Monday, October 1, 2007

PAS leader sings praises of Chinese Muslims

MALAYSIA'S opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat hopes and prays that one day, a Chinese-Muslim will hold an important post in the party.

He was reported by Malay-language daily Utusan Malaysia yesterday as saying that he likes the attitude of the Chinese who, compared to Malays, are more hardworking and willing to learn when they convert to Islam.

'Malays embrace Islam because their grandfathers and grandmothers are Muslims. They become a Muslim automatically and thus they drift along just like that,' he said.

Meanwhile, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang was reported as saying that the party aims to conquer the northern states of Peninsular Malaysia in the coming general elections.

'We have conquered Terengganu before and it is not a problem to PAS to conquer the state again in the coming general elections,' he said.

PAS predicted yesterday that the next general election will be held before Aug 31, the country's 50th national day, Bernama reported.

Its vice-president, Datuk Husam Musa, pointed out that since civil servants will be paid their new increased salaries in July, the elections may be held some time between mid-August and national day, the report said.

Datuk Husam said he was confident PAS would be able to retain Kelantan. (Malaysia Today)


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