‘Up to the syura coun­cil to de­cide on col­lab­o­ra­tions’

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

KUALA TERENG­GANU: The PAS syura coun­cil will have the fi­nal say on any pro­posed po­lit­i­cal col­lab­o­ra­tion with other par­ties, in­clud­ing Umno.

The 64th PAS muk­ta­mar unan­i­mously adopted a mo­tion that gave the man­date to the coun­cil and PAS lead­er­ship to de­cide on any po­lit­i­cal al­liances.

The mo­tion did not specif­i­cally men­tion Umno or any other party but it re­flected one of the main talk­ing points of the as­sem­bly – the al­liance be­tween PAS and Umno.

“We are ask­ing that a man­date be given to the syura coun­cil and the PAS cen­tral lead­er­ship to de­cide on the di­rec­tion and the role of PAS among op­po­si­tion par­ties,” the mo­tion read.

“The syura coun­cil will then fi­nalise what­ever de­ci­sion is made.

“An of­fi­cial state­ment on the mat­ter should be is­sued by the syura coun­cil,” it added.

The mo­tion was pro­posed by the Kota Raja and Leng­gong PAS di­vi­sions.

On Satur­day, Umno lead­ers, in­clud­ing its pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi, at­tended the open­ing of the gen­eral as­sem­bly.

Dr Ah­mad Zahid said the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Umno and PAS was a for­mal po­lit­i­cal col­lab­o­ra­tion of op­po­si­tion par­ties.

Also present were MIC lead­ers, led by its deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Seri S.K. De­va­many, who con­firmed their wish to be al­lied with PAS.

In his key­note ad­dress, PAS pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang said the party, un­der the Is­lamic con­cept of tahal­luf (co­op­er­a­tion), was will­ing to be friendly with po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents for the greater good.

The as­sem­bly also saw PAS giv­ing a re­sound­ing “no” to the recog­ni­tion of the Uni­fied Ex­am­i­na­tion Cer­tifi­cate (UEC) in Malaysia.

Del­e­gates unan­i­mously voted to re­ject the UEC be­ing used for ad­mis­sion into pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties and the pub­lic sec­tor.

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