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29 October 2014
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HARDtalk with Mustafa Ali, Vice President of the Parti Islam seMalaysia

On BBC News 24's HARDtalk tonight (Friday 26 September) Tim Sebastian talks to Mustafa Ali, Vice President of the Parti Islam seMalaysia (Pas).

Malaysia's largest opposition party, the Parti Islam seMalaysia, wants to establish an Islamic state in which all Muslims would be subject to strict Islamic penal laws like stoning.

Pas already controls two states where there are rules requiring men and women to have separate supermarket checkouts and hairdressing salons.

Their ideas have some of the country's non-Muslims worried, who want to keep the country a secular state.

The Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir, has announced Malaysia is already "an Islamic State".

How much should religion influence politics? Tim Sebastian talks to Pas Vice President Mustafa Ali about the role religion is playing in winning votes.

HARDtalk is on BBC News 24 at 11.30pm.

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