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PAS Progressive Mazlan Quits Central Committee Post

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KUALA LUMPUR: Despite being the sole survivor of ‘ulama tsunami’ in the recently-concluded PAS’ election, Mazlan Aliman has decided to vacate his post as PAS’ central committee member.

The Felda activist, who has always closely linked to the progressives faction, said the defeat of his “old friends” in the party polls has somehow left a “black mark” in his life.

“After much thought, I have decided to resign as PAS central committee member effective today.

“I appreciate the trust the delegates have given me during the election, but I have to apologise for this difficult decision I had to make,” said Mazlan, reading out his resignation letter to PAS’ president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

However, he said the main reason behind his resignation was to focus more on his NGO’s that he leads.

“It is time I gave more focus to the NGO’s that I lead such as Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (Anak) and Badan Prihatan Orang Asal.

“I will always remain in PAS as a member,” he told a press conference at PAS headquarters here, Monday.

Asked whether he would join pro-Pakatan Rakyat PasMa, who has already announced it would form a new political party, Mazlan denied any links with the NGO.

“I have nothing to do with PasMa and I would like to clearly state that whatever they do have nothing to with me,” said Mazlan who has been a PAS member for the past 30 years.

The recent PAS election saw the rise of the pro-Ulama faction following the use of ‘chai’ paper or menu that was distributed to the delegates before the party election in an attempt to create a voting trend.

“If there’s any truth to the use of chai, I am deeply hurt by this. The candidates should be elected based on their performance and track record, not based on this,” he said.

On Anak being associated with PAS, Mazlan said his NGO has been registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) three months ago.

“We are no longer tied to the party as we have more freedom in our activities. We will also launch our new office in Ukay Perdana soon,” he said.-The Star

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