In­cum­bents re­tain V-P posts, Nas­rudin ac­cepts loss

New Straits Times - - News -

ALOR STAR: All three sit­ting Pas vice-pres­i­dents — Idris Ahmad, Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Ab­dul­lah and Datuk Iskan­dar Ab­dul Sa­mad — re­tained their posts at the party polls here yes­ter­day.

The re­sults were an­nounced by Pas elec­tion com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Wan Ab­dul Mu­talib Embong at the party’s 63rd muk­ta­mar yes­ter­day.

Pas in­for­ma­tion chief Nas­rudin Has­san Tantawi failed in his bid to win a vice-pres­i­dent’s post.

Idris re­ceived the high­est num­ber of votes with 1,062, fol­lowed by Amar (950) and Iskan­dar (703). Nas­rudin, mean­while, gar­nered 478 votes.

Pas pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang and his deputy, Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, ear­lier re­tained their posts un­con­tested.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, Nas­rudin said he ac­cepted the de­feat, adding that he would con­tinue to serve Pas de­spite the loss.

“Pas has a num­ber of good young lead­ers and they de­serve to lead the party. I know Pas will con­tinue to move for­ward and I will be there with ev­ery­one in our ef­fort to up­hold Is­lam.”

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment, Hadi said the party’s cen­tral com­mit­tee had de­cided to re­in­state Nas­rudin as the party’s in­for­ma­tion chief.

Hadi an­nounced that Datuk Takiyud­din Has­san would be re­in­stated as the party’s sec­re­tary­gen­eral for the 2017-2019 term.

For­mer Pas Youth chief Nik Ab­duh Nik Ab­dul Aziz re­tained his cen­tral com­mit­tee mem­ber’s post yes­ter­day.

The son of the late Pas spir­i­tual leader and for­mer Ke­lan­tan menteri be­sar Datuk Nik Ab­dul Aziz Nik Mat polled the high­est num­ber of votes among 17 other can­di­dates.

The com­mit­tee mem­bers were voted in by 1,102 del­e­gates who cast their votes on Sat­ur­day.

There are four new faces who made it into the com­mit­tee — Dr Hal­imah Ali, Dr Az­man Ibrahim, Ka­maruz­za­man Mo­hamad and Mis­bahul Mu­nir Mas­duki.

In a press con­fer­ence af­ter his wind­ing-up speech, Hadi de­nied claims that Pas was be­com­ing a “dy­nas­tic party” af­ter his son, Muham­mad Khalil, won the Pas Youth chief ’s post un­con­tested.

“Every­body wants their off­springs to fol­low in their foot­steps. But, it was the party that de­cided which post he (Khalil) would hold,” he said.

For the first time ever, the party adopted an e-vot­ing sys­tem, which saw re­sults au­to­mat­i­cally tal­lied af­ter the last del­e­gate had cast his vote.

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