Chia: PAS shows true colours at election time
KOTA BARU, Nov 1 - PAS usually shows its true colours when a general election is looming and it is its unrelenting quest to set up an "Islamic state" at all cost, said Gerakan secretary-general Datuk Seri Chia Kwang Chye.
He claimed it was important for fence-sitters to understand that PAS is a political chameleon that changes its colour or modifies its policies to seek popular support but has never consistently implemented its own recommendations.
He was responding to the latest PAS-led state government proposal to set up an Islamic satellite town in Pasir Tumboh, 10km from here, where there would be strict adherence to religious socio-economic guidelines.
Among them are strict enforcement of dress codes where Muslim women must wear the stipulated head covering, non-Muslims must don "decent attire" and all food outlets in the town must be certified halal.
"The real character of PAS is often evident during a general election," Chia said after witnessing the formation of Gerakan's the party’s 103rd Kelantan branch in Kelantan at a restaurant here.
Present were party vice-chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan, state Gerakan head Datuk Ng Chiang Chin and state Youth head K.W. Ong.
In a multi-racial set up, it was important that all ethnic groups feel comfortable to participate in any socio-economic activity in their home towns but PAS seemed to only accord exclusive rights to their own followers without being sensitive to the feelings of other groups, Chia said.