PETALING JAYA: PAS will not implement any discriminatory or oppressive measures against any party should it become part of the next Federal Government, says Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan.

“PAS has always respected the diversity and plurality of Malaysians from various races, customs and religions, and we recognise their right and freedom to practise their own way of life, based on the Federal Constitution,” said the PAS secretary-general.

“In fact, PAS is very strict in complying with the Islamic principle of ‘no coercion in religion’ whereby non-Muslims cannot be forced to adhere to Islam unless it is of their own volition and understanding

“Claims that PAS will use its higher number of seats in a Perikatan-led government to implement policies that oppress anyone, let alone in Sabah and Sarawak, where the people live a harmonious life according to their respective customs and religions, is completely unfounded,” he added in a statement.

“PAS assures the people that it will continue to practise the concept of consultation and discussion with all partners in the government, despite having the largest number of seats among the parties that will form the Federal Government soon.

“PAS’ compliance with all decisions made by the Federal Government for the past 31 months has proven our willingness to discuss and consult with all government parties at all levels of government,” Takiyuddin said.

He added that the party’s leaders and members consisted of well-educated and qualified individuals who had come from various educational backgrounds with many of them being professionals in their fields of work.