OCT 26 — Let me clear the air first — I’d think Nik Aziz and me would probably agree on most things, even if our reasons would vary considerably. However I do not support his inclinations to force a situation in PAS, as far as it downplays the democratic principles the party — for that fact any party, group or association — must adhere to.
I do believe religious parties are in themselves a contradiction to democratic principles, but if PAS wants — as the signs show — to flirt with being a Islamic based party contrary to an Islamic party, then it has to reduce arbitrariness in decision making.
There is a reason why his men fell in the last PAS election, and why the Malay-driven wing of the party has the base it has. It is not just the leaders, they have substantial following. Continue reading “Nik Aziz, PAS and a purge perhaps”
There is a rights disconnect in Malaysia.
Much of the debate is mismatched – and the debate as usual is Islam.
On one corner there is the Islam first group. It is important to note that they are not all the Muslims in the country, just the percentage of Muslims who feel all things must generate and begin with the Islam question.
For example, for them to know God (let’s suspend our logical contentions for now) comes before knowing anything. Continue reading “Rights debates are indivisible”
“All that I know most surely about morality and obligations, I owe to football” – Albert Camus
So in a convoluted way, I’d like to look at naming a Pakatan first eleven, if I had to name a team for the present Pakatan political players.
I’ll be using a strict 4-4-2 formation. The prevailing formations are different, but for the purposes of a team that has never won the championship (Malaysian Parliament) we might want to err on the side of caution. Continue reading “Pakatan’s XI”
PAS has three chief ministers and 23 parliamentary seats, one of those seats being in Kuala Lumpur. We are not counting the state seats yet, but my God! (mind the pun) the party has arrived.
Or has it? Those seats and positions were won with the votes of people who would not have voted for them in normal times. Those votes came with conditions. Continue reading “PAS less Islamic?”