ISLAMIST party, PAS has changed in its “character” since becoming part of the Federal Government and the death of its former spiritual leader, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.
“When PAS was in the Opposition, it was easier for us non-Muslims to talk to its leaders and iron out differences.
“But strangely, despite being part of the Government, I can’t deliver on certain things and unable to voice out grievances of my community. So, I decided to quit,” its former PAS Supporters’ Wing (DHPP) secretary S Barathidasan told FocusM.
Barathidasan left PAS recently, citing unhappiness on how the party was managing issues relating to non-Muslims.
He had reportedly submitted his resignation letter to PAS secretary general Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan on Dec 30 last year, but was only confirmed today when the wing convened a meeting.
Touching on his departure, Barathidasan said that he was unhappy that nothing was done to contain Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor’s insensitivity in dealing with the Hindu community in the state.
“Not only Sanusi demolished a Hindu temple without proper consultation, he also cancelled the state Thaipusam leave arbitrarily.
“I have voiced my grievances on the matter to DHPP chief, N Bala Subramaniam several times but I don’t see anything happening.
“I joined PAS to bridge the gap between Muslims and non-Muslims but I don’t see it happening. So, it’s pointless for me to remain in the party,” he opined.
Last December, Sanusi defended the Alor Setar City Council’s decision to demolish the Raja Muniswarar Temple in Taman Bersatu, Kuala Kedah. He also criticised Indian leaders, including from MIC, of drunk with the “toddy of power” for calling him out.
Last month, Sanusi cancelled the state Thaipusam holiday citing the movement control order (MCO). The decision received flak from many quarters, including former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Asked on the difference between the leadership of Nik Aziz and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, Barathidasan said one cannot compare the style of the two.
“Let me put it this way. If people had followed Nik Aziz’s advise, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) would not exist today,” he opined. – Feb 22, 2021
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