PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has repeated his call for Malay domination, saying it was important to maintain political stability in Malaysia.
The Islamist leader told Reuters in an interview that fresh polls were needed to achieve greater Malay representation in parliament.
“To ensure political stability, it is important to have the race that dominates society lead the government,” Hadi said.
At the same time, he said each race must be represented by their own kind.
“Areas that are majority Muslim should be represented by Muslims, and likewise areas that are majority non-Muslim should be represented by non-Muslims.”
Malays, who are Muslims, make up 60% of the population of 32 million. The rest are mainly Chinese and Indians.
Hadi is known for his Malay and Muslim supremacist views, which often make provocative headlines.
At a 2018 Malay protest against Malaysia signing an anti-racism treaty, he had said that non-Malays should be grateful that the Muslims had allowed them to stay in the country even though they had come as coolies.
He said the migrants were well treated by the Muslims who had compassion for them.
The same year, he said a PAS government would separate the Muslim and non-Muslim leaders into two cabinets.
“If PAS rules, it (the administration) will be divided into two. One (is) a cabinet that decides on national policies. This must consist of people who adopt the national ideology and faith,” he said.
He is also an advocate for hudud in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Hadi said fresh polls would legitimise Perikatan Nasional’s claim to power.
The ruling coalition made up of Bersatu, Umno and PAS seized power in February with a wafer-thin majority following the defection of Bersatu and a group of PKR MPs from Pakatan Harapan.
Hadi said partners in the coalition would continue to back Muhyiddin’s leadership in the next general election, which he predicted would be called at the end of the year or early 2021.
“If you mix the support for PAS, Umno and Bersatu, there are many seats that we can win. We may be able to win a two-thirds majority.” – TMI