Hu Pang Chow wants Pas leaders in Kelantan and Kedah be open to the possibility to field non-Muslim candidates.
KUALA LUMPUR: Pas Supporters Congress president Hu Pang Chow said Pas should be looking for ‘winnable’ candidates instead of emphasising on "Muslim candidates".
Hu was commenting on statements from Pas leaders from Kelantan and Kedah stating that it is unlikely for non-Muslim candidates from the Pas Supporters Congress to be fielded in the two states which are under Pas’ rule.
Pas Kelantan deputy commissioner Datuk Husam Musa and his Kedah counterpart Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi said Muslim representatives will be preferred in a Muslim majority state.
Speaking to The Mole, Hu said: “I think both the Pas Kelantan and Kedah leaders should never forget about the ‘Pas for All’ slogan which, if Pas wants to remain victorious, they should remember that non-Muslims also voted for Pas during the 2008 general elections.
“Pas Kelantan and Kedah should be more open to the idea of fielding non-Muslim candidates in the next general elections,'' he added.
Asked to elaborate further, Hu said Kelantan has a significant number of non-Muslims in some constituencies in the state where Pas can choose a non-Muslim candidate to contest in those seats.
Hu was referring to the parliamentary constituencies of Gua Musang and Kuala Krai where there are quiet a number of non-Muslim voters.
In Kedah, Hu said some constituencies have a number of non-Muslims and they too had voted for Pas in the last general elections.
Pas secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali recently announced the party will field non-Muslim candidates in the next general election.
Mustafa said this when commenting on Hu’s reminder that the Pas leadership made a promise in 2010 that the party will field non-Muslim candidates in the upcoming general elections.