‘PAS NOT PULLING OUT 3 SELANGOR EXCO MEMBERS’
Our 3 exco men will serve until Sultan of Selangor decides otherwise, says party
PAS is adamant that it will not pull out its three executive councillors from the Selangor state government. Pas deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said Pas had decided the executive councillors should remain in the PKRled state administration.
He said this was based on the state constitution, which stipulated that an exco member shall serve until Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah decided differently.
“The party’s central committee has reaffirmed the Syura Council’s decision to sever ties with PKR and we will inform the Selangor government about this.
“As for the status of our three exco members in Selangor, we have said before that they were appointed by the Sultan of Selangor and we will wait for the latest developments.
“For now, we will remain in the government as we feel that the running of the administration will be smooth and we do not want to disrupt it,” he said after chairing a special meeting here yesterday.
Article 53 (7) of the state constitution spells out that an exco member, aside from the menteri besar, must maintain his position at His Majesty’s pleasure.
Last Thursday, Pas officially ended its 18 years of cooperation with PKR when the Syura Council decided that the move was necessary to defend the party’s Islamic agenda.
The Syura Council had reportedly accused PKR of breaking many terms of its conditional cooperation with Pas, citing failure of PKR to support Islamic agenda, and working against Pas in two by-elections last year.
It was reported in a local daily yesterday that all 13 Pas assemblymen would quit the Selangor government if the three exco members were instructed to resign.
The report claimed that such a decision would rock the Selangor government as it would leave Pakatan Harapan on the edge with only 29 assemblymen in the 56-seat state assembly.
Pas secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, during the same press conference, refuted the claim, saying that it was false and that Pas had never made such a statement.
“The three were appointed at the pleasure of the sultan on the advice of Selangor menteri besar, and so, they can resign if they want to.
“But, Pas has stated its stand that our decision will be in line with the sultan’s.
“As for PKR, they have yet to make any decision since they are waiting for the menteri besar (Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali) to come back (from overseas).”
The three Selangor Pas state exco members are Datuk Iskandar
For now, we will remain in the government as we feel that the running of the administration will be smooth and we do not want to disrupt it. DATUK TUAN IBRAHIM TUAN MAN Pas deputy president
Samad Iskandar, Datuk Ahmad Yunus Hairi and Zaidy Abdul Talib.
Selangor Wanita PKR chief Haniza Talha expressed agreement with Pas’ decision.
“It is the duty of elected representatives to serve the people.
“If you are just thinking about leaving the government, it’s just nonsense and a waste of time.”
Pas deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (second from left) and Pas secretarygeneral Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan
(centre) holding a press conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.