MA­JOR­ITY OF PAS DI­VI­SIONS IN PE­NANG PASS MO­TION TO END TIES WITH PKR

They have passed mo­tions to be tabled in muk­ta­mar

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IN what ap­pears to be the clear­est sign yet of the crum­bling PKR-Pas ties, a ma­jor­ity of the Is­lamic party’s Pe­nang di­vi­sions have each passed a mo­tion on end­ing the po­lit­i­cal pact, which will be sub­mit­ted dur­ing its muk­ta­mar next month.

Ten out of 13 Pas di­vi­sions in the state have passed the mo­tion.

On March 19, the party’s Per­matang Pauh and Bayan Baru di­vi­sions ap­proved the mo­tion to sever ties with PKR.

Last week­end, eight other Pas di­vi­sions passed sim­i­lar mo­tions. They are the di­vi­sions in Ni­bong Te­bal, Kepala Batas, Tasek Gel­u­gor, Bukit Mer­ta­jam, Bukit Ben­dera, Ba­lik Pu­lau, Je­lu­tong and Bukit Gel­u­gor.

The Bukit Gel­u­gor Pas divi- sion was crip­pled after al­most 80 per cent of its com­mit­tee mem­bers, in­clud­ing Parit Bun­tar mem­ber of par­lia­ment Datuk Dr Mu­jahid Yu­sof, left to join Parti Amanah Ne­gara (PAN).

Three more di­vi­sions which have yet to con­duct an­nual gen­eral meet­ings are Ba­gan, Batu Kawan and Tan­jung. They are ex­pected to pass sim­i­lar mo­tions.

Bukit Mer­ta­jam Pas divi­sion chief Mohd Yusni Mat Piah said the divi­sion ac­cepted the mo­tion, which was brought by its Youth wing to sever the “tahaluf siyasi” (po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion) with PKR.

“The mo­tion was unan­i­mously ac­cepted by the del­e­gates present,” Yusni said.

State Pas com­mis­sioner Muham­mad Fauzi Yu­sof said the mo­tions came about after PKR showed its in­cli­na­tion to­wards DAP in many is­sues, es­pe­cially in the is­suance of re­li­gious edicts.

Last month, Pas is­sued an ul­ti­ma­tum to PKR to drop DAP and PAN or lose Pas after is­su­ing a sim­i­lar ul­ti­ma­tum to Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM).

Pas pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang had made it clear that his party would not work with DAP and PAN, or those as­so­ci­ated with them.

Although Pakatan Rakyat was dis­solved fol­low­ing the pro­tracted spat be­tween Pas and DAP over syariah law, PKR and the for­mer re­mained in a side pact to pre­serve the Se­lan­gor tri­par­tite gov­ern­ment.

In Alor Star, PKR deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Azmin Ali ad­mit­ted it was dif­fi­cult to con­vince Pas to take part in straight fights against Barisan Na­sional in the next gen­eral elec­tion.

“It is eas­ier said than done. We can­not take lightly the pub­lic per­cep­tion of us. If we want to con­vince peo­ple that we can take over the gov­ern­ment, we should unite,” he said.

Azmin, how­ever, did not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of form­ing “sep­a­rate elec­toral pacts at na­tional and state lev­els”, while ex­press­ing hope that Pas would re­con­sider join­ing the op­po­si­tion al­liance.

He said PKR’s po­lit­i­cal bureau in a meet­ing ear­lier this month had de­cided to hold a dis­cus­sion with Pas on the mat­ter. Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Em­bun Ma­jid

Datuk Seri Azmin Ali

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