Last Wednesday (23rd of May 2012), a press conference was held by the opposition party in front of Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan’s (Bersih’s chairman) house to show their support and sympathy for Datuk Ambiga(Traders stage ‘burger protest’ in front of Ambiga’s house and Group protests in front of Ambiga’s house).
Among those who were present was YB Khalid Samad (Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) Central Committee and Member of the Malaysian Parliament for Shah Alam, Selangor). Speaking to the reporters that he stressed that:
That is a justified demand (Bersih 3). It is a demand which we look upon as something which is an act of goodness, a sign of piety. Muslims who are involved in such a programme, fighting for clean and fair election, for us, we understand it as an act of amal soleh, or a good act.
-Agenda Daily 23rd May 2012 Sejenak di rumah Ambiga: Luah rasa seorang wartawan…
Ironically, on the 22nd of April 2012 (six days before the Bersih 3.0 rally), former Vice President of PAS, YB Nasharudin Mat Isa, made a statement at the Wacana Kemungkaran LGBT- LGBT MENGUNDANG BALA ALLAH, that based on a fatwa by Sheikh Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi(a world-renowned Muslim scholar), Muslims are even forbidden to eat and drink together with the practitioners and supporters of the practice of LGBT; therefore it is haram to join the Bersih 3.0 rally since the rally was led by Ambiga who is a LGBT fighter. Wacana Kemungkaran LGBT- LGBT MENGUNDANG BALA ALLAH was organised by Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (MUAFAKAT).
So now we have two different opinions from two different PAS leaders regarding Bersih 3.0 rally. So whose opinion is right and whose is wrong? Let us go back to the leaders academic background. YB Khalid Samad studied Fuel and Energy Engineering while YB Nasharudin Mat Isa studied Islamic Studies and Shariah law. Since we are referring about ‘right or wrong’ as in Islam, it seems like YB Nasharudin Mat Isa’s opinion on the matter is more credential than YB Khalid Samad’s. Further more, YB Khalid Samad had reportedly opposed to a Selangor shariah law that prohibited non-Muslims from using the word “Allah”.
PAS members have two totally contradictorily opinions from their leaders regarding Bersih 3.0. So now, who should they listen to? And why can’t their leaders agree on the matter? Or does that means that there are at least two different camps in PAS?
So for PAS members, this may not only caused them a headache…but worse a heart-break if this is really a sign of a split in their party.