Malaysia rejects political party using the word 'Islam'

Malaysia rejects political party using the word 'Islam'
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MARANG - The Registrar of Society (RoS) will reject the bid by Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) to register a new political party under the name Parti Progresif Islam.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Government would not make the same mistake as it did when it allowed PAS to incorporate the word Islam in the name of the party.

"GHB has applied to form a political party using the name Parti Progresif Islam. We would not want any political party using the word Islam.

"The word Islam does not belong to any political party. It belongs to all Muslims.

"We do not want to make the same mistake that we had done before when we allowed a political party to use it as part of its name," he said when opening the Marang Umno division meeting yesterday.

Dr Ahmad Zahid the RoS would write to those who were responsible in making the application to change the proposed name of the party without the use of the word Islam in it.

"We have seen Muslims being divided because a political party's claim that it is more Islamic than others. It is as if Islam only belongs to them.

"That's the difference between them and Umno as we unite the people and fight for the Malays, but we do it without depriving any other race and religion their rights," he added.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said he was making this announcement in Marang as he wanted the words to reach Marang Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who is PAS president.

"I want the PAS president to know that his own people are now involved in the plan to set up a political party to go against him," he said.

GHB was set up by a group of PAS progressive leaders who lost in the last party election to the conservative force within the party.

Its leaders have previously said that the new party would replace PAS in the new opposition coalition following the crisis in Pakatan Rakyat due to the fallout between DAP and PAS.

PAS, at its muktamar in June, has adopted a motion that was moved by its powerful ulama council to sever ties with DAP which opposed the planned implementation of hudud in Kelantan.

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