Pas Youth di­vi­sion wants to cut PKR ties

New Straits Times - - News -

SHAH ALAM: Kuala Se­lan­gor Pas Youth yes­ter­day ap­proved a mo­tion for the party to cut ties with PKR in the up­com­ing 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Its chief, Ah­mad Hakimi Oth­man, said the mo­tion, which was pro­posed dur­ing its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing yes­ter­day, was ap­proved based on three fac­tors.

“Mus­lim PKR lead­ers have been neg­a­tive about Pas’s ef­forts to em­power the syariah courts and have turned a deaf ear on the in­for­ma­tion and ex­pla­na­tion that have been given.

“Their in­volve­ment in the Sun­gai Be­sar by-elec­tion is also an ob­vi­ous be­trayal of po­lit­i­cal ties with Pas as stip­u­lated by the Syura Ulama Coun­cil.

“More­over, the state gov­ern­ment’s in­abil­ity to re­solve is­sues on Air Se­lan­gor (Pen­gu­ru­san Air Se­lan­gor Sdn Bhd) and Splash (Syarikat Pen­geluar Air Sun­gai Se­lan­gor Sdn Bhd) could lead peo­ple to lose con­fi­dence in Pas.

“Based on these three is­sues, the tahaluf siyasi forged with PKR dur­ing the last gen­eral elec­tion must end.”

Hakimi said should Menteri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali find the mo­tion un­ac­cept­able, or if he re­sorted to sack­ing the three Pas state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lors, the di­vi­sion was ready to ac­cept the de­ci­sion.

The three Pas ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lors in the PKR-led state gov­ern­ment are Datuk Iskan­dar Ab­dul Sa­mad, Datuk Dr Ah­mad Yunus Hairi and Zaidy Ab­dul Talib.

Subang Pas Youth chief Hanafi Zulka­pli made a sim­i­lar call af­ter Azmin tweeted about a “tok lebai”, which Hanafi said was re­fer­ring to the Is­lamic party’s Youth chief, Nik Ab­duh Nik Aziz.

Hanafi said he hoped Pas’s na­tional lead­er­ship would agree with the mo­tion.

Iskan­dar and Se­lan­gor Pas sec­re­tary Khairud­din Oth­man said the mo­tion to cut ties with PKR needed to be pre­sented and de­bated at the party’s muk­ta­mar, which is set to take place in Kedah next month.

Iskan­dar said the fi­nal de­ci­sion could only be made dur­ing the muk­ta­mar, adding that the mo­tion could ben­e­fit Pas splin­ter party Parti Amanah Ne­gara (PAN).

“If there is any mo­tion to cut ties with PKR in Se­lan­gor, it is ef­fec­tively a mo­tion to pull Pas out of the Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment.

“How can Pas func­tion in the state gov­ern­ment if it has no po­lit­i­cal ties with other par­ties?

“Pas has cut ties with DAP, but to do the same with PKR means end­ing the po­lit­i­cal re­la­tion­ship with the menteri be­sar.

“Cut­ting ties with DAP was dif­fer­ent be­cause the menteri be­sar is from PKR. PAN is set to gain if Pas is out of the state gov­ern­ment.

“Our ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lors, vil­lage heads and even nazir of mosques would be re­placed with those from PAN.

“Pas would def­i­nitely lose its in­flu­ence at the grass­roots if this hap­pens. That is the re­al­ity,” he told the New Straits Times.

Khairud­din said the mo­tions did not rep­re­sent Pas’s of­fi­cial stand.

“I think it is nor­mal for youth to act ag­gres­sively (in this mat­ter). It is up to the cen­tral lead­er­ship to eval­u­ate the mo­tions. Se­lan­gor Pas is not bound to their (the Youth di­vi­sions’) views.”

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