An­war doubts Pas’s rea­sons to cut ties

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KUALA LUMPUR: PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim has doubted rea­sons out­lined by Pas to sever ties be­tween the two par­ties, par­tic­u­larly on mat­ters re­lat­ing to the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act 1965 (Act 355).

An­war said it was clear that the Pas leadership did not com­pre­hend PKR’s stand on Act 355, which recog­nised Pas pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang’s rights as a par­lia­men­tar­ian to ta­ble a pro­posed amend­ments to the said law.

“I un­der­stand that this is the de­ci­sion made by the Pas leadership.


I’m doubt­ful (over the said de­ci­sion) be­cause the rea­sons were in­cor­rect, es­pe­cially con­cern­ing Act 355.

“It is clear that the Pas leadership did not study the state­ment made by PKR pres­i­dent (An­war’s wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail) and I, which recog­nised Hadi’s rights, apart from propos­ing for it (the pri­vate mem­ber’s bill) to be re­ferred to the select com­mit­tee.”

An­war re­it­er­ated that PKR had never be­trayed the po­lit­i­cal pact with Pas and that ef­forts had been made to pre­serve the ties.

An­war at­tempted to shift blame to the Barisan Na­sional gov­ern­ment for its de­ci­sion to main­tain Hadi’s pri­vate mem­ber’s bill as it is.

“The gov­ern­ment has made a stand to not ta­ble the bill as its own, which means the pro­posed amend­ments to Act 355 will end up be­ing shelved. It is weird that Umno has not been blamed over this.”

Hadi had, on April 6, tabled the bill at Par­lia­ment.

Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim

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