It’s inviting even its arch-nemeses DAP and Amanah to rally support for the proposed amendments.
PAS will hold a rally in support of the hotly debated proposed Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 amendments on Feb 18 at Dataran Merdeka.
The Islamist party is aiming to attract 300,000 people in a show of support for the amendments, by inviting everyone to attend, including its political arch-nemeses DAP and Amanah.
DAP has opposed the amendments, while Amanah is a splinter party from PAS.
At a press conference, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the rally aimed to highlight Muslim support for the proposed amendments, which PAS says aims to strengthen the shariah courts, while explaining the issue to non-Muslims.
Those who oppose the proposed amendments say it’s unconstitutional, but its supporters say the amendments only concerns Muslims and has nothing to do with non-Muslims.
“We welcome everyone to this rally. Over 200 NGOs will attend and we expect to draw 300,000 people.”
Previous rallies organised by political parties and NGOs did not get the authorities’ approval but Tuan Ibrahim said he was confident the authorities would give them the green light this time.
Last November, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang announced a mega-rally would be held to raise support for the proposed amendments after he asked for the debate on it to be postponed.
Then, Hadi asked for the debate to be postponed as many Malaysians still didn’t understand the proposed amendments.
Tuan Ibrahim said PAS and other NGOs were still explaining the issue to the public through discussions and in articles.
He claimed that with the explanations, opposition against the bill was softening, including among non-Muslims.
Meanwhile, PAS information chief Nasruddin Hassan said they would also invite DAP and Amanah to attend the rally and that invitations would be sent out in a week’s time.