SHAH ALAM – PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu today voiced confidence that the Islamist party would remain in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and continue its ‘tahaluf siyasi’ (political cooperation) with its allies in PR, namely DAP and PKR.
Despite receiving strong criticism from DAP on the proposed implementation of hudud in Kelantan, Mohamad said so far, PAS had not made any decision to leave the opposition pact.
He was speaking at a press conference after opening the PAS Youth 56th Muktamar at the State Secretariat building, here, today.
Mohamad was asked to comment on the speech by PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat at the opening ceremony in which he stressed that the movement wanted PAS to remain in PR and to continue its political cooperation with DAP and PKR.
Mohamad believed that PAS Youth which began its muktamar today and the party’s Dewan Muslimat (women’s wing) at its muktamar tomorrow would make the same stand.
Mohamad, who is better known as Mat Sabu, said PAS still needed DAP and PKR’s cooperation, especially in winning seats in the general elections.
Citing PAS’ failure to capture Terengganu in 1999, he said this might not have happened if PAS had cooperated with the alternative front, comprising opposition parties, at the time.
On the absence of DAP representatives at the opening of the PAS Youth Muktamar today, Mohamad said the leaders could have other matters to attend to.
PKR was only represented by its Youth chief, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad while his DAP counterpart, Teo Kok Seong or any other representatives of the party was absent.
A news portal reported today that DAP national organising secretary, Anthony Loke had confirmed that the party would not be attending the PAS Annual Muktamar this time, including its Youth assembly held today and tomorrow.
The rift between the two parties started after PAS tabled the hudud law for implementation in Kelantan which was strongly opposed and criticised by DAP.
The PAS Annual Muktamar, to be held in Kuala Selangor from this Thursday to Saturday, will determine PAS’ stand on whether to remain in PR or not. – BERNAMA