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Malaysia GE13: Islamist PAS to field Christian candidate

Published on Apr 4, 2013 3:43 PM
 
Head of Supporter Assembly Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) Hu Pang Chow. PAS, known for its conservative Islamic ideology, is fielding Mr Hu as a candidate for Ayer Hitam parliamentary seat in Johor. -- FILE PHOTO: GUANGMING DAILY

KUALA LUMPUR - For the first time ever, the opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) will be fielding a Christian for a seat in Johor, among the non-Muslim candidates that it plans to feature on its slate in the imminent polls.

PAS, known for its conservative Islamic ideology, is fielding Mr Hu Pang Chow, the head of its non-Muslim wing called PAS Supporters Congress, as a candidate for Ayer Hitam parliamentary seat in Johor.

The seat was held by Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong of Barisan Nasional.

Mr Hu said he has been offered the seat but will let the PAS headquarters make the formal announcement.

"I have told PAS committee that I am willing to accept the offer," he told The Straits Times.

In 2010, PAS had amended its constitution which upgraded its supporters club into a party wing, allowing non-Muslim members to contest under the PAS banner. The move was seen to gear towards widening its appeal among non-Muslim voters. yyennie@sph.com.sg

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