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Johor Pas to field non-Muslim candidates

JOHOR BARU: Johor Pas will field several non-Muslim candidates in the next general election.

Pas Dewan Ulama vice-chief and Johor Pas commissioner Datuk Mahfodz Mohamed said  its Syura Council had two years ago given  its blessings for members of the Pas Supporters Club to stand as candidates.

  Johor Pas is the first to   announce the candidacy of non-Muslims, although Pas in other states can  do the same following a proposal made by Mahfodz  to  obtain the support  of non-Muslims.

  Mahfodz, who is also a Syura Council member, said he had been tinkering with the idea and decided to field law graduate Kumutha Raman  in  the Tiram state seat in the 2008 general election.

  The council had then gone  against the idea, prompting Kumutha to contest under the Parti Keadilan Rakyat banner, although her candidacy was announced by Pas.

  However, Kumutha lost to Barisan Nasional's  Datuk Maulizan Bujang by a 8,178-vote majority.

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