PAS is under intense pressure with its partners DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) subtly pressuring it to leave as they found the Islamist party is dysfunctional within the party, the moderate members wanting it stay.
The Islamist party fundamentalist leadership is keeping mum on the matter while the under current from the fundamentalist members are for the party to leave.
Its members in Penang are split with Mujahid Yusof wanting it to stay while others presented a picture of being â€˜treated as non-existenceâ€™ where the party state treasurer Iszuree Ibrahim is suspended and awaiting expulsion from his councillorâ€™s post following his criticism against the state government.
The state PAS leaders have voiced out their frustration where memorandums sent to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is also DAP secretary-general, were not replied and attempts to meet Lim were met with failures.
The party deputy president Mohamed Sabu or Mat Sabu who is also Penang PAS chief has not even say a word on the matter and the feeling of being â€˜left out and ignoredâ€™ have spread to other states.
The party central committee member who is the son of influential spiritual chief Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, Nik Abduh had spoken through his facebook that the party was being bullied by its two partners.
PAS position in the opposition pact of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is fluid as it continues to stay its ground â€“ neither here nor there â€“ as party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang ignores the calls around him and the under current in the party.
Abdul Hadi had made his mind clear in the winding up speech at the party muktamar in Batu Pahat, Johor, two weeks ago that could be interpreted as he acknowledged the party was stabbed at the back by its partners when PKR de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim started the Kajang Move.
Following that Abdul Hadi also expressed his uneasiness at the thought that two of the party assemblymen â€“ Saari Sungip and Hasnul Kamaruddin â€“ had actually supported Anwarâ€™s plan to have his wife Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail to become Selangor Menteri Besar.
The party Ulamak Council is more blunt in tackling the issue as the council called for the review of the partyâ€™s position in the pact â€“ a call that has been made even before last yearâ€™s general election.
Going by all the events, even before last yearâ€™s general election where the DAP was dead set against PASâ€™ Islamic state and Hudud Laws objectives, Abdul Hadi may now take the party out of PR.
However, his silent mind may not be easy to achieve as the proposal to exit from the pact needs to be tabled in the party muktamar next year and the muktamar has to make a resolution.
Said a veteran fundamentalist in the party: â€œThe proposal may not see the light of day as the moderates will oppose it and they may win given that their influence is spreading fast and getting stronger in the party.â€
As Abdul Hadi and other veteran fundamentalist leaders are getting the heat whether to stay in or leave PR, the new Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali is feeling the heat as he tries to â€˜live out of Anwarâ€™s shadow.â€™MYNEWSHUB
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