KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 ― Newly-elected chief for the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) Foundation, Nasharudin Mat Isa, revealed today that his appointment has received the blessings of PAS spiritual leader Datuk Dr Haron Din.
The former PAS deputy president, who has since been estranged with his party, also confirmed that he no longer plays an active role in PAS, and he is not representing the Islamist party nor Umno with his appointment.
“I have not received any negative remarks with reference to my appointment to GMM,” Nasharudin said in an interview with English daily The Star published today.
“I have met the spiritual leader of PAS over this appointment and he has given his full blessings, and there has not been a negative remark from any of the PAS leadership on my appointment ― so to me, that is a good sign.”
Nasharudin admitted that the religious auction between PAS and Umno is just part of politics, and disagreed that both parties’ attempt to out-Islamise each other will lead to a path of extremism.
“Well, that’s politics! They will harp on the things that they have and the best that they can offer to the public as far as Islam is concerned,” he said, referring to the use of religion to woo voters.
“Of course, Umno and PAS will be the main contenders so they will try to promote and buy off people with the strategy that they have.”
Touching on the hudud law passed by the PAS Kelantan government, Nasharudin said the controversial Islamic penal code can only be presented as a just law if it fits with the concept of moderation.
He also chided the public for focusing only on the substantive part of hudud while ignoring its procedural part, which he claimed has very high burden and standard of proof.
“I believe that if the procedural part of hudud is also explained to the public, it can be accepted in a way. After all it is a law,” said Nasharudin.
“And Malaysia being a Muslim state, we can be a model of how that kind of law is implemented in a modern society. The substantive and procedural aspects are both important. Only if these two are brought together can hudud be presented as a just law.”
Nasharudin replaced Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah as GMM chief in late October when the latter vacated the position after quitting Umno to join PKR.
Nasharudin was PAS’s deputy president from 2008 to 2013 before he was defeated by Mohamad Sabu.