The ‘di­vorce pro­ceed­ings’ of PKR and Pas

New Straits Times - - News -

IN the build-up to the 63rd Pas an­nual gen­eral as­sem­bly (muk­ta­mar), which ended ear­lier this month, the Is­lamic party’s for­mer Youth chief, Suhaizan Kayat, had cast se­ri­ous doubt on the party’s will to sever its tahaluf siyasi (po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion) with PKR.

The Parti Amanah Ne­gara na­tional or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary said he was not con­vinced that Pas’ Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­bers and its Syura Coun­cil (Pas’ high­est de­ci­sion-mak­ing body) would have the guts to fi­nally sign the “di­vorce pa­pers” at the muk­ta­mar as they feared los­ing what he called “cash and power” in Se­lan­gor.

Suhaizan did not hold back when slam­ming Pas lead­ers for drag­ging their feet, de­spite calls by a ma­jor­ity of the party divi­sions prior to the muk­ta­mar. He was right. Pas did not de­cide on the mat­ter de­spite all of its three wings — Ulama, Mus­li­mat and Youth — unan­i­mously vot­ing in favour of sev­er­ing ties with PKR.

De­spite the over­whelm­ing an­tiPKR sen­ti­ment, Pas elec­tion di­rec­tor Datuk Mustafa Ali, dur­ing his wind­ing-up speech, re­minded party del­e­gates that the call should be eval­u­ated del­i­cately.

Mustafa pre­sented pre­vi­ous gen­eral elec­tion re­sults to prove that Pas did bet­ter in a coali­tion com­pared with fight­ing a lone bat­tle, in front of the 1,200 del­e­gates who were riled by fiery speeches dur­ing the muk­ta­mar.

Many po­lit­i­cal ob­servers said they were not sur­prised that Pas did not make its stand on PKR at the muk­ta­mar, with some brand­ing the as­sem­bly as noth­ing more than a staged drama.

How­ever, five days af­ter the muk­ta­mar, Pas an­nounced that Mustafa had been dropped as the party elec­tion di­rec­tor to be re­placed by Dr Ah­mad Sam­suri Mokhtar, who is Pas pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang’s po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tary.

Five days later, the Syura Coun­cil an­nounced that the party de­cided to end its tahaluf siyasi with PKR, af­firm­ing the sen­ti­ment of the muk­ta­mar.

It was the most an­tic­i­pated news by Suhaizan and his com­rades in PAN, but the bat­tle is still far from over — they are de­mand­ing for the three Pas ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lors in the PKRled Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment re­lin­quish their posts, in line with the Syura Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to end ties with PKR.

Pas Se­lan­gor, how­ever, is not show­ing any ur­gency to do so, on the grounds that Pas must stay on un­til the next gen­eral elec­tion “to pre­vent DAP from do­ing evil in Se­lan­gor”.

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