‘GRASSROOTS’ CALL WILL BE HEEDED’
Syura Council will most likely approve motion to sever PKR ties, says Pas veep
THE Pas Syura Council may have the final say in severing ties with PKR, but a senior Pas leader was confident that the grassroots’ call will be heeded.
Pas vice-president Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, in his winding-up speech yesterday, said the council would likely approve the motion to end tahaluf siyasi (political cooperation) with PKR.
“Although the motion is subject to the Syura Council’s approval, I believe this will happen,” he said yesterday.
This follows the calls made by Pas’ Ulama, Youth and Muslimat wings, as well as Pas’ readiness to face the 14th General Election (GE14) alone under the Gagasan Sejahtera banner.
The wings’ motion to cut ties with PKR received overwhelming support from the delegates, and now, it will be deliberated by the Syura Council, the party’s highest decision-making body.
“Let the Syura Council and Pas political bureau study the matter thoroughly. The council needs to evaluate the situation from the syariat perspective,” Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said here yesterday.
He also made it clear Pas was ready to face three-cornered fights against PKR and Barisan Nasional.
He said in Pas’ 65-year history, it had contested several general elections alone.
“There were times we won many seats, but there were also times we ended up with one. So, we do not mind facing multi-cornered fights.”
In his winding-up speech during Pas’ 63rd muktamar here earlier, Hadi said the party would not forsake its Islamic principles for the sake of winning big.
Besides urging party members to give full support to the Syura Council, Hadi said Pas would only work with parties that respected its struggles.
Newly-minted Pas Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi slammed PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali for allegedly labelling Pas a Pak Lebai party.
Khalil, who is also Hadi’s eldest son, said it was the Pak Lebai party that was free from corruption and secular practices.
“It is this Pak Lebai party that had melebaikan (indoctrinated) professionals and activists, and it is this Pak Lebai party that is the main fortress defending Islam,” he said yesterday.
It was reported that Azmin, who is also Selangor menteri besar, tweeted a comment lambasting a Pak Lebai from Pas who supposedly wanted to take over the Selangor government.
Azmin was believed to be referring to former Pas Youth chief Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz, who said Pas may no longer allow PKR to take the lead in Selangor during GE14.
Khalil said Pas Youth was aiming to win the support of at least 60 per cent of the young voters in every state and parliamentary seat contested by Pas.
“Pas’ direction is to go it alone and cooperate with Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia in Gagasan Sejahtera.
“We will be the third political force to face Umno, BN, DAP and Pakatan Harapan.”
Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (centre) with deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (second from left) and (from left) vice-presidents Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, Idris Ahmad and Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad in Kota Sarang Semut yesterday.