Youth: Political understanding should be enhanced

Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang

KOTA BHARU – The PAS Youth wing plays an important role in enhancing political understanding among the young Muslim generation as they make up the largest part of the electorate, said PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

He said that this was due to the political ideology among Muslim youths being very weak compared with other races.

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“In fact, Islam champions politics in its struggle, but due to ignorance in terms of religion, we abandon this obligation. All the Prophets and Messengers did not separate politics from da’wah.

“Due to this, the vote for Muslims is very weak due to frail political ideology… especially among young people who are targeted by the enemies of Islam so that they end up being complacent.

“Hence, the role of the PAS Youth wing is very big and important (in this case),” he said during the debate session of the 61st PAS Youth Muktamar or annual general assembly at the Pusat Tarbiah Islamiah Kelantan (Putik), in Pengkalan Chepa, near here yesterday.

Abdul Hadi also said that the PAS needs to further strengthen the position of the Islamic-based party’s struggle to garner people’s mandate directly through the 15th General Election (GE15).

The 61st PAS Youth Muktamar, attended by about 400 delegates from across the country, is being held in a new normal by complying with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier, when officiating the convention, PAS deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said that youths were getting tired of the current political situation, resulting in some of them stopping caring about the country’s political development.

“In the face of political challenges, the so-called ‘carca marba’ (all mixed up), has caused a new polemic among them. According to a study, it was found that 23 per cent of youths were fed up with the current political situation,” he said.

He said that this trend does not benefit any party because youths are the backbone of the leaders of the future, hence, PAS, especially the Youth wing, must translate the real political situation using new media, and convey the main agenda of the party which also practices the principle of unity with all races and religions.

— BERNAMA