He said pacts made for political reasons are allowed in Islam.
However, he said Umno members who wish to join Pas would have to undergo a cooling-off period of several years to enable them to understand the party's struggle. "Let them give talks at our ceramah for a couple of years. Then they can come in as members. They can't just join us as we are not like a garbage can. "Political pacts are different Joining Pas is different. In Islam, there is a specific method that we must follow," he said after meeting a group from CNMC Goldmine Limited from China. The company is due to start a gold-mining venture in Sokor, Tanah Merah soon.
Nik Aziz, who is Pas' spiritual advisor, said the party's success in recapturing the state in 1990 was due to the pact it made with the now-defunct Umno splinter party, Semangat 46, which was helmed by Tengku Razaleigh. The pact eventually fell through following Semangat 46's decision to join Umno. "One of the reasons why we (Pas) got Kelantan was because of our co-operation with Semangat 46. Although they left us after that, it was their decision. We did not chase them or push them away. Semangat 46 wanted out."
He said the current "pakatan rakyat" it has with Parti Keadilan Rakyat and DAP could function as a way to streamline the various views in administering the five states under the alliance. This was to avoid misunderstanding. On the controversy over the RM100 million modern pig farming project in Selangor, Nik Aziz felt the issue should not be blown out of proportion as Islam allows non-Muslims to continue to consume pork and alcohol. "In Kelantan, we allow shops selling pork and alcohol as long as the business does not disturb others. If Selangor wants to approve the project, that is their right." Berita dari Emedia terbitan 11 April, 2008.