JOHOR BAHRU – The President of Pas, Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang is asked to refer to the Chairman of Perikatan Nasional (PN), Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin before issuing statements on the understanding of Islamic politics among the people in Johor.
The Johor UMNO Veteran Chairman, Datuk Othman Jais said, Muhyiddin, who is also the President of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) was the Menteri Besar of Johor for two terms and he understood how Islamic teachings were being practiced in the state.
“If Tan Sri Muhyiddin forgot about it, he could refer to the ex-religious exco, Tosrin Jarvanthi on what the government did.
“From the angle of education and culture, we dare to say that the people in Johor can write Jawi better than the people from other places.
“We cannot accept that he said the people of Johor does not practice the ways of Islam. We can prove that we have built many mosques, suraus and religious schools,” he said in a news conference today.
Earlier, Abdul Hadi alleged that the Islamic politic awareness in Johor had caused the party to fail in winning the hearts of the people in the state.
The President of PAS was quoted saying that the Islamic politic awareness in Johor is less than Kelantan and Terengganu, the strong fort of PAS.
Meanwhile, Othman urged Abdul Hadi to apologise to the Muslims following his wild allegation.
“We, as Muslims, must apologise after we made a mistake. If we don’t apologise, it shows that we are arrogant.
“It is not appropriate for the Muslims to forgive each other. We should not sacrifice our culture as the Muslims merely due to political differences,” he said.
According to him, is the leadership of PAS had shown good examples, the people would follow the party. However, he said, PAS did not give a good example for the people in Johor to follow.
Therefore, he reminded Abdul Hadi not to mix politics with religion.
“PAS uses Islam. As a politician, we should not use Islam. The Muslims should show the right teaching of Islam and not merely playing with politics,” Othman said.
Abdul Hadi said earlier that although PAS opened its Johor branch earlier than the other states, it failed to achieve its objectives.
“There are many Malays in Johor. It was the wish of Dr Burhanuddin al-Helmy (former Chairman of PAS) to win big in Johor (GE 1959).
“However, the prediction of our then leaders did not happen. Although there are many religious schools in Johor, they learn fardu ain, pray, fast, pay zakat and hajj. The problem was the lack of Islamic politic awareness in Johor. It was different from Kelantan and Terengganu as many of the religious teachers there were involved in the Hizbul Muslimin movement to fight the British invaders,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette