New look Pas heralds new era

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The new look Pas has given many Malaysians reason to hope that a more inclusive brand of politics is possible.

This is a piece I wrote for Asia Times:

Once viewed as a promoter of fundamentalist Islam in politics, the times are changing for Malaysia’s opposition PAS party. For the first time since 1983, party delegates last weekend elected a candidate who is not an ulama, or religious leader, as its deputy president and with him a slew of other progressive politicians into the party’s top leadership positions.

It’s the clearest sign yet that PAS intends to broaden its electoral appeal ahead of what many anticipate will be a hotly contested general election later this year or next. With PAS’s new leadership, many political analysts believe the party’s goals and strategies, including a shift from promoting the creation of an Islamic state to a welfare state, will take on more populist themes in a strategic bid to expand its political base.

Full story in Asia Times

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Salim
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Salim
IF PAS is more ‘centrist’, its because they have not forgotten what it means to be Malay. You may actually say they re-discovered what Malay means. People forget that Islam arrived in this shores nearly over 900 years ago and yet the Malays until Mahathir came along, practised a form of Islam whose appearance does not even look like anything from the Arab states. The Malays were open people, that accepted people and ideas from everywhere, before and after Islam came. What PAS is doing is consistent with who the Malays are, in fact is what Malays are who don’t… Read more »
Fabian
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Fabian
Fish prices soar high because fishermen without diesel subsidy don’t want to go out fishing ! Rakyat didahulukan when fis become scarce ??? Early this year, the Govt awarded contracts worth Rm6bil to build only 6 patrol boats!! Which means that each patrol boat costs Rm1b or approximately USD 300m each. We are talking about patrol boats, not frigates, battleships or even aircraft carrier for that matter. Try googling the cost of patrol boats, the cost varies from as low as USD20m to USD180m. In other words, Malaysian made patrol boats are world’s most expensive!! This where your savings in… Read more »
Gerakan K
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Gerakan K

Don’t know why. I just voting UMNO everytime there is election. Be it state, parliament or by-election.

Francis L
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Francis L

gerkhin, may be everytime you check your bank account you get high & hence hooked up to barang naik mastermind ? It’s like a drug and you need to seek therapist ???

Gerakan K
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Gerakan K

No, I enjoy it. My hope is that UMNO will score 2/3 in next GE.

Afiq
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Afiq

Everyone can hope but the reality will soon disappoint Gerakan K.

Fabian
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Fabian

Inflation is high and a lot of people are feeling the pinch and living from hands to mouth, without any form of luxuries to look forward to.. Just words cannot feed the people. Unfortunately, the government is blind anf deaf to the needs of the people and continued to be unaccountable and not transparent in their way of governance. Simply leave if BN cannot fulfilled the wishes and needs of the people.

Dagen
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Dagen
Umno’s real support base consist of (1) elderly kampung folks, (2) illiterates, (3) ignorant natives, (4) some wavering indians, (5) new bumiputras under projek IC…, and (6) umnoputras. Categories (1), (2) & (3) are shrinking in number and there is nothing umno could do. Category (4) is not dependable for support because of their wavering nature, and their unclear and therefore unpredictable political leaning. Categoy (6) is made up of a minute number of umno members. They are really the inner inner circle of umno – a group of super elite, the fastcar owners with horse riding kids and jet… Read more »
Sean
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Sean

Yes marvellous – if only they would champion the cause of a truly secular Constitution and the replacement of Article 3 with something that prohibits discrimination against a person on grounds of their metaphysical outlook (there is no compulsion in Islam, I often read), I might even support them myself!

SETIA
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SETIA

For too long under Racist Mahathir the Good people of Malaysia have been divided -PAS new leadership offers hope esp to minorities non muslims a new Malaysia where Racism,Injustice and Corruption will not be tolerated in our Society.
Any party that advocate the end of ISA , end of deaths in polis custody , end of racism ,discrimination in public & civil service jobs ,end in Judiciary interference and a stop in Corruption will win the support of the Rakyat.
Hidup Pas !

Robert Teh
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Robert Teh

What say you – Mat Sabu to stand in Bukit Bintang, Wangsa Maju or Kelana Jaya in PRU 13?

He will definitely get my vote!

PAS for All.

Yang
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Yang

Yes just like Gerakan LKY who say Mahathir Islamic state is different, CSai will spin and say PAS welfare state is an Islamic one

Yang
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Yang

I wonder what MCA Chua Sai Lai has to say now.

Noor Asyikin
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Noor Asyikin

We all know very well that Umno is becoming irrelevant because of its cronyism, rampant corruption and failure to uphold justice and meritocracy. Its blantant use of Perkasa and Utusan to advance its racial line has irked many moderate Malaysians.

PAS is gaining acceptance across all races and we have witnessed that people in Kelantan nd Kedah do not suffer at all under PAS rule, as so-claimed by the mainstream media.

Undi PAS. Tak Nak Umno!

Yang
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Yang
… UMNO BN using some of the most deceitful methods such as the sodomy case, enticing MP to leave PR, sex, portraying PAS as extreme and Islamic, sex video, racial and religious politiking, using Perkasa & Utusan to spread true lies & half truth, money politicking etc etc, THEY HAVE FAILED MISERABLY.. PR are now united more than ever moving forward in a clearer and bolder steps with – PAS taking a more moderate stance, DAP prestige at its highest and PKR still steadily holding the fort despite the enormous pressure to crack their party and their leaders. PR are… Read more »
Jen
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Jen
The UMNO/BN Warlords, the cronyism, the race based patronage, the injustices, the marginalisation and the money politics which started 22 years ago has now become cancerous within its own ruling BN Govt. For too long have we tolerated those in power siphoning monies for their own personal gain, all in the name of ‘Bumiputera rights’. Equality and meritocracy are not, as some assume, foreign concepts to these warlords. Rather, they knowingly bleed the country dry at their own people’s expense, the people whose ‘rights’ they are seemingly championing. That’s why PAS will be accepted by non-malays in our country for… Read more »
tan, tanjung bungah
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tan, tanjung bungah
Hi everyone, Yes, PAS’s goal of creating a “benevolent state” (negara kebajikan), not only as preached in Islam, is very universal and inclusive of all races and religions. The mass media terming of a “welfare state”, with intent or otherwise, is clearly not accurate as it invokes a feeling of handouts by the State! UMNO’s welfare state is only enriching the elites and their cronies – obviously UMNO practises its welfare state for the UMNOputras and their cronies, not for the welfare of the poor, including not for the welfare of their ‘poorer’ Malay brethrens! The rise of PAS in… Read more »
wandererAUS
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Japan is know as the land of the rising sun. The rising sun for PAS is hope and able to confront new challenges….this once conservative political party is prepared to make changes to yester year policies and emerge as leader of tomorrow with bold approaches to cater for the needs of a multi- racial Malaysia. A change for a win, win outcome….unlike the racist parties in the BN coalition who are unwilling or unable to make changes because of corruptions and their survival is based on deception. The rakyat deserve better. Time for change, time to remove the racist …… Read more »
Hairudin
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Hairudin
BN Government leaders refuse to accept that many Malaysians are going through very difficult times trying to make ends meet. The cost of living has gone up very much these last few years and, especially since the government had decided to reduce subsidies on essential items. To the BN Leaders a car is a luxury. But, to the ordinary citizen it is necessity. This explains the rationale for BN govt. to impose high duties on cars and at the same time increase the cost of petrol. They need the money for Mega Projects so that they and their proxies and… Read more »
Gerakan K
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Gerakan K

Apa new look ???

Isi dalam Pas dari dulu hingga sekarang tak pernah berubah. Mereka hanya ada satu agenda, iaitu Islamic State agenda.

Jangan promosi Pas jika tak faham apa dia Islamic State agenda.

Randy Savage
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Randy Savage

Gerakan K’s has poor grasp of current state of affairs in Msia.

Kebajikan untuk semua rakyat yang pertolongan dan bukan untuk mereka yang tertentu sahaja !