By Chew Lip Song
THE appointment of a PAS representative into the Sabah state assembly is the result of voting Perikatan Nasional (PN) and those supportive of the electoral bloc into power, a Sarawak DAP leader said.
DAP Serian chairman Brolin Nicholsion said PN’s victory in the recent Sabah election has opened the door for PAS to influence the state’s legislative assembly and policies.
“PAS’ ideology is indeed irrelevant for a state that is multiracial and multireligious. Sabah and Sarawak is a state where the religious extremist must be rejected,” Nicholsion said in a statement.
He cited the recent controversy surrounding a PAS MP questioning the content in the Bible and the latter’s refusal to apologise subsequently.
He also referred to a Sarawak government leader who had openly said that the ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak coalition was more comfortable working with the Islamist party than the DAP.
Nicholsion, who is also special assistant to Sarawak DAP chairman, was alluding to Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing’s statement earlier this year that he was more comfortable working with PAS than the DAP.
At the Sarawak level, GPS is not in an official pact with PAS, but at the Federal level, they are both in the ruling PN coalition supportive of PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“This is the right time for Sarawakians to stand up and protect our state from religious extremists as Sarawak is not belongs to only one religion.
“Other than that, it is the right for Sarawak to choose a clean, just and inclusive government where every anak Sarawak whether it is Chinese or Dayak to be entertained like everyone else,” Nicholsion added.
Yesterday, it was reported that Sabah PAS secretary Dr Aliakbar Gulasan had been nominated to be a member of the state assembly – the first time the party is represented in the legislature in East Malaysia.
Despite sitting out of the Sept 26 Sabah polls, PAS is a member of the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah which recently won the state election.