Kelantan prepared to amend constitution to allow for non-Malay Muslim MB

(Bernama) – The Kelantan PAS government is prepared to amend the state constitution to enable a non-Malay Muslim to become mentri besar.

Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, said there was no issue about amending the state constitution as long as it was in line with Islamic requirements as introduced by PAS since 1990.

“Kelantan laws are different as they were made before PAS came to power They can amended,” he told reporters here on Monday.

Nik Aziz said this when asked to comment on his statement of support for a non-Malay candidate to become mentri besar after him as long as the person was a Muslim.

He said following Islamic policy, as long as a person was of good character and practiced the teachings of Islam truthfully, he or she was qualified to lead.

“This step (of appointing a non-Malay) to be mentri besar will make Islam respected and more people will make Islam their religion,” he said.

Nik Aziz also said he would himself propose any non-Malay Muslim leader to be his replacement if the person was qualified.