PAS is in a dilemma as the party leaders fight to stay relevant to Pakatan Rakyat (PR) or go on its own given the present scenario where it is now considered as a â€˜thorn in the backâ€™ by its partners DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
While within the party itself, the moderates who are aligned to PKR de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim are calling the leadership to continue being in PR while the fundamentalists are indirectly calling to quit.
PAS fundamentalists leadership led by president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is in a Catch 22 position as they see the moderates are getting an upper hand while at the same time the party is being treated as â€˜second classâ€™ in the opposition pact.
In Selangor, the party now has only three exco members from four previously although the party has the highest number of seats which is 15 compared to PKR 13 and DAP 15.
The reduction of exco members in the new Menteri Besar Azmin Ali line-up is considered as a â€˜slapâ€™ in the party leadership face and the suspension of the partyâ€™s Penang treasurer Iszuree Ibrahim is more than a slap.
Iszuree had alleged that Penang state government was developer-friendly for prioritizing developer more than traditional residents in the name of development.
Prior to this, Penang Chief Minister who is also DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had sued PAS Temerloh MP Nasaruddin Tantawi for questioning the difference in awarding contracts between Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) and Penangâ€™s underground tunnel when Lim raised the Kidex issue at the height of Selangor Menteri Besar saga.
And the latest was early this month where PAS leadership did not support PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail as nominee for Selangor Menteri Besar further strains the relationship which is now considered as under â€˜reviewâ€™.
The party fundamentalists leadership through its president, in the party muktamar in Batu Pahat, Johor, had openly and directly hit out at PKR using words of â€˜brokers and pimpsâ€™ for the deviation of loyalty of two of its assemblymen Gombakâ€™s Shaari Sungip and Moribâ€™s Hasnul Baharuddin in supporting Wan Azizah for Menteri Besar which was against the partyâ€™s stand.
The â€˜war of wordsâ€™ have now become too much to be considered as mere quarrels following the actions of suspending Iszuree and the reduced in exco members from PAS in the new Selangor state government.
The fundamentalists have now began mulling over the mistake of being â€˜too deeplyâ€™ involved in the opposition pact where the party is not only unable to further its Islamic course, worse off, the party is seen as â€˜second classâ€™ and â€˜obstaclesâ€™ to the pactâ€™s agenda.
The call to review the partyâ€™s position in PR was even made by the party Ulamak Council whose resolution is always considered as the guideline to the partyâ€™s future path.
And this time around, with pressure from the moderates who clearly sided Anwar on Selangor Menteri Besar issue and who kept quiet on actions taken by Penang Chief Minister, the party fundamentalist leadership has no choice but to take seriously the Ulamauk Councilâ€™s call.MYNEWSHUB
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