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PAS and Umno are always at loggerhead when they talk about Islam, trying to outdo one another as if they are having different God. For those of us who are non muslim Malaysians would really want to know who we can believe and trust to ensure that we will not be subjected to any Islamic laws. We have no choice, as religion is now being used as a weapon to gain support politically and we are faced with a tough decision which party to vote in constituencies having only PAS or umno to choose from.
The reactions from PAS and umno one day after the burning of Churches and the Mosque protest. Both parties are holding separate functions and I reproduce quotes from their party leaders as reported by The Malaysian Insider.
This is what Umno President Datuk Seri Najib Razak said:
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak claimed today the attack on three churches early yesterday would not affect his 1 Malaysia policy or ideas.
"Do not simply blame Umno when there is any problem, when churches were torched, fingers were pointed at Umno. We have condemned the attack," said Najib at the launch of the party's People's Champion programme.
He also said the party leaders and government are serious in handling the matter and want those responsible to be brought to justice.
"Just because one or two churches were attacked 1 Malaysia is said to be under threat. 1 Malaysia will not be in danger," said Najib
“What is important is the mainstream is on our side, you cannot judge based on the actions of one or two individual,” said Najib when asked on the report yesterday that a priest was manhandled by four men last night. Detail report here.
This is what PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said:
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang did not mince his words today when calling the Klang Valley church firebombings as “uncivilised” and against Islam.
“Why did they burn and attack the churches? Where did they learn this from?” Hadi asked while briefing PAS members on national issues at the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) auditorium here.
“Islam respects the rights of other to practise their own religion, have their own places of worship, including churches.”
He added that this freedom extended even during the times of war between Muslims and non-Muslims.
“Even when Muslims lands were invaded, churches were protected,” he said, noting ironically that Friday’s attacks happened during a time of peace.
He called for a fair investigation to be carried out and for the culprits to be brought to justice according to the law.
Hadi said PAS was ready to dialogue and explain the issue to the people and urged the media to give it fair coverage for that purpose.
He said Malaysia should maintain its culture of tolerance, pointing out that non-Muslim shops exist peacefully in Malay kampungs.
He said the issue of the use of Allah can be solved with dialogue but said certain parties wanted to exploit the issue for political gain.
“PAS is not concern with gaining support or winning elections but about upholding the truth and what is right.” he said, adding that PAS would speak the truth even though it may be bitter.
Hadi hoped non-Muslims who were previously in the dark about PAS would now see the Islam which the party stood for. Detail report here.
Compare the two Presidents speeches and then take the poll at the top of the page.
Poll : Which Party Do You Trust And Are More Sincere When Talking Good About Islam To Non Muslim Malaysians
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