Muslims must vote for Muslim candidates, says Hadi

SHAH ALAM: Muslims in Malaysia must vote for Muslim candidates to ensure Islamic rule after the 14th General Election (GE14), PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said today.

Hadi said those who do not fight for Islam wholeheartedly would draw the wrath of God and be replaced with another "kaum" (race) to rule over them.

He added that the country's administration would be taken over by another group of Muslims or by another race that is even more oppressive.

"Therefore, choose Islam first. Our non-Muslim friends, choose Islam. There will be representatives from the non-Muslims, but Islam must lead," he said in his speech at the party's Fastaqim 2.4 gathering held at Section 17 here.

"There will be ministers and excos from the non-Muslims. There will be affairs related to the non-Muslims. But the country's policies must be (based on) Islam."

Hadi said voters in Selangor could lead by example in the country by placing a Muslim leader to lead the state in the next elections.

"Put the Muslims at the forefront. Choose Muslim candidates that will fight for Islam," he said.

"It must be understood that we are not leaving the non-Muslims behind. We are fair to all and it is a sin if we choose to be unfair to the non-Muslims."

He added that voters must also reject any concept that is against Islam as well as the Malaysian Malaysia ideology that is meant to eliminate the difference in races.

Hadi in his speech also pointed out the lackadaisical attitude of Muslims which did not place importance on voting and elections, which he said was not in accordance with Islam.

"They do not want to register (as voters) and refuse to come out to vote ... this is a misconception and against (the teachings) of Islam," he said.

Later in a press conference, Hadi said PAS is committed to be the government after the GE14, whether through winning the majority or being part of it under a coalition.

When asked whether PAS will cooperate with any party in the next general elections, he replied that was simply an assumption.

"PAS might be alone, or can be (in a) coalition," he added.

He added that PAS would contest in no less than 130 parliament seats, which would be enough to form a simple majority in the Dewan Rakyat.