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PAS blasted for using Siamese monks as political tools

The Star/ANN | Thursday, Sep 25, 2014

TUMPAT - In its bid to woo the Siamese community in Pengkalan Kubor, PAS has used images of spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat and Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob with local Buddhist monks.

The Malaysian-Siamese representative in the Senate, Senator Datuk Boon Som Inong, frowned upon the ploy and said the monks should not be used as political tools for any party.

He said the monks were a neutral group and should not be dragged or used as political tools.

Boon Som criticised PAS for using the images, seen in posters and bunting that were distributed among Siamese voters, purportedly to show the monks supported PAS.

"The institution of Siamese monks is sacred and they are a neutral group; they do not take sides," he said, regretting that the posters of the community's revered monks were found on the ground and trampled by people.

"This has irked the Siamese community and the attempt by PAS to use the monks as a political ploy is regarded as desperate and unethical."

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