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PAS’s dance with alcohol

“Zaid committed a personal sin when he consumed alcohol. If he has repented and Allah accepts it, his sins are forgiven.”

PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali, on character assassinations against Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)’s candidate for Hulu Selangor, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, for his alcohol-drinking. Mustafa called Zaid’s detractors “unprofessional”, and reminded them not to forget their own sins. (Source: It’s PKR vs Umno, says Zaid, theSun, 20 April 2010)

“Kartika sendiri telah insaf dan bertaubat atas perbuatannya dan menuntut supaya beliau dikenakan hukuman berkenaan. Inilah bukti keberkesanan hukuman sedemikian di zaman ini.”

PAS Youth, upholding the whipping sentence imposed by the Kuantan Syariah Court on alcohol-drinking model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno. (Source: Hukuman sebat: Kartika bukan yang pertama, PAS Youth website, 8 Sept 2009)

“When the Syariah court passed the sentence I was shocked not because of the decision but by the boldness of the judge. I congratulate him for it.”

PAS Titiwangsa Member of Parliament and party central committee member, Dr Lo’ Lo’ Mohd Ghazali, on Kartika’s whipping sentence. In her full statement, Lo’ Lo’ also called for the whipping of those who allow Muslims to serve alcohol on flights, in 7-Eleven outlets, and to work at breweries. (Source: Is whipping the answer?, The Star, 26 July 2009)

“They will be issued with a notice and they can be fined, especially those who retaliate or are uncooperative.”

“They have to be surrendered to the police or religious authorities within [a 24-hour] period.

Selangor PAS commissioner and state executive council member Datuk Dr Hassan Ali, on the penalties awaiting Muslims who drink alcohol in public. He listed these procedures when announcing a controversial decision by the Selangor religious authorities to allow mosque officials to nab alcohol-consuming Muslims. (Source: Mosque officials get power to nab Muslims drinking alcohol, The Star, 25 Aug 2009)


“In Kartika’s case, we are especially concerned that general principles of sentencing were not applied: she was a first-time offender, she showed remorse and pleaded guilty, and there was no violence in the commission of the offence.

Her sentences were completely disproportionate to the offence committed…Finally, we remind the relevant authorities that justice must be tempered with compassion; and that justice must not only be done, but must be seen to be done so that Malaysians can be confident of the processes in the Syariah courts.”

Muslim women’s organisation Sisters in Islam (SIS), in their official statement calling for a stop to the whipping of Kartika. (Source: Stop whipping. Stop the whipping of Kartika, Sisters in Islam website, 30 Sept 2009)

“Tindakan SIS dan JAG (Joint Action Group for Gender Equality) ini menimbulkan interpretasi yang bersimpang siur…Orang yang beriman dan bertakwa melihat mereka ini berniat jahat terhadap agama Islam dan tidak keterlaluan jika ramai yang menganggap SIS dan JAG berlaku biadab terhadap Islam (secara) amnya dan mahkamah Syariah khasnya.”

PAS Youth, calling SIS’s appeals “ignorant”, “ill-willed”, and “insulting” to the syariah court. (Source: PAS gesa umat Islam boikot SIS dan JAG, Malaysiakini, 2 Oct 2009) favicon

Disclosure: Shanon Shah is a SIS associate member.

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7 Responses to “PAS’s dance with alcohol”

  1. Ellese A says:

    Since joining PR, PAS’s direction has become muddled, ambigous and inconsistent. Too many contradictory stands from the issue of Allah to Islamic state and to the stand on morality. It’s bewildering and confusing. It appears they are becoming liberals by the day but facing conservative reactions from their core supporters. It’s unimaginable that PAS could have supported such tainted and ‘unIslamic’ candidate like Zaid a couple of years ago. But Hadi and Nik Aziz now do. Question now is how about their supporters? This is dumbfounding and confusing but from personal anecdotal evidence in Hulu Selangor, PAS machinery has not been put in half gear compared to previous elections. PAS has to resolve these inconsistencies and determine their actual cause. Otherwise sooner or later supporters will be disillusioned and become like PKR now. This will be the difficulty and challenge for PAS in the near future.

  2. Lainie says:

    PAS so tak ikhlas.

  3. Nadia Ali says:

    Zaid – Lelaki, pemimpin politik.
    Kartika – Wanita, part-time model.

    Dosa pun ada double standard.

  4. Merah Silu says:

    What can I say about PAS’s leadership? You can not regard them as a leader of Muslims. They are not what they should be. They are selling their principles. But they are human, too – given a chance, they will do what they are not suppose to do. Forgive them, but do not let them become your leader.

  5. naza says:

    Bila nak sebat Zaid? Sebab dia lelaki?

  6. Annoyed says:

    “Kartika committed a personal sin when she consumed alcohol. If she has repented and Allah accepts it, her sins are forgiven.” Datuk Mustafa Ali

  7. Ali Rifai says:

    I think there is a difference between Zaid Ibrahim’s and Kartika’s case where it seems there exist different stands of PAS regarding the issue of drinking. Zaid Ibrahim has been a drinker in the past, and since then has stopped and repented. Meanwhile, Kartika was caught drinking!


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