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PAS May Stay Out Of Permatang Pauh By-Election

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PETALING JAYA: PAS may stay out of Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election given the sour relationship the Islamist party current undergo with DAP and certain personalities in Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

PAS will not make any official announcement on the matter just like it did on Kajang state seat by-election in Selangor as the Islamist party will still want to ‘park’ itself in the opposition pact.

Two things that the Islamist party will take the stay out stand – PKR’s nepotism and DAP’s anti-Hudud principle.

The Islamist party has had a rough time in the pact since January last year when PKR de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim created the Kajang Move to position his wife who is also PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail as Selangor Menteri Besar.

PAS had stay out of the by-election allowing only few of its branches and members as well leaders who re closed to Anwar to campaign as the Islamist party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had considered the move as ‘unnecessary’.

And Hadi’s objection to the move was open and clear when he opposed the proposal to have Wan Azizah as Menteri Besar, which got the DAP angry and the verbal match and banter began between the two parties.

The verbal clash on ideology between the two parties – poles apart in ideology and philosophy – came to its peak when PAS-led Kelantan state government tabled the Syariah Enactment Criminal Amendments Code (1993) 2015 on March 19, following which DAP cut ties with Hadi whole Sabah and Sarawak DAP cut ties with PAS in the respective states.

On the part of PKR, the party had decided to oppose the private members bill to be tabled by Hadi in parliament to allow Kelantan to implement the Hudud in Kelantan which saw the Islamist party keeping silent – a silent protest so as not to further aggravate the already tense relationship in the pact which is already breaking up at all levels.

The silent protest, according to several PAS members would be carried out in the coming Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election like what they did for Kajang state seat by-election.

One thing for sure, the Islamist party expect Anwar to field either his wife or daughter as candidate which reflected nepotism like what had been done in Kajang, Selangor.

They said nepotism run free in PKR because the party was formed not based on ideology but more on supporting Anwar to become Prime Minister although at present there are moves by party deputy president who is also Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali to move out of the concept and replace it with justice and democracy.

As PAS will be ‘cold not to the extent of being enemies’ towards Muslims who are against the Hudud and the objection to Anwar’s nepotism practice, the Islamist party may just become observer or give a free hand to its members in the constituency to vote for whoever they want.

PKR may find itself fighting the Permatang Pauh political battle alone with DAP playing a minimal role given the Chinese voters are just about 24 percent of the 50,000-odd voters.

But this does not mean Barisan Nasional (BN) will have a good chance of winning the seat as Anwar’s loyal supporters and relatives are still in abundance in the constituency although the numbers may be very much reduced.

In short, PKR may still retain the seat with a much lower majority which can be read or interpreted as Anwar’s influence is on the decline and the party has not much followers if minus Anwar the man.-MYNEWSHUB.CC

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