KUALA LUMPUR: Despite being the sole survivor of ‘ulama tsunami’ in the recently-concluded PASâ€™ election, Mazlan Aliman has decided to vacate his post as PASâ€™ central committee member.
The Felda activist, who has always closely linked to the progressives faction, said the defeat of his â€œold friendsâ€ in the party polls has somehow left a â€œblack markâ€ in his life.
â€œAfter much thought, I have decided to resign as PAS central committee member effective today.
â€œI appreciate the trust the delegates have given me during the election, but I have to apologise for this difficult decision I had to make,â€ said Mazlan, reading out his resignation letter to PASâ€™ 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.
â€œIt is time I gave more focus to the NGOâ€™s that I lead such as Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (Anak) and Badan Prihatan Orang Asal.
â€œI will always remain in PAS as a member,â€ 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.
â€œI have nothing to do with PasMa and I would like to clearly state that whatever they do have nothing to with me,â€ 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 â€˜chaiâ€™ paper or menu that was distributed to the delegates before the party election in an attempt to create a voting trend.
â€œIf thereâ€™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,â€ he said.
On Anak being associated with PAS, Mazlan said his NGO has been registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) three months ago.
â€œWe 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,â€ he said.-The Star