Monday April 23, 2012
Ambiga not fit to lead, says senior PAS leader
By REGINA LEE
KUALA LUMPUR: A senior PAS leader hit out at Bersih 2.0 chairman Datuk S. Ambiga saying she is not fit to lead the movement because of her ties with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community,
PAS central committee member Nasharudin Mat Isa said PAS should instead take the lead in the Bersih 3.0 demonstration planned for Saturday.
“There is a fatwa against homosexuality, saying that homosexuals are not even fit to be dined with. If we follow the fatwa, then yes, Ambiga should definitely not lead the Bersih 2.0 movement or the demonstration,” he told reporters after speaking at an anti-LGBT forum in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia here yesterday.
Ambiga was supposed to have opened a sexuality rights workshop Seksualiti Merdeka last year, which was called off following public outcry.
“Political parties should helm the demonstration scheduled to be held at Dataran Merdeka,” said Nasharudin, who was the PAS deputy president until last year.
“I support the demonstration to call for electoral reforms. This demonstration has to be encouraged and promoted, and it is better for PAS to lead it instead of someone who supports the LGBT cause,” he said.
He said political parties were the biggest stakeholders in the electoral reforms and system, not individuals.
“PAS and other parties must come forward and lead it. This is the game of politicians, not the general public,” Nasharudin said.
The forum was organised by Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (Muafakat) which included speakers from Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council legal bureau (Mahamad Naser Disa), Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia (Abdul Rahim Sinwan) and International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (Muhammad Uthman El-Muhammady).
Taking turns to lambast homosexuality as a cancer, disease and “behaviour worse than animals”, they said in certain countries, homosexuality is fast becoming a “religion”.
“I don't care about being called homophobic because I will oppose homosexuality till my dying breath,” said Mahamad Naser.
This forum followed an anti-LGBT demonstration held in Universiti Putra Malaysia on Saturday.