Pas sev­ers ties with PKR

PAS’ high­est de­ci­sion-mak­ing body — the Syura Coun­cil — says PKR has breached three key con­di­tions in its re­la­tion­ship with the party. One of PKR’s ‘fail­ings’ is the lack of sup­port for Pas’ Is­lamic agenda.

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PAS has ended its al­liance with PKR for breach­ing con­di­tions of their tahaluf siyasi or po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion. The Syura Coun­cil, the party’s high­est de­ci­sion-mak­ing body, made the unan­i­mous de­ci­sion here yes­ter­day.

This fol­lowed re­sound­ing calls made by mem­bers who ap­proved a mo­tion to sever ties with PKR at its 63rd muk­ta­mar in Kedah last month.

Prior to the muk­ta­mar, the Pas Ulama, Mus­li­mat and Youth wings pro­posed the mo­tion with­out any de­bate dur­ing their re­spec­tive meet­ings.

Coun­cil sec­re­tary Datuk Dr Nik Muham­mad Zawawi Salleh said the co­op­er­a­tion ended with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

He said PKR had breached many con­di­tions of the po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion, three in par­tic­u­lar.

“Firstly, PKR did not sup­port Pas in some of its Is­lamic agenda, such as Act 355,” he said in ref­er­ence to the Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill tabled by Pas pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang which seeks to amend the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act 1965.

“Sec­ondly, PKR had been crit­i­cal of Pas lead­er­ship and prin­ci­ples as well as mak­ing false ac­cu­sa­tions, taint­ing the party’s im­age.

“Thirdly, PKR has been work­ing with others that are try­ing to top­ple the Ke­lan­tan gov­ern­ment dur­ing the Sun­gai Be­sar and Kuala Kangsar by-elec­tions last year,” he said in an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to PKR’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Parti Amanah Ne­gara that con­tested in the by-elec­tions then.

The Syura Coun­cil meet­ing yes­ter­day was chaired by Pas spir­i­tual leader Hashim Jasin.

Present were Hadi, deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, In­for­ma­tion chief Nas­rudin Has­san and cen­tral com­mit­tee mem­ber Nik Mo­hamad Ab­duh Nik Ab­dul Aziz.

Nik Muham­mad said the is­sue of its mem­bers who were rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment would be de­lib­er­ated by the party’s cen­tral com­mit­tee.

Pas holds 13 of the 56 state seats in Se­lan­gor. The party also has three state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lors in the PKR-led gov­ern­ment.

He said the party would not mind meet­ing PKR if it wanted to dis­cuss the de­ci­sion.

In 2015, the Syura Coun­cil had also en­dorsed the party’s muk­ta­mar de­ci­sion to sever ties with DAP.


(From left) Pas cen­tral com­mit­tee mem­ber Nik Mo­hamad Ab­duh Nik Ab­dul Aziz, Syura Coun­cil sec­re­tary Datuk Dr Nik Muham­mad Zawawi Salleh and In­for­ma­tion chief Nas­rudin Has­san at a press con­fer­ence af­ter the coun­cil’s meet­ing in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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