Senior Malaysia opposition PAS leader accused of being 'secret Shi'ite'
MALAYSIA'S Home Ministry on Thursday detailed its allegations that a senior leader of the opposition party, Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), is a secret follower of the Shi'ite school of Islam, a controversial accusation in a staunchly Sunni country that bans the preaching of Shi-ism.
The ministry's secretary-general Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi told a news conference that “based on information”, PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu had several times attended classes taught by two Shi'ite teachers in Semanggol, Perak in 2011. And “information” also showed that Mr Mohamad had visited a Shi'ite mosque in Satun in southern Thailand in 2011.
Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim provided a 10-point list. They included writings of Mr Mohamad praising and exhorting Muslims to follow the struggle of Iran's late spiritual leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini – a Shi’ite - from as far back as 2005.
Mr Abdul Rahim said the ministry had been called to follow up on comments by Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi last Saturday.