Pas was un­fair to us, says Ke­lan­tan del­e­gate

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SHAH ALAM: Del­e­gates at the PKR Youth Na­tional Congress yes­ter­day said Pas is to blame if there are three-cor­nered fights in the up­com­ing 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion (GE14).

Ke­lan­tan del­e­gate Dr Mohd Hafidz Rizal Am­ran, in de­bat­ing PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ah­mad’s open­ing speech, said the way Pas ended its tahaluf siyasi (po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion) with PKR was not right.

“In Is­lam, dis­cus­sion is en­cour­aged, but they (Pas) just cut ties with­out dis­cussing the mat­ter.

“If there are three-cor­nered fights in GE14, whose fault is it?” he asked as del­e­gates re­sponded with “Pas”.

On May 11, Pas of­fi­cially ended its 18-year co­op­er­a­tion with PKR, with the Syura Coun­cil, Pas’s high­est decision-mak­ing body, de­cid­ing that the move was nec­es­sary to de­fend the party’s Is­lamic agenda.

The coun­cil ac­cused PKR of break­ing many terms of its con­di­tional co­op­er­a­tion with Pas, fail­ing to sup­port its Is­lamic agenda and work­ing against it in two by-elec­tions last year.

Hafidz said it was not fair for Pas to ac­cuse PKR of not sup­port­ing its agenda when jailed PKR leader Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim had voiced sup­port for the tabling of the pri­vate mem­ber’s bill in Par­lia­ment to amend the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act 1965, also known as RUU355.

“We have been ac­cused of many things, such as not sup­port­ing RUU355, but our leader (An­war) has sup­ported the tabling of the bill though he is still in prison.

“How can they say we don’t sup­port them?”

RUU355, which was first moved by Pas pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang, seeks to in­crease the syariah courts’ pun­ish­ment caps to 30 years’ jail, a fine of up to RM100,000 and up to 100 strokes of the rotan.

Cur­rently, pun­ish­ments are capped at three years’ jail, fine of up to RM5,000 and six strokes of the rotan.

Dr Mohd Hafidz Rizal Am­ran

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