Mustafa: Pas to field non- Muslim candidates in non predominantly Malay areas.
KUALA LUMPUR: Pas will field non-Muslim candidates from the Pas Supporters Congress in Johor, Penang, Selangor, Sabah and Sarawak where there is a huge non-Muslim population.
Its secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali told The Mole: “Quite a number of non-Muslims from the Supporters Congress are from states not ruled by Pas and they are willing to be fielded as candidates in the next general elections.’’
“Pas Johor has already shortlisted more than one candidate to contest in the general election and has submitted it to the party’s central committee.’’
“Right now, the party is scouting around looking for other possible candidates in areas which are not predominantly Muslims,’’ he added.
Mustafa however said fielding non-Muslims in Kelantan and Kedah will be difficult as both states preferred Muslim candidates.
Prior to this, Pas Kelantan deputy commissioner Datuk Husam Musa and his Kedah counterpart Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi said they will not field non-Muslims candidates in the next elections because the majority of their electorates are made up of Muslims.
Mustafa had promised the Supporters Congress president Hu Pang Chow that the party will field non-Muslim candidates in the next elections.
Former Pas Penang Supporters Congress chief Ooi Ah Looi @ Vellautham left the party after 20 years because he does not believe the party will field non-Muslim candidates in the next elections.
Ooi said he will contest as an Independent candidate under the Bayan Lepas state constituency and does not intend to return to Pas despite Mustafa’s announcement.