SEREMBAN, June 13 (Bernama) -- Jerlun MP Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir regards PAS' move to allow its non-Muslim supporters to contest and use its symbol in the next general election as an "interesting" development as the party has never done this before.
Mukhriz said it was interesting also because its partners, DAP and PKR, in the opposition pact would also be fielding non-Muslim candidates, especially DAP.
"The Perak DAP had established a branch comprising Malay Muslims. Now with PAS' new move, I'm waiting to see DAP's response to this," he told reporters after simultaneously opening the Umno Pantai and Pantai Setia annual general meetings at Sekolah Kebangsaan Pantai, near here, Sunday.
Mukhriz, who is also Kedah Umno treasurer, was earlier asked to comment on the decision reached at the meeting of the PAS Consultative Council, its highest decision-making body, at the recent party general assembly.
He said compared to Barisan Nasional which had collectively for decades been using the "scale" symbol, PAS, DAP and PKR had in past general elections and by-elections been using their respective symbols as they had not been registered as Pakatan Rakyat.
"So, PAS' plan to allow its non-Muslim supporters to contest and use its symbol in the next general election is just a 'sandiwara' as it does not really reflect its openness.
"I don't believe PAS, as an Islamist party, is really serious about opening its membership to non-Muslims, but is only trying to please its non-Muslim supporters with its latest move," said Mukhriz, who is also Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister.
On another matter, Mukhriz said pressure on Israel following its attack on the "Freedom Flotilla" must not only continue but intensified, while welcoming Malaysia's move to get like-minded countries to urge the United Nations to convene a special meeting in September on taking action against the Zionist regime for its brutality.
"As non-governmental organisations, we are now trying to get back the Gaza-bound humanitarian aid on board our ships which were seized by Israel," said the Perdana Global Peace Organisation advisor.
"I am worried that the Israelis might do something to the seized humanitarian supplies like food and medicines. If the goods are spoiled or contaminated, they would endanger the health of the Gazans."
On the objection of some quarters to the allowing of Israel's ships to berth at Malaysian ports, he understood the Malaysian government was looking into the matter.
tunku : pas fielding non muslims, pkr fielding non muslims and dap of course would field non muslims...later we will see 2/3 of our mps are non muslims.syabas pas, keep it up.now it is time for pas to allow non muslim to stand in the party election if they are really sincere.