This week will witness the 55th General Assembly of Pas. In a sense, the party is at a crucial turning point. The vote swing that took place in March 2008 was not an endorsement for an Islamic state, or moral policing, or a theocracy under the thumb of a bunch of Ayatollahs. Instead, Pas needs to understand that to be a national party with national aspirations means having to develop an inclusive political rhetoric and platform that reflects the multifarious character of Malaysia’s complex society today, observes Aliran member Farish Noor.
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