Malaysian Hindu Woman Embraces Islamic Party

February 29, 2008

Author: Ahmad Pathoni

Source: The Ottawa Citizen

Wire Service: Reuters

Malaysia's hardline Islamist party PAS is known for advocating a theocratic Islamic state, but that isn't stopping a non-Muslim woman from running as a PAS candidate in next month's elections.

Kumutha Rahman, a 29-year-old Hindu, is standing in a mainly Malay Muslim constituency in southern Malaysia, becoming the first ever non-Muslim candidate running on a Parti Islam se-Malaysia's (PAS) ticket.