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ALOR SETAR – The PAS central committee received more than 30 motions from 194 Parliamentary constituencies, to date, to be tabled at the PAS 2017 conference, which will start tomorrow.

Its secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said that the committee chaired by PAS information chief Nasrudin Hassan was currently in the process of formulating the motions and dividing them into categories before being presented at the special party meeting this Friday.

“All the motions will be divided into four categories, namely rejected (motions); accepted without debate, accepted, and should be debated by the committee and accepted and to be forwarded to the Shura council for a decision,” he told a press conference here today.

A total of 1,231 delegates will attend the conference, that would start tomorrow until May 1.

On the agenda of using e-voting for the first time during party election on April 29, he said the results would only be announced on May 1 so that it would not disturb the emotions of contesting candidates during the conference.

He said, for the vice-president post there were four candidates contesting, while for the central committee member post, there was a total of 26 (contesting) candidates and they all had the same way of thinking as the PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

“The practice of democracy is guaranteed in PAS and we are confident that this election will not cause any split in the party as being alleged,” he said.

According to him, the e-voting method to be implemented in this year’s conference, believed to be secure as the software, developed by the party’s information technology department, and the selection of nominees were controlled by the selection committee.

He said PAS had also invited Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and a few of PAS’ friends such as Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan), BERJASA and some non-governmental organisations, except for Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) due to their strained relations. – BERNAMA

KUANTAN – Pahang PAS will be contesting at least 30 state, and 10 parliamentary seats in Pahang in the 14th General Election, according its commissioner Rosli Abdul Jabar.

Speaking to reporters after Pahang PAS s annual convention here Sunday, he said that they were tackling the ambitious step because they were confident that they would be in power in Pahang after GE14.

The Barisan Nasional has ruled Pahang since Independence in 1957.

GE14 has to be called by June next year.

–BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM – The 63rd PAS Muktamar (assembly) PAS, to be held end of the month, is expected to determine whether the party will end or maintain its political cooperation or ‘tahaluf siyasi” with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

This being that several PAS divisions, namely in Penang, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, have passed a motion for it to be terminated.

PAS Ulama Syura Council secretary Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi said the issue on PAS-PKR political cooperation will be a topic for discussion at the party’s coming assembly.

Is PAS prepared to end its political cooperation with PKR? If it does, it will have huge impact on the political cooperation in the Selangor government’s administration, which is led by PKR.

The situation would see PAS in an awkward situation for it to continue to be in the state government’s administration.

There are three PAS state executive council members in Selangor, namely Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad (housing, building management and urban life); Zaidy Abdul Talib (infrastructure and public utilities, agriculture modernisation and agro-based industry) and Datuk Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi (Islamic religious affairs, Malay customs and heritage, rural development and traditional village).

Relations between PAS and PKR have been strained following the decision by PKR to maintain its cooperation with DAP and also in forging ties with Parti Amanah Negara (PAN), which is a splinter of PAS.

This was further aggravated when Selangor Menteri Besar Selangor Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is also PKR deputy president, made a mockery of Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz ‘s defeat in the party’s divisional election last March 18 for the Pengkalan Chepa deputy leader post.

Mohamad Azmin made the criticism in response to a statement by Nik Mohamad Abduh, who is PAS Youth leader, that PAS would win Selangor in the coming general election.

A political analyst, Che Hamdan Che Mohd Razali, of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) described relations between PAS and PKR in Selangor as a “love-hate relationship” .

“Hence, there are times when leaders of both parties went overboard in making their comments, but they need each other to continue to be in power in Selangor,” he told Bernama.

The lecturer at the Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies at the UiTM campus in Raub, Pahang, opined that although the PAS assembly would table a motion for the party leadership to sever ties with PKR, it would not happen until the dissolution of the Parliament and the Selangor State Assembly.

He said PAS and PKR leaders in Selangor still shared an understanding on the need to maintain the state government’s administration.

“The position held by PAS leaders in Selangor provides them edge to pursue the party’s struggle, as well as to get more supporters, through large-scale programmes organised using the state government as the platform ,” he added.

As such, he said, the Selangor PAS leaders had been avoiding a confrontation with PKR on the realisation that PAS and PKR needed one another, as reflected in the 2008 general election results.

There are 56 state seats in Selangor with 14 held by DAP, PKR (13), PAS (13), BN (12), PAN (two) and Independent (two).

Meanwhile, a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Social Science and Humanity, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Associate Professor Datuk Dr Samsul Adabi Mamat, said the political cooperation between PAS and PKR , if terminated, would have a huge impact on the Selangor government’s administration.

However, it would no be to an extent of a reshuffle in the state cabinet with their term ending soon, he said.

He said the real effect would be known during the coming general election when PAS would be sought after and at that time the party should state its stand on whether it wanted to have the “tahaluf siyasi” with Barisan Nasional (BN) or Pakatan Harapan or to be on its own.

“PAS is now like a golden egg which is sought after by two parties,” he said, adding that this was in the wake of the party targeting 40 parliamentary seats in the coming general election.

“PAS also has a huge role and influence in Selangor, which PKR cannot deny. Mohamed Azmin, if he wants to remain strong, must be at good terms with PAS.

“It is here that PAS can show its strength, the party sever ties with PKR and the impact will affect Mohamed Azmin’s influence, as well as PKR, in Selangor,” he added.

PAS 63rd Muktamar will be held in Alor Setar, Kedah, from April 27 to May 1.

— BERNAMA

Hadi-Tuan Ibrahim

SEREMBAN – The dominance of Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man as president and deputy president gives a clear signal of the continuous solid support of the grassroots towards the leadership of the ulama (religious faction, according to any analyst .

Abdul Hadi, who is also Marang Member of Parliament, and Tuan Ibrahim were declared winners of the top two posts in the party for the 2017-2019 term by party secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan on Tuesday, after there where no challengers when nominations closed the same day.

The announcement made Abdul Hadi the only PAS leader to dominate the presidency for the pas 15 years compared to the previous presidents, namely, Dr Burhanuddin Mohd Noor (third president), Tan Sri Mohd Asri Muda (fourth president) and Datuk Fadzil Mohd Noor (sixth president) who only held the post for 13 years.

Meanwhile, Tuan Ibrahim created his own personal record in retaining the deputy president’s post for the second terms compared to Nasharudin Mat Isa and Mohamad Sabu, who served one term each.

A political analyst was of the opinion that the Abdul Hadi and Tuan Ibrahim partnership was the best in PAS due to the absence of other leaders who could shoulder the duties of the two top posts, to date.

Associate professor Mohd Izani Mohd Zain from Universiti Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Human Ecology Faculty, nevertheless, said retaining Abdul Hadi and Tuan Ibrahim was believed to be aimed at avoiding disunity which could affect PAS’ efforts in the next general election.

The grassroot believe the two leaders are capable of boosting PAS further which is now alone without a political pact. So, their selections are aimed at strengthening and avoiding internal break-ups when the party is making preparations for the 14th General Election.

They (grassroot) don’t want to take the risk of changing the leadership, what more after several of their leaders left to form a new party. This time they still prioritise the leadership of the ulama,” he told Bernama here today.

The National Professors Council (MPN) associate fellow also did not rule out the triumph of Abdul Hadi was related to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) 2016 (Act 355) Bill which was tabled in parliament recently.

It could be because the grassroot sis of the opinion that by retaining Abdul Hadi, RUU355 will continue to be pursued and voiced out,” he added.

RUU355 seeks to impose harsher punishments for syariah offences. – BERNAMA

GEORGE TOWN – DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today refuted an allegation by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang that DAP had sought foreign intervention in Malaysian affairs.

Abdul Hadi had made a baseless allegation which could be regarded as slander against DAP because he had not disclosed any evidence, he said to reporters here.

He said he hoped that Abdul Hadi could furnish proof and name the leader who had sought such foreign intervention.

Lim, who is the Penang chief minister, said the DAP had never associated itself with such a thing.

Abdul Hadi had allegedly made the claim during a talk in Marang, Terengganu. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – PAS is still at the preliminary stage on how many parliamentary seats it will contest in the 14th General Election (GE14), said Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob.

He said that as such, the statement by PAS vice president Idris Ahmad that the party was targeting 80 seats was inaccurate.

“He (Idris Ahmad) was just giving a projection but there is nothing specific yet. In order to contest we must be strong in the seats concerned and as such we have to see how things develop,” he told reporters after attending the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) Meeting 1/2017 here today.

On PAS’ relations with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Ahmad said this would be decided at PAS’ general assembly which is scheduled to be held later this month.

GE14 has to be called by June next year.

— BERNAMA

CYBERJAYA – PAS is aiming to contest for 80 parliamentary seats in the 14th general election (GE14) and has not ruled out the possibility of going for seats traditionally contested by DAP and PKR.

PAS vice-president, Idris Ahmad said the figure and new areas have not been finalised as the details were still being worked out by the party’s election machinery.

He said the Federal Territories PAS Youth were targeting nine parliamentary seats in the Federal Territories namely Titiwangsa, Putrajaya, Labuan, Bandar Tun Razak and Wangsa Maju.

“The others are Setiawangsa, Lembah Pantai, Batu and Segambut,” he told reporters after opening the Federal Territories PAS Youth Annual Assembly here today.

Also present were Federal Territories PAS commissioner, Mohd Nor Mohamad and Federal Territories PAS Youth chief, Khairil Nizam Khirudin.

According to Idris, PAS was most likely going to take on Segambut and Batu parliamentary seats in GE14.

In GE13, PAS only managed to win 21 of the 73 parliamentary seats and of the 237 state seats contested, PAS won 85 seats.

In another development, Idris criticised the attitude of DAP and Amanah political leaders who understood the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) but opposed and viewed it negatively.

“This law does not involve non-Muslims just like the obligation to fast only affects Muslims during Ramadan. PAS presented RUU355 based on facts and we are confident we have cleared all doubts.

“The inaccurate views make it look bad on PAS and we are labelled as Talibans,” he said. – BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM – The three Selangor state executive councillors (excos) from PAS will remain in the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)-state government’s administration until ordered by the party leadership to do otherwise.

Selangor PAS Commissioner Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad said they would wait for the outcome of the party ‘muktamar’ (general assembly) to be held next month, before deciding on the next course of action.

“I’ll abide by any order by the party president. So far, there is none (step down as exco),” he told reporters here today.

Besides Iskandar, the other two PAS excos are Zaidy Abdul Talib and Datuk Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi.

Relations between PAS and PKR have become strained following a decision by PKR to cooperate with Parti Amanah Negara) and DAP.

In another development, Iskandar said the decision by the federal government to not table the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendments) Act 2016 or RUU 355 at the Parliament would not hamper PAS from pursuing the matter.

“We will proceed, it is our initiative. We believe party president (Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang) will table it,” he said.

Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the government would not be tabling the bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965.

Najib said the decision came following the consensus reached over the matter at the Barisan Nasional (BN) Supreme Meeting, which he chaired earlier. – BERNAMA

KOTA BHARU – PAS has closed the door on negotiations with Parti Pribumi Bersatu
Malaysia (PPBM) after the latter officially joined Pakatan Harapan yesterday.

PAS vice-president Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said this was in line with
its terms that any political party wanting to cooperate with the Islamist party
should not establish ties with its rivals, namely DAP and Parti Amanah Negara
(Amanah).

“…consider the door is closed. This is the party’s (PAS) stand, it’s
indeed clear from the beginning,” he told reporters after attending the Kelantan
State Legislative Assembly sitting at the Kota Darul Naim Complex here today.

Yesterday, Pakatan Harapan unanimously accepted PPBM as its latest member of
the coalition after the decision was made at a Pakatan Harapan presidential
council meeting.

On the meeting between PAS and PPBM prior to this, Mohd Amar said it was
only centered on the views of PAS on several matters.

“We were just discussing before this, there was no real negotiation. We were
discussing ideas, issues…that’s all. Not to a point of something serious or
conclusive…when they (PPBM) became official (on joining Pakatan Harapan), then
we’re done here,” he said.
— BERNAMA

KOTA BHARU – PAS has reiterated its decision not to cooperate with Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) and DAP in any situation, said PAS deputy spiritual leader, Datuk Ahmad Yakob.

Ahmad, who is also Kelantan Menteri Besar, said today PAS has no problem in sharing the stage with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PBBM), although no decision had been made to cooperate with the party so far.

“So far, there has been no decision to collaborate with PBBM. However, if its simply to share a stage, there is no objection,” he told reporters here.

Ahmad also said PAS would continue to monitor its members so as not to be influenced by PAN, a PAS splinter party.

Earlier, he launched a cycling event at the Kota Darul Naim Complex, here.

About 1,000 participants took part in the programme aimed at reducing work stress and staying mentally and physically fit.

— BERNAMA