‘Pas right in telling its exco men to re­main’

New Straits Times - - News -

KOTA BARU: Pas was right in in­struct­ing its three ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lors (exco) in Se­lan­gor to hold on to their posts, said Ke­lan­tan Pas sec­re­tary Datuk Che Ab­dul­lah Mat Nawi yes­ter­day.

He said this fol­low­ing Se­lan­gor Menteri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s re­cent de­ci­sion to re­tain the three in the state ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“The de­ci­sion is in line with Pas’ stand that the three exco mem­bers should con­tinue ful­fill­ing the man­date given by the peo­ple.

“They should be given a chance to carry on with their work. Par­ties that have been pres­sur­ing them to step down should stop do­ing so,” he told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

Ab­dul­lah said Parti Amanah Na­sional (PAN), which had been clam­our­ing for its own as­sem­bly­men to re­place the three exco mem­bers, should re­mem­ber that the PAN lead­ers were elected un­der the Pas ticket in the last general elec­tion.

Ear­lier this month, the Pas top lead­er­ship re­solved to end its po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion with PKR, cit­ing sev­eral terms of agree­ment that PKR had vi­o­lated.

This had prompted the Is­lamic party’s de­trac­tors, in par­tic­u­lar Pas’s off­shoot PAN, to urge the three exco mem­bers to re­lin­quish their posts in the PKR-led state gov­ern­ment.

On Mon­day, Azmin, who is also PKR deputy pres­i­dent, was spot­ted en­gag­ing in a dis­cus­sion with Se­lan­gor Pas lead­ers dur­ing a func­tion in Sek­in­chan.

PKR pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail, the fol­low­ing day, re­vealed that Pas’ 13 state as­sem­bly­men, in­clud­ing three exco mem­bers, had agreed to con­tinue sup­port­ing com­mon poli­cies based on the Buku Jingga agenda.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Wan Az­izah, Azmin had ex­plained to PKR’s po­lit­i­cal bureau that the move was to en­sure sta­bil­ity in the state gov­ern­ment ahead of the 14th General Elec­tion.

This, she said, would also en­able ef­forts to de­velop Se­lan­gor to con­tinue, in line with the man­date given by the peo­ple.

On a re­lated mat­ter, Ab­dul­lah said the Ke­lan­tan gov­ern­ment would re­place PKR mem­bers who failed to carry out their du­ties in the state’s dis­trict coun­cils.

He said this fol­low­ing the ab­sence of three PKR mem­bers, who were ap­pointed to the Pasir Puteh Dis­trict Coun­cil, from their swear­ing-in cer­e­mony re­cently.

Datuk Che Ab­dul­lah Mat Nawi

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