwar episode.

Chua said PAS’ concept of the Islamic state was inspired by the Iranian Revolution in the 1980s, when it aspired to become a mass Islamic movement.

The use of conservative ideology was also a way of sustaining its influence in rural areas when Mahathir came to power in 1982 and improved the economic status of Malays as well as strengthened Umno’s domination.

Since the 1999 general election, PAS has been torn between its conservative and liberal wings as it tried to formulate a concerted strategy to improve its electoral standing.

After being thumped in 2004, however, the young Turks have won the opportunity to rejuvenate PAS - again targeted at regaining its political standing.

Hu said the new leadership will not be able to change PAS overnight because it will be guided by the party constitution which focuses on Islamic values. However, he claimed that PAS policies in Kelantan have never discriminated against non-Muslims in the state.

Seven of the 11 appointed exco members have a professional background, which enables the state government to focus on Kelantan’s economic development. A Singaporean economist has been appointed as advisor, to attract more investments from China.

Hu pointed out that the largest Buddhist monument in the country is located in Kelantan, while the state governnment has donated 1,100 ha of land to a private Chinese secondary school.

"PAS also wants to launch a Mandarin version of Harakahdaily. Umno has done nothing like this...PAS is more democratic and open-minded than Umno,” he said.
Hu added that public perceptions of PAS have been affected by unfair treatment of the party by the mainstream media, calling for credit to be given to the party for trying to be more receptive to change.


PROGRAM TERDEKAT DEWAN PEMUDA PAS BUKIT KATIL DAN DPP NEGERI


29hb. Jun 2005 - Pengedaran Risalah di Pasar Malam Durian
Tunggal jam 6.30 petang
- Ceramah YB Salahuddin Ayub jam 9.00 mlm
Markaz PAS Durian Tunggal(Depan Sek. Rendah
Durian Tunggal)

1hb. Julai 2005 - Perjumpaan Muhibbah Lembaga Pengarah PASTI Negeri
dengan PAS Kawasan, Dewan Pemuda dan Muslimat serta semua wakil-wakil cawangan.

15hb.Julai 2005 - Penerbitan Bulletin 'Suara Bukit Katil 1' akan
diedarkan ke seluruh kawasan Bukit Katil

Harap Maklum.


DEWAN PEMUDA PAS BUKIT KATIL AKAN ANJURKAN DUA PROGRAM BESAR


DPP Kawasan akan menganjurkan dua program besar dalam bulan Julai dan Ogos ini. Program tersebut ialah kejohanan Badminton Terbuka dan 'Summer Camp'.

Menurut kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh Ketua DPP Kawasan Hj Salamat Aman objektif kedua-dua program itu ialah untuk mendekatkan PAS dengan masyarakat. Di samping itu program 'SUMMER CAMP' antara lain bertujuan untuk mendidik pelajar-pelajar tentang kesedaran menjadi pelajar muslim yang cemerlang dalam segenap segi serta juga untuk menerapkan kefahaman Islam sebenar kepada pelajar.

Sementara itu Pengarah Program Kejohanan Badminton Terbuka ini, Sdr. Zaidy Ahmad menyatakan bahawa kejohanan ini adalah terbuka kepada semua pemain yang berumur 16 tahun ke atas. Hadiah-hadiah menarik yang disediakan berupa wang tunai dan piala.

Adalah diharapkan kedua-dua program ini akan mendapat sambutan yang menggalakkan dari penduduk-penduduk setempat


PEMIMPIN UMNO MEMANG MUKA TAK MALU


Naib Presiden UMNO, Tan Sri Mohd. Isa Abdul Samad yang digantung jawatan dan keahlian selama enam tahun, pagi semalam buat pertama kalinya sejak hukuman dijatuhkan keatasnya beliau menemui Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi di pejabatnya di sini.

Dalam pertemuan itu, Abdullah menyatakan kepadanya kemukakan segera rayuan kepada Panel Rayuan UMNO.

Antara hasil perjumpaan empat mata itu lagi ialah Mohd. Isa akur dengan saranan Abdullah yang beliau perlu berundur daripada jawatan parti.

Bagaimanapun, Mohd. Isa tidak bertanya kepada Abdullah mengenai kedudukannya sebagai Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan. Manakala Abdullah sendiri tidak mengarahkan beliau meletakkan jawatan sebagai Menteri Kabinet dan Ahli Parlimen.

Inilah Islam Hadhari UMNO yang sebenarnya tidak tahu MALU. Walaupun ditelah dituduh dengan bukti yang kukuh dan semua orang tahu namun tetap tidak berganjak dari jawatan dalam kerajaan. Pemimpin nombor satu negara pun mengajar anak buahnya supaya tidak meletakkan jawatan dalam kerajaan serta merta.

Begitu juga dengan jawatan sebagai wakil rakyat. Ambil saja contoh Dato' Amid Nordin yang dijatuhkan hukuman gantung kerana rasuah tetapi tetap menjadi ADUN Telok Mas di Melaka. Beliau hanya meletakkan jawatan exco sahaja.

Pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO ini memang tiada maruah langsung. Apakah bezanya menjadi menteri dan wakil rakyat. Kedua-dua jawatan memerlukan orang yang bersih dari segala kesalahan dan skandal. Ini tidak selagi tidak mati selagi itu lah mereka tidak berundur.

Ini amat berbeza dengan orang-orang barat yang sentiasa peka kepada tanggungjawab dan imej.

Islam Hadhari UMNO juga sebenarnya takut untuk mengambil tindakan kepada ahli-ahlinya ini. Mereka yang bersalah hanya dihukum oleh 'Mahkamah UMNO' bukannya mahkamah dan undang-undang negara. UMNO sebenarnya takut untuk menghadapi realiti kerana mereka tahu tanggapan rakyat akan berlainan sekiranya pesalah-pesalah rasuah ini dihukum oleh mahkamah sebenar.

Di negara kita juga rakyat masih kurang peka kepada pentingnya seseorang wakil rakyat yang bersih dari sebarang skandal dan salah laku. Itulah sebab setiap kali pilihanraya semua calon-calon UMNO yang pernah dikaitkan dengan skandal boleh menang dengan selesa. Antaranya seorang bekas menteri yang pernah dikaitkan dengan skandal PPRT tetapi sekarang kembali 'menunjukkan taringnya' di Kelantan.

Dalam beberapa hari yang mendatang ini kita mahu melihat apakah tindakan yang akan diambil oleh Abdullah terhadap kedudukan Isa sebagai Menteri dan Ahli PArlimen. Adalah dijangkakan Isa akan tetap menjadi Ahli Parlimen Jempol walaupun muka penuh dengan'tahi' tetapi oleh kerana UMNO telah mengajar ahlinya supaya tidak tahu MALU maka kita mengjangkakan beliau tetap tidak akan berundur.

Mengikut laporan semalam Ahli Parlimen Jempol itu mempunyai masa 14 hari untuk mengemukakan rayuan kepada Panel Rayuan UMNO selepas pengumuman rasmi mengenai penggantungannya diumumkan Pengerusi Lembaga Disiplin, Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail, petang semalam. Tempoh 14 hari itu akan berakhir 10 Julai ini.

Laporan semalam menyebut bahawa Mohd. Isa memahami kenyataan yang dibuatnya semalam yang menyarankan supaya beliau mengundurkan diri daripada semua jawatan yang dipegangnya dalam parti.( Jawatan dalam PARTI sahaja, dalam KERAJAAN dan AHLI PARLIMEN macamana????)

Khamis ini Majlis Tertinggi (MT) akan bermesyuarat dan antara agendanya ialah mengenai isu Mohd. Isa dan keputusan drastik lembaga disiplin parti itu.

INILAH ISLAM HADHARI UMNO, YANG MENGAJAR AHLINYA TIDAK TAHU MALU DAN TIDAK MAHU BERTANGGUNGJAWAB ATAS APA JUGA KESALAHAN

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