(The Star) - THE younger DAP leaders are more receptive to PAS’ Islamic ideology and the creation of an Islamic state, PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat was reported as saying by Nanyang Siang Pau.
These young leaders were objective in their analysis and study of Islamic issues and hudud laws, he said in commenting on the cooperation between PAS and DAP in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition. He said they were no longer seen as obstinate in rejecting PAS’ ideology, except for one DAP leader whom he did not name.
“A single voice is not sufficient to represent the others. All the party leaders understand that hudud laws are only applied to Muslims,” Nik Aziz said, adding that despite PAS and DAP going their separate ways previously, the formation of Pakatan showed that the party’s ideology had gained recognition and was accepted by members of the coalition.
Sin Chew Daily reported that Dong Zong (the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia) felt it was inappropriate to join the mass protest against the policy of using English to teach Science and Mathematics in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. Its president Dr Yap Sin Tian said this was because Dong Zong did not receive any memorandum or draft from the protesters pertaining to the matter.
“Our stand is clear. We are appealing for the two subjects to be taught using the mother tongue,” he said, adding that it was inappropriate for them to join in the protest when they were unaware of the contents of the memorandum.
Dr Yap said Dong Zong had attended several meetings organised by the group. He added that cooperation between Dong Zong and associations of various races must be built on mutual respect, compromise and understanding.