Pas’ fu­ture in Se­lan­gor govt hangs in the bal­ance

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It is widely spec­u­lated that Pas will not in­struct its lead­ers in Se­lan­gor to va­cate their posts un­til Par­lia­ment is dis­solved to pave way for the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion (GE14).

The rea­son is sim­ple: they will hold the fort for as long as pos­si­ble to block PAN lead­ers from be­ing ap­pointed into the Se­lan­gor ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil, which will open the flood­gates for the Pas splin­ter party to strengthen its po­si­tion in the Se­lan­gor Pakatan Hara­pan pact.

How­ever, Pas’ fu­ture in the Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment now hangs in the bal­ance af­ter PKR on Tues­day or­dered all of its lead­ers and mem­bers to re­lin­quish their po­si­tions in the Pas-led Ke­lan­tan gov­ern­ment.

PKR pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail said the de­ci­sion was made fol­low­ing the Syura Coun­cil’s move to end its co­op­er­a­tion with the party.

She also made it clear that the party’s po­lit­i­cal bu­reau would only de­cide on the fate of three Pas ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lors in the PKRled Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment af­ter Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali re­turns from abroad.

Could this be a sig­nal from PKR to Pas ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lors in Se­lan­gor, in the most po­lite ges­ture, to grace­fully ten­der their res­ig­na­tion?

Yes­ter­day, in Kedah, Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) pres­i­dent Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin stressed that it was high time for Pakatan Hara­pan to move for­ward with­out Pas and pre­pare to face a three-cor­nered fight with Pas and Barisan Na­sional in GE14.

Po­lit­i­cal pun­dits are plac­ing their bets that BN will reap ben­e­fits from the dis­unity within the op­po­si­tion front, espe­cially af­ter Pas de­cided to form a third bloc un­der the Ga­gasan Se­jahtera ban­ner.

Judg­ing by BN’s thump­ing vic­to­ries in the Kuala Kangsar and Sun­gai Be­sar by-elec­tions, this is al­most cer­tain and even PPBM chair­man Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad ad­mit­ted that Pas was hand­ing vic­tory to BN by de­cid­ing to stay out of the Pakatan pact.

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