Wednesday 11 May 2011

PAS says mandatory Muslim PM unconstitutional

UPDATED @ 03:21:51 PM 10-05-2011
May 10, 2011

Mahfuz Omar says that it is unlikely a non-Muslim will lead the government due to the country’s Muslim majority. — file pic
                              KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 — PAS vice president Mahfuz Omar said today that the party would not oppose a non-Muslim prime minister as it is constitutional. Mahfuz, however, said that it is unlikely that a non-Muslim will lead the government as the Muslim community still forms the majority in the country.

“The constitution does not bar a non-Muslim from becoming prime minister. This is not about PAS. PAS cannot stop the constitution but it will not happen because of the current majority we have,” he told reporters during a press conference here.

Mahfuz added that Malay-majority seats will continue to dominate parliament as DAP and MCA will only contest Chinese-majority seats. The Pokok Sena MP also called for Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein to temporarily suspend Utusan Malaysia for inciting racial hatred in a recent article.
“Utusan Malaysia should have not printed the article. It should be the blog that takes reports from Utusan but not Utusan to base its report on a blog.

“Hishammuddin must temporarily suspend Utusan Malaysia to show that they are serious in combating this problem. Utusan Malaysia should be taught a lesson. Utusan Malaysia has crossed the line,” Mahfuz said.
The Malay daily carried a front-page article on Saturday claiming the DAP was conspiring with Christian leaders to take over Putrajaya and abolish Islam as the country’s official religion.

The report, based entirely on unsubstantiated blog postings by several pro-Umno bloggers, charged the DAP with sedition for allegedly trying to change the country’s laws to allow a Christian prime minister, pointing to a grainy photograph showing what they described as a secret pact between the opposition party and pastors at a hotel in Penang on Wednesday.

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