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.
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.