Re­lin­quish posts in PKR-led gov­ern­ment, Pas exco mem­bers told

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KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Hara­pan lead­ers yes­ter­day took a swipe at Pas for re­main­ing in the Se­lan­gor state gov­ern­ment de­spite of­fi­cially sev­er­ing ties with PKR.

They also urged the three Pas ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil mem­bers in the PKR-led gov­ern­ment to re­lin­quish their posts.

“If (there is) no po­lit­i­cal re­la­tion­ship (with PKR), why are you (Pas) in a coali­tion gov­ern­ment?

“(Go) sit in (the) op­po­si­tion with Umno,” said DAP na­tional pub­lic­ity chief Tony Pua on Face­book yes­ter­day.

The Petaling Jaya Utara mem­ber of par­lia­ment roundly crit­i­cised Se­lan­gor Pas for re­fus­ing to leave the state gov­ern­ment un­til the next gen­eral elec­tion.

The three Pas exco mem­bers 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).

They are part of the state ad­min­is­tra­tion helmed by Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who is also PKR deputy pres­i­dent.

Pas holds 13 seats in the state leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly.

In a re­cent state­ment, Se­lan­gor Pas com­mis­sioner Salle­hen Mukhyi said the de­ci­sion to re­main in the state gov­ern­ment was made out of re­spect for the peo­ple’s man­date in the last gen­eral elec­tion.

Parti Amanah Ne­gara (PAN) com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Khalid Ab­dul Sa­mad also urged the three Pas exco mem­bers to re­sign from their posts.

“There are peo­ple who said PAN is a ‘shame­less’ party. Is this true? (But) it is not us who divorced (PKR). We are still liv­ing to­gether.

“(Pas) sev­ers ties but still has a con­nec­tion (with PKR)?” said the Shah Alam MP on Twit­ter yes­ter­day.

Mean­while, PKR vice-pres­i­dents Tian Chua and Sham­sul Iskan­dar Mohd Akin said they sup­ported party pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail’s stand on the mat­ter.

Dr Wan Az­izah had said the Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment would carry on “as usual” de­spite the split be­tween PKR and Pas.

DAP vice-chair­man Dr Tan Seng Giaw and DAP na­tional or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary An­thony Loke, when con­tacted yes­ter­day, de­clined to comment on the is­sue.

They said the mat­ter should be re­solved be­tween PKR and Pas.

The Se­lan­gor leg­is­la­ture is made up of 14 DAP, 13 PKR, 13 Pas, 11 Umno, two PAN and two in­de­pen­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

In Padang Terap, Umno Supreme Coun­cil mem­ber Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the de­ci­sion by the Pas Syura Coun­cil to cut ties with PKR was “un­sur­pris­ing”.

“The de­ci­sion is not shock­ing be­cause Pas del­e­gates had unan­i­mously sup­ported the mo­tion to end the party’s ties with PKR.

“The Syura Coun­cil has made it clear that PKR breached their three terms in the tahaluf siyasi (po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion),” he said af­ter launch­ing the na­tional-level Shields — a drug abuse pre­ven­tion pro­gramme for se­condary school stu­dents — at Kolej Mara Kuala Nerang here yes­ter­day.

Mahdzir said Umno would fo­cus on strength­en­ing its ma­chin­ery in­stead of re­ly­ing on the op­po­si­tion’s weak­ness to win the next gen­eral elec­tion.

Kedah Umno Youth chief Datuk Shai­ful Haz­izy Zainol Abidin praised the Pas Syura Coun­cil for re­spect­ing the wishes of its party mem­bers.

“Umno Youth is con­fi­dent that the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion will help re­store Pas’s im­age as a party that up­holds Is­lam, es­pe­cially af­ter it was dragged into is­sues with the DAP and PKR lead­er­ships,” he said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

Khalid Ab­dul Sa­mad

Tony Pua

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