I remember way back in 1999 when I was in Form 5, I was the only one supporting Pas in my class.
The other 42 of them (of which 40 were non-Muslims) were solidly behind the Barisan Nasional (BN). Or at least, they didn’t admit they were supporting any of the opposition parties.
However, I personally believe that almost all of them were either pro-BN or at the very least apolitical at that time.
Pas to them was an anathema. Something that they wouldn’t even touch with a pole.
For me then, of course, Islamic politics were one of the things, but also looking at the leaders (many of them are still around now), they look like honest, decent people. A bit kampung maybe, but they looked like people you could trust.
They carried (convincingly enough for me) the message that the then Mahathir-led BN was mired with corruption and wastage and the best way to cure it all was to knock them off from power. To be honest with you, I believed them and supported them fervently despite not being old enough to vote.
Please note that although Anwar Ibrahim’s 1998 was a catalyst for me to get interested in politics, I was never an Anwarista. To me, he never held any special meaning (no pun intended).
Fast forward to the present time and how things have turned around.
All the non-Malays are now supporters of the opposition -even Pas- and I’m not into the opposition cause anymore. I have even many non-Malays (including at least one of my ex-Form 5 classmates) proudly parading the Pas logo on Facebook.
Strange isn’t it? Hopefully the circle will not turn again.
Truth is, because of my longer exposure to politics, I’m (at least I hope) wiser than the rest now.
Back to Pas, they have really disappointed me with their frequent surrendering to the DAP and PKR.
And the latest incident regarding the Selangor Menteri Besar is the worst. All that earlier talk about Khalid being innocent until proven guilty ends up just being hogwash.
The Pas of today is nothing close to the Pas that projected itself in the 1990s and even less than what it was in the 1980s. It’s now devolved from being an Islamic-principled party to just a political party.
Really Pas? Why are you so messed up?