PETALING JAYA: PAS is prepared to face several by-elections if the party leadership decides to pressure its assemblymen and MPs who will be joining the new splinter party when Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) is registered as a political party.
In fact the Islamist party is also prepared to cut ties with PKR if the latter accepts GBH or the new party into the new opposition pact that DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang and PKR de facto chief who is in jail Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had spoken about.
Both the leaders of the defunct opposition pact Pakatan Rakyat had decided to work with any political parties and NGOs that have common objectives with them to topple the Barisan Nasional (BN) as they ignore the presence of PAS.
PAS has been singled out as ‘not in-sync’ with their objectives as the Islamist party is more focused on how to establish an Islamic state and implement Hudud laws, the contentious issue that DAP is dead set against, than wining the next general election.
With PAS rejects – such as Mohamad Sabu, Datuk Husam Musa, Khalid Samad and several others – rejected in the party poll in June joining hands in hitting back at the party that had been their vehicle the past three decades and talking about the new party to be set up, PAS itself is prepared for any eventualities.
In fact, the party leadership is now debating on asking the rejects who would join the new party to vacate the seats, using the oath termed as Sumpah Bai’ah which all the party’s assemblymen and MPs signed before the 2013 general election.
The oath simply mean that if one leaves the party upon being elected as MP or assemblyman, then one is considered as having divorced one’s wife with ‘talak tiga’ where the wife needs to marry another man first before one can re-marry her.
Heavy penalty for a party member who leaves the party to join the new party but that is the price for those who are now assemblymen and MPs who signed the oath before the last general election.
Already in Selangor two PAS assemblymen and one MP – Hulu Klang assemblyman Saari Sungip, Morib assemblyman Hasnul Baharuddin and Kota Raja MP Siti Mariah Mahmud – had voiced intention to join the new party but none spoke on whether they would vacate their seats which were won under PAS ticket in the 2013 general election.
In other states, several more assemblymen and MPs are expected to jump ship to join the new party when it is registered but to date no specifics have been identified although several names have been highlighted to the party leadership.
For PAS ulamak leadership, losing the assemblymen and MPs is not a problem as they do not mind to start from the beginning given the rejected leaders were allegedly found to be toeing the line of DAP – putting Islamic objectives aside and focusing on winning the political war first.
The method which PAS ulamaks have been rejecting all along – the end justify the means – as the ulamaks believe in the voters to understand the party objectives whole-heartedly before voting.
However, the real pressure is with Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali, who until today has yet to clearly and openly state his mind on whether he would continue working with PAS or the new party to be set up.
Torn between friends – PAS rejects and PAS ulamaks – Azmin has until today not committed to any side as at stake here is his position as Menteri Besar and his ‘debt’ to PAS president and the ulamaks who had supported him against PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail for that position.