So much for wanting to abstain from slamming PAS. It looks like I stormed in with guns blazing as soon as I got started.
But I want to reiterate that my criticism of PAS does NOT mean that I have written it off as beyond hope.
Frankly, I appreciate that PAS sacrificed much of its ideology during the recent election campaigns so as to keep with the main focus of a united opposition.
I know that may be considered dodgy to some, and untruthful to others, but I believe it is the greater good that matters. I would take PAS over BN anyday - hands down.
Don't know about you, but I prefer that my elected representative isn't corrupted, doesn't lie blatantly to my face, doesn't blow-up Mongolian translators, and doesn't engage in paedophilia.
Those of you living in other countries may be shaking your head in consternation.
Yes, we Malaysians tend to have low standards when it comes to our MPs and state assemblymen. But hopefully, that will change soon.
There are a lot of good candidates out there who can potentially represent the people truthfully and sincerely. It's just that politics has nasty connotations (some of them well-deserved) attached to it, causing people to be hesitant about being involved.
So far, PAS has been mostly good for its word and it's easy to dispel the attempts of the tabloids (often confused as mainstream media in Malaysia) at defamation.
Recently, the suspiciously pro-BN/UMNO Malaysian Insider claimed that PAS was contemplating a possible collaboration with UMNO.
Now, unless PAS has decided to trade in religious moral values for an avaricious and profligate lifestyle, that's not going to happen.
It's a crying shame that religion is the basis for this political party. I have always believed in the separation of church and state.
Or in the case of Malaysia, mosque and state. :)
The problem with enforcing religious principles on the people one governs is that not everyone may subscribe to one's particular religion.
PAS can separate lines in supermarkets, usage of swimming pools, prohibit nightclubs and cinema, even alcohol. But it cannot stop people from watching porn, indulging in illicit sex and viewing/reading any other material on the internet.
Unfortunately, forbidden fruit is the most appealing. Ask Adam and Eve.
And the number one forbidden fruit for PAS members and leaders, in my honest opinion, is the subject of sex.
Men around the world have been repulsed by their own sexuality. Even Gandhi wasn't spared as he made bizarre attempts to control his desires, to the extent of embarking on celibacy.
He was a great man who preached non-violence and led India to independence from the British, but he still had some strange ideas.
I guess PAS is no different. Its approach is to desexualise the woman and make her unappealing as possible to any man who is not her husband.
If it applied to me, I would object strongly. But it doesn't. And some Muslims women (to whom it applies) have absolutely no issues covering up fully.
There is NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.