Pas’ future in Selangor govt hangs in the balance
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.