PAS SEVERS TIES WITH PKR, DAP

A MO­TION to end ties with once-staunch ally PKR is passed at the Is­lamist party’s muk­ta­mar. Del­e­gates also want Pas to field can­di­dates in all PKR-con­tested seats in the up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion. They are equally stri­dent against DAP, with one del­e­gate l

New Straits Times - - News - » PAS MUK­TA­MAR RE­PORTS

PAS del­e­gates passed a mo­tion to sever ties with PKR at the party’s 63rd muk­ta­mar here yes­ter­day, de­liv­er­ing a sound mes­sage they are ready to face the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion as the coun­try’s third po­lit­i­cal bloc.

The del­e­gates had also passed an­other mo­tion call­ing for the party to field its can­di­dates in all seats con­tested by PKR.

The mo­tion to end the tahaluf siyasi (po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion) with PKR was tabled by a del­e­gate from the Ulama wing, Zulk­i­fli Is­mail, and was de­bated and sec­onded by Pas Pasir Mas del­e­gate Ah­mad Fad­zli Shaari.

Pas had set “Pros­per with Is­lam” as its theme ahead of the elec­tions and as­serted it was ready to face the polls on its own un­der its new ban­ner, Ga­gasan Se­jahtera.

In his fiery speech, Zulk­i­fli said the co­op­er­a­tion should be sev­ered as PKR was not a trusted ally and cited PKR’s move to sup­port Parti Amanah Ne­gara (PAN), which con­tested against Pas in the Kuala Kangsar and Sun­gai Be­sar by-elec­tions, as a clear in­di­ca­tor.

“PKR had failed to pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant sup­port to Pas’s ef­fort to ta­ble the bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion), or Act 355, and seems to be sid­ing with DAP, which has strongly ob­jected to the bill,” he said.

The mo­tion to field can­di­dates in all PKR seats was moved by Pas Kota Raja and Kuala Terengganu on the grounds that PKR was part of the Pakatan Hara­pan pact.

The mo­tion was one of eight that were ap­proved by the del­e­gates with­out be­ing de­bated.

The fiery one-day de­bate was con­cluded when the del­e­gates unan­i­mously ap­proved the mo­tion to sever ties with PKR, re­in­forc­ing an ear­lier sim­i­lar mo­tion ap­proved by the party’s Ulama, Mus­li­mat and Youth wings.

Pas Youth rep­re­sen­ta­tive Muhammad Ibrahim, in his speech while mov­ing the mo­tion, called on the gov­ern­ment to form an in­ter­ra­cial com­mit­tee to ad­dress is­sues per­tain­ing to ra­cial and re­li­gious sen­si­tiv­i­ties.

He called for Pas lead­er­ship to con­demn DAP, PAN, MIC, MCA, Ger­akan and oth­ers who have in­sulted Is­lam.

The Pas cen­tral del­e­gates are ex­pect­ing the party lead­er­ship, in par­tic­u­lar, pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang, to re­spond dur­ing his wind­ing-up speech to­day. Page 1 pic: Del­e­gates re­act­ing at the de­bate of the pres­i­dent’s key­note speech in Kota Sarang Se­mut yes­ter­day.

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