Monday, March 22, 2010

Amend first Rukun Negara: Hadi Awang

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang today suggested that the first Rukun Negara be amended as the word 'Allah' was widely used by non-Muslims.

hadi awang pc 060609 02"I call on the government to amend the wording of the first Rukun Negara from 'Belief in God' to 'Belief in Allah," he said during the debate on the motion of thanks on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong's speech, in the Dewan Rakyat today.

Abdul Hadi (left) said the Al-Quran did not bar followers of other religions from using the word 'Allah'. He said it was the responsibility of Muslims to provide clarification to non-Muslims on the meaning of using the word 'Allah' without forcing them to embrace Islam.

"Non-Muslims say Allah without disturbing us. Why do we not accept positively non-Muslims using the word Allah," he said.

He said in Sarawak, for example, non-Muslims had practised the use of the word 'Allah' and the matter did not lead to any acrimony between Muslims and non-Muslims in that state.

"What's important is clarification. If there is misunderstanding then dialogue among religious leaders can be held.," he said.

'List not correct'

Meanwhile, when met at the Parliament lobby, Abdul Hadi said the opposition accepted and supported the plan by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim (below, right) to form the federal government on Sept 16, 2008.

pkr cny open house 270210  anwarHe said he had knowledge of the plan and he and Anwar at that time strived to make it a reality.

"Yes, we (Pas) were heading in that direction," he said.

Abdul Hadi also said the list of names of MPs who wanted to crossover in the plan which was revealed by the independent Bayan Baru MP Zahrain Mohamed Hashim was not accurate.

"No. The list revealed by Zahrain is not correct or accurate," he said.


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