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PAS says committed to multiculturalism, collective decisions in any future PN govt

The Islamist party dismisses critics who say its large share of seats in a future government would see it trampling on non-Muslim rights.

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PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang waves alongside Perikatan Nasional chairman Muhyiddin Yassin after the results of the general election in Shah Alam on Nov 20.
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang waves alongside Perikatan Nasional chairman Muhyiddin Yassin after the results of the general election in Shah Alam on Nov 20.

PAS has given its assurance that it will not make any decision without consultation with its partners in a future coalition government, despite emerging as the party with the most number of seats in the newly concluded election.

The Islamist party also pledged to respect Malaysia's multicultural and multi-religious make-up, saying the people's rights are guaranteed by the constitution.

"PAS rejects the claims by some parties that it will use its larger position in the government to implement policies against anyone, not to mention in Sarawak and Sabah whose peoples have been living harmoniously according to their respective customs and religions," said PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan.

The statement is believed to be a response to social media posts claiming Malaysia would become a theocratic state if Perikatan Nasional (PN) comes to power.

In the election on Saturday, PAS won 49 seats for PN, making it the party with the most number of seats.

This was PAS' best performance since its formation, which also saw it garnering the most popular votes ahead of Umno, PKR and DAP.

Takiyuddin said PAS had abided by all government decisions when it was part of the two federal governments led by Muhyiddin Yassin and then Ismail Sabri Yaakob in the last 31 months.

"PAS has proven this with the openness it has shown by guaranteeing the rights of people of various races and religions in Kelantan, where PAS has ruled for more than 30 years."