Malaysia IS an Islamic State
Earlier in the week, PAS was forced to a corner again by a statement by Karpal Singh, the Chairman of DAP, that Malaysia was ‘conceived’ as a SECULAR STATE. Such RE-STATEMENT was made despite PAS’s claims that their Pakatan coalition partners, DAP and PKR, understand and aware of PAS’s ISLAMIC STATE aspirations. Nik Aziz tried to close the lid over the potentially explosive issue by labelling Karpal Singh’s statement as ‘personal opinion’. However, PAS Youth leader, Nasruddin Hassan, was more honest, by hinting that PAS may review their partnership with DAP if such ‘backstabbing’ continues.
The skirmishes between Karpal Singh and PAS leaders attracted the attention of Professor Aziz Bari of UIAM, reputed to be an expert in CONSTITUTIONAL laws, argued AGAINST Karpal’s contentions that Malaysia is a secular state. He also argued that, despite Tunku Abdul Rahman reportedly implying that Malaysia was a secular state, his actions like initiating the QURAN READING competition and setting up Islam Religious Departments point to his true understanding of the Constitution. Its interesting to add that Tunku was also responsible to establish other Islamic LANDMARKS in Malaysia including PERKIM, Tabung Haji, and even the Organisation of Islamic Conference(OIC).
Considering that the Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution has clearly spell out that ISLAM IS THE RELIGION OF THE FEDERATION, besides other related Articles which empower the use of the Federal Funds to to administer and propagate the religion of Islam, empowering the Malay Sultans to be HEAD OF RELIGION OF ISLAM in their respective states, all point to the fact that Malaysia is NOT a secular state as repetedly argued by Karpal Singh.
Despite PAS’s views that Malaysia is NOT ISLAMIC ENOUGH to be called Islamic State, constitutionally, Malaysia is beyond doubt an ISLAMIC STATE.