‘PKR RES­IG­NA­TIONS WILL NOT AF­FECT KE­LAN­TAN AD­MIN’

Res­ig­na­tion of PKR mem­bers will not in­ter­fere with run­ning of state, says Pas deputy chief

New Straits Times - - Front Page - NOR AIN MO­HAMED RADHI AND KALBANA PERIMBANAYAGAM KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

PAS is op­ti­mistic that the state gov­ern­ment’s ad­min­is­tra­tion in Ke­lan­tan will not be af­fected if po­lit­i­cal ap­pointees from PKR give up their posts.

Pas deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the sit­u­a­tion in Ke­lan­tan was dif­fer­ent from that of Pas’ ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil mem­bers in the Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment.

He said any de­ci­sion on three Pas exco mem­bers in Se­lan­gor would af­fect the struc­ture of the state ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“Whereas in Ke­lan­tan, the res­ig­na­tions of (PKR mem­bers) will not af­fect the state ad­min­is­tra­tion,” he said yes­ter­day.

Ke­lan­tan Deputy Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Ab­dul­lah yes­ter­day said there were 75 po­lit­i­cal ap­pointees from PKR in var­i­ous po­si­tions, in­clud­ing six par­lia­men­tary and state con­stituency su­per­vi­sors, 39 mu­nic­i­pal and dis­trict coun­cil­lors and 14 vil­lage head­men.

On Tues­day, PKR pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail had re­port­edly or­dered its po­lit­i­cal ap­pointees in the Ke­lan­tan gov­ern­ment to re­sign.

The di­rec­tive fol­lowed Pas’ de­ci­sion to sever its tahaluf siyasi (po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion) with PKR on May 11.

Tuan Ibrahim said the Ke­lan­tan gov­ern­ment had de­cided to al­low the po­lit­i­cal ap­pointees from PKR to keep their posts un­til the next gen­eral elec­tion.

“How­ever, it all de­pends on whether they choose to re­sign.”

On the po­si­tion of the three Pas exco mem­bers in the Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment, Tuan Ibrahim said Pas would wait for a de­ci­sion from Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor Sul­tan Shara­fud­din Idris Shah.

It was re­ported that the sul­tan had yet to re­ceive an of­fi­cial state­ment from the state gov­ern­ment on the po­si­tion of the three mem­bers.

The three 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).

Mean­while, Parti Amanah Ne­gara (PAN) deputy pres­i­dent Salahud­din Ayub said the party re­spected PKR’s de­ci­sion to end the tahaluf siyasi with Pas.

He said the call for the im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion of PKR mem­bers in the Ke­lan­tan gov­ern­ment should not only be com­pli­mented, but also em­u­lated by other par­ties.

“This de­ci­sion shows that PKR is se­ri­ous and chooses to with­draw from state gov­ern­ment po­si­tions with dig­nity.

“This is the gen­tle­man’s way. Now, af­ter the tahaluf siyasi has ended, it is up to Pas.

“Are they go­ing to hold on to their posts in Se­lan­gor or act with pride?” he said at PAN’s head­quar­ters in Ta­man Wahyu here yes­ter­day.

Salahud­din said Dr Wan Az­izah’s call for PKR mem­bers to re­sign from their posts in Ke­lan­tan should serve as a les­son for oth­ers to fol­low.

“We be­lieve that the de­ci­sion was made col­lec­tively. PKR seems to be se­ri­ous about go­ing ahead and fac­ing the gen­eral elec­tion with­out Pas in the op­po­si­tion pact,” he said.

Pas of­fi­cially ended its 18 years of co­op­er­a­tion with PKR, with the Syura Coun­cil de­cid­ing that the move was nec­es­sary to de­fend the party’s Is­lamic agenda.

The Syura Coun­cil, Pas’s high­est de­ci­sion-mak­ing body, had re­port­edly ac­cused PKR of breach­ing many terms of its con­di­tional co­op­er­a­tion with Pas.

Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man

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