Interview with Nurul Izzah Anwar by the Australian News Network. Most of what she said in this interview is already known to me, but it will certainly be of interest to those who are unaware of Malaysian politics.
Its finally official. The Dewan Rakyat has now been dissolved, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced during a live television broadcast today, paving the way for the 13th general election. Read more about it here. This is the moment of truth for Pakatan Rakyat to present their manifesto as this is the best time to win the General Elections. People sentiment has shifted to Pakatan over the years since 2008. Everyone has come to realise that UMNO / Barisan Nasional is not invincible.
The coming days should be very interesting indeed. The time for change is now!
It is good to read this report from TMI which quotes the PAS President at the 57th Muktamar 2011 reaffirming the Islamic ideology that, contrary to the munaafiqun secularists’ claims, Islam and politics are one. There is no such thing as “separation of state and religion” where Islam is concerned, it just does not enter into the Muslim psyche at all.
“Umno only wants to retain power and not uphold the Malays and Islam because Umno Malays still support Barisan Nasional even when PAS candidates contest against the MCA and MIC but many non-Malays have shown their commitment to PAS by voting for our candidate,” he said.
He added that it was PAS’s responsibility to continuously introduce the teachings of Islam to the people and free them from the shackles of ignorance and political injustice.
“Allah has demonstrated that all nations that have held steadfast to Islam have become leading nations in the world… While Muslims from any nation that have left Islam even though rich became destructive, cruel, weak and are not qualified to lead and eventually will be destroyed,” he said.
To me, this is the biggest difference between UMNO and PAS. UMNO is (mis)using Islam to achieve political power, whereas PAS uses politics for Islam’s gain.