‘GRASS­ROOTS’ CALL WILL BE HEEDED’

Syura Coun­cil will most likely ap­prove mo­tion to sever PKR ties, says Pas veep

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ALOR STAR

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.”

PIC BY AMRAN HAMID

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.

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