Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Is PAS for or against militancy, asks DAP lawmaker
Source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/is-pas-for-or-against-militancy-asks-dap-lawmaker#sthash.zqN7Xuwt.dpuf (15/9/2014)
PAS should be steadfast with its principles, especially against violence, instead of sending out conflicting messages, a DAP lawmaker says today.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng was referring to statements from several PAS leaders who had expressed their admiration for the late Lotfi Ariffin (pic), who had died fighting in the civil war in Syria.
Following reports of his death, PAS central committee member Nik Abduh Nik Aziz described Lotfi as a “martyr”, according to The Star.
Nik Abduh, the son of PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, paid tribute to Lotfi on his Facebook page.
"When Lotfi revealed his involvement with the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq forces, PAS wasted no time in expelling him from the party," Lim said.
"Furthermore, the Islamic party issued a statement saying it did not condone its members getting involved in armed activities.
"But now that Lotfi is dead, it appears that several PAS leaders have made a U-turn and agree with the path of militancy.
"This has caused confusion over the party's stand on militancy and violence," Lim said.
He said the upheaval in the Middle East had given birth to various terror and militant groups, some of which had vague origins.
"PAS should be more careful before supporting any militant groups, or militant individuals."
Lim said the path chosen by Lotfi had been his own choice, but it did not mean that violence should be encouraged.
"The true path forward is with democracy and a struggle for justice and freedom without bloodshed."