‘PAS NOT PULLING OUT 3 SE­LAN­GOR EXCO MEM­BERS’

Our 3 exco men will serve un­til Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor de­cides oth­er­wise, says party

New Straits Times - - Front Page - ADRIAN LAI AND ARFA YUNUS KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

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.”

PIC BY FARIZ ISWADI IS­MAIL

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.

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