FATE OF PAS EXCO MEM­BERS UN­CER­TAIN

Sta­tus of trio to be de­cided af­ter talks with PKR pres­i­dent, says Azmin

New Straits Times - - News - NOR AIN MO­HAMED RADHI RAWANG ain­radhi@nst.com.my

THE fate of three Pas ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil mem­bers in Se­lan­gor is hang­ing in the bal­ance fol­low­ing the Is­lamic party’s de­ci­sion to sever ties with PKR.

This came af­ter Se­lan­gor Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali made it clear that he would dis­cuss the trio’s sta­tus with PKR pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail.

Azmin said he had sum­moned the three exco mem­bers to clar­ify Pas’s move to cut ties with PKR.

They are Datuk Iskan­dar Ab­dul Sa­mad, who is the hous­ing, build­ing man­age­ment and ur­ban set­tle­ment com­mit­tee chair­man; Zaidy Ab­dul Talib (state in­fra­struc­ture, pub­lic ameni­ties and agro-based in­dus­try) and Datuk Dr Ah­mad Yunus Hairi (Is­lamic Af­fairs).

“This morn­ing (yes­ter­day), I asked them to ex­plain to me how they can func­tion ef­fec­tively and, at the same time, not have any po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion with PKR.

“They have given their ex­pla­na­tions and I will dis­cuss this fur­ther with Dr Wan Az­izah be­fore any de­ci­sion is made,” he said af­ter the open­ing of the Pero­dua Mosque here yes­ter­day.

Azmin was ac­com­pa­ny­ing Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor Sul­tan Shara­fud­din Idris Shah, who of­fi­ci­ated the mosque.

Azmin, who is also PKR deputy pres­i­dent, re­fused to comment on whether he was con­vinced by the ex­pla­na­tion given by the three.

He said Sul­tan Shara­fud­din had been in­formed on the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Se­lan­gor, adding that there was no need for a state elec­tion to be held as man­date given by the peo­ple in the 13th Gen­eral Elec­tion was in­tact.

“The pri­or­ity is to en­sure sta­bil­ity in the state, as well as to con­tinue with the man­date given by the peo­ple.”

On Thurs­day, Pas, through its Syura Coun­cil, ended its al­liance with PKR for breach­ing con­di­tions of their tahaluf siyasi, or po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion.

Coun­cil sec­re­tary Datuk Dr Nik Muham­mad Zawawi Salleh had said the de­ci­sion was made af­ter PKR breached sev­eral con­di­tions of the po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion.

Chief among them was PKR’s de­ci­sion not to sup­port Pas’s plan to em­power the Syariah courts by amend­ing the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act 1965.

The coun­cil had also ac­cused PKR of crit­i­cis­ing the Pas lead­er­ship and prin­ci­ples, as well as mak­ing false ac­cu­sa­tions to taint the party’s im­age.

PKR was also ac­cused of work­ing with oth­ers that were try­ing to top­ple the Pas-led Ke­lan­tan gov­ern­ment dur­ing the Sun­gai Be­sar and Kuala Kangsar by-elec­tions last year.

Azmin later ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment with the Syura Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion.

“There are dif­fer­ences be­tween us, but we have been work­ing to­gether since 2008. We have achieved many suc­cesses through­out these eight years.

“I have done ev­ery­thing I could to mit­i­gate the prob­lems through en­gage­ments, con­sul­ta­tions and meet­ings. But, pa­tience has its lim­its.

“I have done my part to en­sure that the po­lit­i­cal coali­tion is in­tact. It is very un­for­tu­nate that Pas has de­cided to cut ties with PKR.”

When asked whether PKR was ready to dis­cuss seat al­lo­ca­tions with Pas, he said: “No, be­cause the de­ci­sion to sever ties was made by Pas.”

He also said PKR was ready to face any even­tu­al­i­ties in the up­com­ing 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion.

“As a po­lit­i­cal party, we have to be pre­pared for any even­tu­al­i­ties, even three-cor­nered fights with Pas,” he said.

Pas holds 13 of the 56 seats in the Se­lan­gor state as­sem­bly.

ROSDAN WAHID PIC BY

Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor Sul­tan Shara­fud­din Idris Shah ac­com­pa­nied by Se­lan­gor Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (front row, left) at the Pero­dua Mosque in Rawang yes­ter­day. With them is Pero­dua chair­man Tan Sri As­mat Ka­malud­din (front row, right).

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