Who needs an Islamic state?

Posted on September 25, 2011


I posted this here on 23rd April, 2008. I am reproducing that post here as a timely reminder to PAS and ourselves.


Well, PAS thinks we do.

And if PAS had its way, we’d be an ‘Islamic State’ today.

Whatever ‘Islamic State’ means.

Hope PAS knows because I haven’t a clue although, looking around at the goings-on in some nation states that would have us believe they are ‘Islamic States’ sends a chill right down the spine!

And its fair to assume that at some point, PAS will want to share with the rest of us their grand plan for this ‘Islamic State’, going by what YB Dr Zulkifly Ahmad said at a talk bearing the same title as this post last Sunday in KL and as reported in the Star.

I quote Dr Zul :

‘We are not pulling it (setting up of an Islamic state) back. It is still an issue that matters to us but we are allowing more time for the electorate to understand us better. The more important agenda now is reinstating democracy and good governance’

PAS is allowing more time for the electorate, you and I, to understand them better before they…

So they dropped ‘Islamic State’ from their 2008 election manifesto.

And they endorsed our People’s Declaration.

And they are now part of Pakatan Rakyat.

So what?

Not for one moment in the run up to the last elections and thereafter have I deluded myself that PAS has abandoned its aspiration to establish an ‘Islamic State’.

Dr Zul’s statement as quoted above, as such, came as no surprise to me.

Another statement, though, left me wondering if the good doctor is himself deluded about how and why PAS did so well with the non-Muslim voters this time round. Will return to this shortly.

In truth, PAS’s stance of not pushing their ‘Islamic State’ agenda to the fore at this time and the stance of many of us who, whilst wary of their ‘Islamic State’, gave PAS our vote, are both instances of pragmatic politics.

Calculated, pragmatic politics.

Just as DAP, PAS and PKR forging Pakatan Rakyat is pragmatic politics.

If PAS cannot expect those of us who aspire to retain the secular state established under the Federal Constitution  to give up just because we gave them our vote this time round, can anyone fairly expect PAS to abandon its ‘Islamic State’ agenda just because they are now part of the Pakatan?

Well, YB Karpal Singh does!

Malaysiakini reports that, responding to Dr Zul, Karpal said :

‘It is incongruous for PAS to insist on having on its agenda (the) Islamic state and at the same time work with the other two parties in the Pakatan Rakyat…PAS should give an assurance that its leaders, including Kelantan Mentri Besar Nik Aziz Nik Mat and PAS president (Abdul) Hadi Awang will not publicly clamour in turning Malaysia into an Islamic state’

Why is it incongruous?

Why might it not be possible for the 3 parties, with whatever ideological differences that prevail between them, to nonetheless work together on, to quote Dr Zul, ’reinstating democracy and good governance’.

Why should PAS leaders not publicly clamour about their ‘Islamic State’ agenda?

I want them to clamour. I want them to come clean about what their ‘Islamic State’ agenda entails. And I want them to answer all our questions about their ‘Islamic State’.

All questions, from Muslims and non-Muslims.

And not dodge or duck the questions, as did Dr Zul on Sunday, when I asked whether in PAS’s ‘Islamic State’, would I be permitted to articulate my views on Islam notwithstanding they differ with PAS’s, or would I be silenced?

Yes, Dr Zul, I look forward to PAS’s attempts to get us to understand your party.

Dr Zul’s other statement on sunday in fact makes it plain that PAS desperately needs to understand why the vote swung their way on 8th March.

He went on quite a bit about how the election results reflected that many non-Muslims were now less uncomfortable and were feeling more at ease with PAS, given that they were more savvy in their approach to the 12th GE, leaving out the ‘Islamic State’ agenda and all.

Dr Zul, let me make this as plain as I can.

In the 12th GE, PAS were the benefactors of calculated, pragmatic politics on the part of a great many voters, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

These voters gave you the mandate, not because they found your ideology and your shelved but unabandoned ‘Islamic State’ agenda appealing, but because they were determined to be rid of BN and its race-based, divide and rule politics, at a cost well calculated.

We knew you would not form the federal government on your own. We knew that if we succeeded in removing the BN regime, we would not be entrenching your ‘Islamic State’.

We are a long way from being comfortable and at ease with the politics of PAS.

Ignore these truths at your own peril.

Who needs an ‘Islamic State’?

Well from all that I’ve seen, both home and away, not me, thank you, no!

I’d rather keep my private space to find my own state of Islam.