PAS strongly opposes Bar Council's conversion to Islam forum
Thursday, 07 August 2008 09:40pm
(Used by permission)
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 (Bernama) -- Pas said today the party is opposing "in the
strongest terms" the plan by the Bar Council to organise a forum on "Conversion
to Islam" scheduled to take place on Saturday.
PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said if the Bar Council proceed with
the forum, it could give rise to suspicion and tension in the relations between
Muslims and members of other faiths, as well as undermining the country's
harmony, which would not be beneficial to anyone.
"Any discussions on the matter should involve those with the knowledge and
authority because Islam stands on its own strength," Abdul Hadi said in an
article posted on the party's website.
Abdul Hadi said the Bar Council, therefore, should call off the forum for the
sake of stability and to safeguard the relations between members of different
faiths and races in the country.
Meanwhile, PAS Youth Chief Salahuddin Ayub said the forum should not be held
Salahuddin, who is Kubang Kerian Member of Parliament, said the forum would
create suspicion among Muslims in the country.
"One cannot understand issues as sensitive as this in a mere one-hour forum.
This requires a long and in-depth discussion and held in series.
"We are worried that the forum will result in unhealthy reaction and create
tension. This can stoke anger among the people, especially Muslims," he told
He said if the Bar Council was adamant about going ahead with the forum, it
should be held behind closed doors.
"This is a very sensitive issue among Muslims and I don't agree that it be held
"In this respect, they (the Bar Council) should invite muftis, religious experts
or someone from the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to get the
correct views and not cause confusion among Muslims," he said.