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No DAP Rep Present At 61st PAS Muktamar

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KUALA SELANGOR – No one from the DAP was seen present at the PAS’s 61st Muktamar or annual conference, held at the Kuala Selangor Indoor Stadium here, today.

As a component party in the opposition coalition, the absence of DAP leaders at the conference which will be held from today until Saturday, definitely raises questions.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said DAP’s decision not to send a representative of the party to the muktamar was up to them.

“It is up to DAP, (you) have to ask DAP…but we invited all (component parties in the opposition coalition) to be present (and) enliven the muktamar,” he told reporters after opening the muktamar here.

However, Parti Keadilan Rakat’s deputy president, who is also Selangor Menteri Besar, Mohamed Azmin Ali, attended the muktamar’s opening ceremony.

The crisis between PAS and DAP deepened further last night when the PAS Ulama Council passed an emergency motion to sever its ties with DAP but continue to collaborate with PKR and the pact.

The emergency motion was tabled following DAP’s move to vocally oppose the principles championed by PAS, such as the implementation of hudud, as well as DAP leaders’ conduct in condemning and severing ties with Abdul Hadi.

In this regard, Azmin told reporters that the emergency motion tabled at the PAS Ulama Council was a democratic process within a party, and all parties should respect the proposal.

He said the proposal was brought up by only one of the PAS wings, adding that the party had two other wings, namely PAS Youth and PAS Muslimat.

“It (the proposal by the Ulama Council) is part of the democratic process in a political party, we have to respect the views and proposals that have been presented but ultimately the speech of the president as head of the party, will shape the future and direction of the party as well as PR, where it must be viewed positively by all parties,” he said.

Meanwhile, when met by reporters, PAS Ulama Council chairman Datuk Dr Mahfouz Mohamed said the emergency motion which was unanimously agreed upon by the council was a warning to DAP not to interfere with the princicples championed by PAS individually, and to stop attacking Abdul Hadi.

“All this time we have been quiet because we have a relationship in PR, so it (the proposal) is a warning…they should not interfere with us, because we also do not interfere in their business,” he said.

When asked about the Ulama Council’s decision to voice out on the crisis between PAS and DAP as opposed to the other wings of the party, Mahfouz said as the most senior wing in the party, it was natural for it make the first move to voice out on the matter.

Meanwhile, PAS Youth chief Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz said the emergency motion did not differ greatly with views of the Youth wing, considering that the Ulama Council still wants to remain in PR and continue its political ties with PKR. – BERNAMA

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