They are always the first to say no to this and no to that, no to Valentines Day, no to concerts, no to cinemas, no to alcohol, no to lottery and the list continue.
With all those curbs, one might think that Kelantan which is under PAS rule would have been a model state with low crime rate, morality to the highest degree, as well as other positive attributes thrown in.
However it would be a shock to some who may yet to know how “notorious” the state has become.
Drug abuse in Kelantan has increased by more than 100 % from 4,255 in 2010 to 9,124 in 2011.
The youths in the state had also been led astray as a majority of the drug abuse cases involved youths.
One apparent reason for this is that the state has failed to come up with adequate programmes for youths and provide adequate job opportunities.
Another startling revelation is that Kelantan has the highest number of HIV cases for 3 consecutive years from 2008 to 2010.
Take for instance in 2010, the number of Kelantanese diagnosed with HIV was 28.2 people for every 100,000 population. In comparison to the national ratio, it is only 12.9 people for every 100,000 population.
And in 2009, a total of 616 HIV/AIDs cases were detected of which 16 per cent were women. Of the figure, 40 per cent were housewives.
The exco in charge of Family, Women and Health committee, Wan Ubaidah had attributed the spread of the disease to straying husbands who seek the services of prostitutes.
How can this be so when the PAS ulamas and religious chiefs have been so “gung ho” about morality and all. They even have separate swimming lanes for men and women, dress codes and all that.
Then there is the infamous statement made by PAS Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Nik Aziz Nik Mat that girls who did not cover their aurat (flesh that should remain covered) deserved to get raped.
And yet Kelantan also has earned itself top ranking, for the wrong reasons. It has the highest number of reported rape cases in the country.
In 2010, there were 97 cases reported. Apparently in the first two weeks during the month of Hari Raya in 2011, rape victims aged between 13 and 15, had risen compared to the first eight months of 2011.
Morality issue aside, the PAS government had also been lagging behind other states in attracting domestic and foreign investments.
Basic needs such as transportation and water supply could not be met by the state.
The Federal government had to come to the rescue of bus commuters in Kelantan with an allocation of RM16 mil this year to keep stage bus services running.
The intervention had saved the jobs of 200 bus drivers.
The allocation makes Kelantan the first recipient of the RM400 mil interim fund to keep troubled stage bus services in the country afloat.
The records above cannot lie and it speaks volume of how effective the restrictive ala Taliban administration has been. The policy of the PAS government has failed to address those weaknesses and concerns.
PAS has to look at itself in the mirror first before forcing others with the fallacy of its ideologies.