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ALOR SETAR – PAS has admitted to facing difficulty in winning support from non-Muslims, especially the Chinese, after ending its ‘tahaluf siyasi’ or political cooperation with DAP in the opposition pact.

PAS Central Working Committee member, Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz, however, said this difficult challenge would only be temporary although the discord between the two parties had reached a point of no return.

“The only thing occurring is the ‘fire’ ignited by DAP to prevent the support of non-Muslims for PAS, but this can easily be doused with ‘water’ by us in the PAS Youth wing as we have good relations with non-Muslims.

“Although the parties (PAS and DAP) have severed ties, our personal relationships remain. This means that the claim by certain quarters that PAS would take a thousand years to win Chinese support is inaccurate, as we will take a shorter time to win back their support.

“It’s just we admit that in the 14th general election (GE14), we won’t be getting the kind of support (from non-Muslims) like we had in the 13th general election,” he told a press conference after a dialogue session on the party president’s policy speech at the Kedah PAS Complex, here, yesterday.

However, Nik Mohamad Abduh believed in PAS’ strength in facing GE14 due to solid support from the party supporters’ group, Dewan Himpunan Penyokong PAS (DHPP), comprising non-Muslims, as well as from Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan) .

“We already have a front, Gagasan Sejahtera, through political cooperation with Ikatan.

“Also Ikatan has members who include Chinese and Indians, while PCM (Parti Cinta Malaysia) in Penang has voiced its interest in joining Gagasan Sejahtera but this is still under discussion,” he said.

– BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA – Selangor’s Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has given the nod for the three PAS executive councillors (exco) to remain in the state government until the coming general election.

The Sultan, through a statement issued by his private secretary Datuk Munir Bani, said the decision was made following a meeting with the state Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, and in the interest of the rakyat and the development of the state.

“After considering and reviewing from all aspects, especially on the aspect of administrative stability, to safeguard the interest of the rakyat, the Sultan has consented to retain the three PAS exco members until the election.

“The Sultan has also taken into account the mandate given by the rakyat to the existing state government to continue administrating to ensure development and harmony,” the statement said.

Sultan Sharafuddin’s statement came in light of a political crisis in the state following PAS’ decision to break ranks with PKR, the last party among the opposition Pakatan Harapan to have any ties with the Islamist party. – The Sun

KUALA LUMPUR – PAS members in the Selangor executive council can only be ordered to vacate their posts by the Selangor Sultan.

Party secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali had no right to order the three PAS represen­tatives to resign as they were appointed at the courtesy of the Sultan.

“In the Selangor constitution, it is stated that exco members in the state government hold their positions at the pleasure of the Sultan, even if it is on the advice of the Mentri Besar.

“That means as long as the Sultan favours the PAS assemblymen to be members of the exco, they will remain there,” he told a press conference at the PAS headquarters yesterday.

Takiyuddin was commenting on reports that Azmin had asked Chempaka assemblyman Datuk Iskandar Samad, Sijangkang assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Yunus Hairi and Taman Temple assemblyman Zaidy Abdul Talib to quit their posts during an hour-long meeting last Friday.

Azmin had called the meeting in the wake of the PAS Syura Council’s decision to end the tahaluf siyasi (political cooperation) with PKR last week.

The Islamist party is expected to hold a central committee meeting on Thursday to discuss the position of the PAS representatives in the Selangor government.

However, this would depend on whether there was a request in writing from the PKR-led state government for the three assemblymen to quit their posts, said PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

He said the PAS leadership met the three assemblymen following their meeting with Azmin, where they claimed that there had been no request from the Mentri Besar for them to vacate their seats on the council.

“Until now, we have not received any official document or letter ordering PAS to leave the state government.

“So for now, we maintain the status quo and continue participating in the agenda for the state,” he said, adding that PAS would adopt a wait-and-see approach.

Tuan Ibrahim also refuted claims by Pri­bumi chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that the Islamist party was now an “unregistered component party of Barisan Nasional”. – The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR – PAS has dropped three state commissioners and replaced with new faces as the party gears up for the 14th General Election (GE14), said secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.

Sabak State Assemblyman Sallehen Mukhyi was appointed as Selangor PAS commissioner, replacing State Executive Councillor and Chempaka State Assemblyman, Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad.

On the east coast, former Terengganu state assembly speaker Datuk Husin Awang was appointed as Terengganu PAS commissioner, replacing Paka State Assemblyman Saiful Bahri Mamat.

Down south, Puteri Wangsa State Assemblyman Abdullah Hussin was appointed as Johor PAS commissioner, replacing Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed, the head of PAS Ulama Council.

Asked about the removal of PAS vice-president Datuk Iskandar as Selangor PAS commissioner, Takiyuddin said it had nothing to do with issues involving the leadership of the state.

“Actually, Iskandar has been promoted and given the task of monitoring the party’s machinery in the central and south zones (Selangor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and Johor ).

“He is also the chairman of the planned Selangor PAS Complex,” he told the media at the PAS headquarters, here Saturday.

Takiyuddin, who is also Kota Bharu Member of Parliament said the appointment of Sallehan as Selangor PAS commissioner was a normal exercise to enhance Selangor PAS.

Deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man was given the foreign affairs and welfare portfolios while vice-presidents Idris Ahmad and Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah were given the job of looking after several states.

Idris will take care of the northern states of Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak while Datuk Mohd Amar will look after Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah and Sarawak.

Datuk Mustafa Ali was dropped as Pas Central Working Committee member and PAS election director-general and appointed as advisor to PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

He was replaced by Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, the political secretary to Abdul Hadi.

–BERNAMA

ALOR SETAR – It seems that PAS is still stuck in its political collaboration (tahaluf siyasi) with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) even though the delegates attending the 63rd PAS Muktamar (general assembly, which ended here today, have unanimously passed the motion to end the collaboration.

This is because the final decision will only be made after the PAS Ulama Syura Council discussed the matter at a meeting which is said to be held soon.

The issue of PAS’ political collaboration with its allies in the opposition pact

DAP and PKR

had become one of the hot topics of debate since the party’s 59th Mutktamar in 2013 as it was deemed non-beneficial to PAS.

PAS ended its political collaboration with DAP in 2015.

The motion to end the PAS-PKR collaboration is vital because it involves the future and political survival of PAS as it enters the 66th year of its establishment and being among the oldest political parties in the country.

Having followed the party’s development, Institute for Malaysian Political Analysis director Dr Kamarul Zaman Yusoff said it was clear that there was a breach of agreement and elements of betrayal in the collaboration which had put PAS at the losing end.

“Based on several incidents, it was clear that there are elements of betrayal in the collaboration. Yes, PAS Syura Council will make the final decision on the matter, but what will happen to PAS representatives in the Selangor state executive council? Will they stay or should they resign (as councillors)?” he told Bernama when met after the closing of the three-day assembly here today.

Kamarul Zaman also anticipated that the issue might continue to persist, besides the fact that it should be tackled wisely as it also involved royal consent and the principles of Islam.

During the winding up of the debate, PAS Dewan Ulama secretary Datuk Dr Mohd Nik Zawawi Salleh called on all party members to accept and abide by the decision made by PAS Ulama Syura Council relating to the proposal to end the party’s political collaboration with PKR.

“The decision may not be popular, or not as many have anticipated it would be, or the Ulama Syura Council president may use certain political approach to make it.

“…but once the decision is made about the collaboration with PKR and for a better future for our party, we all must abide by the decision and pledge our full support to our leadership without badmouthing about it. Insya-Allah, we will be fine,” he said.

Despite not having a final decision on the collaboration yet, the three-day general assembly saw PAS as being fully prepared to move independently in facing the challenges at the 14th general election.

“We have faced and dealt with various possibilities before as our political history is longer than other parties. We were once alone, we have contested for only one seat in this state, or many seats in other state, we have faced two-cornered, three-cornered and even four-cornered fight�we have a very vast experience,” PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang was reported as saying.

PAS’ survival also depends on the party leadership, which has retained the status quo in the party election at the 63rd Mustamar.

After PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and his Deputy Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man were returned unopposed for their respective posts, the post of three vice presidents also saw the same faces retaining their seats.

The three incumbents, Bukit Gantang Member of Parliament Idris Ahmad, Kelantan deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah and Selangor PAS Commissioner Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad retained their posts for the 2017/2019 term.

part from Iskandar, the selection of two other PAS representatives from Selangor, namely Dr Halimah Ali and Salehin Mukhyi as PAS Central Working Committee members, was seen as an effort to ensure that the party would be able to retain its influence in the state.

“The decision to retain Iskandar as the vice-president, and Dr Halimah and Salehin as PAS Central Working Committee members is a mandate to empower the party to tackle the issue of tahalyuf siyasi and to expand power to win Selangor in the next general election,” Kamarul Zaman added.

— BERNAMA

ALOR SETAR – Delegates at the PAS muktamar offered resounding support for the move to cut ties with PKR.

The motion, which was unanimously passed was greeted with loud cries of setuju (agree) after being put to the vote.

The matter will now be presented before the syura council, the Islamist party’s highest decision-making body for endorsement.

Despite the strong support for the motion, debaters at the muktamar steered clear from actively running down PKR.

Heeding party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s advice for them not to discuss their relations with PKR, most instead spoke on preparations for the general election through the Gagasan Sejahtera pact while also training their guns on DAP as the party’s main enemy.

Penang delegate Mohd Yusni Mat Pia said it was DAP and not Umno who was the party’s main enemy.

“Our biggest enemy is DAP and those who are anti-Islam,” he said when debating the motion of thanks on the president’s policy speech at the 63rd muktamar here yesterday.

While PAS was against DAP, Kelantan PAS representative Datuk Abdullah Yaakob reminded delegates that the party was not at war with the non-Muslim community.

“We are not feuding with the Chinese, Indians, orang asli, and other minorities in this country.

“That is why we introduced the PAS supporters club,” he said during debates.

He urged the club to work harder to provide explanations to the non-Muslims so that they would not fear the Islamist party.

Abdul Hadi in his closed door briefing on the muktamar, reminded delegates not to raise any “petty and sensitive” issues that could affect the party’s performance in the general election.

In Kluang, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said it was up to members to decide whether there should be any political collaboration between the party and PAS which is cutting ties with DAP and PKR.

He said such a huge agenda was not up to him nor party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to decide.

Hishammuddin also added that he did not see anything wrong in Umno collaborating with PAS if it was in the context of the interest of Muslims and Islam’s position in the face of the world.

“There’s no reason why we cannot work with parties that want to put the interests of Islam first but that does not mean it has to be a political collaboration.

“However, if there is to be a political collaboration, the decision lies with Umno members.

“It is not something that is up to me or the party president to decide,” he said after attending a trainee nurse get-together programme yesterday. – Bernama/The Star

ALOR STAR – PAS today doubled down on its Islamic credentials with party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang calling for a return to Islam to solve problems faced by the country.

He said Islam was against dictatorships which made deities of a person or persons as well as rejecting making gods of the people under the guise of democracy.

He said Islam also rejected theocracies where religious leaders who made themselves as gods nor accepted leaders who tricked the people.

He said Islam also rejected materialism where the resources of the country were used or abused, no matter if such usage was under the guise of liberalism, capitalism, socialism or communism.

“Being loyal to Allah makes politics, economics and all other human issues come under the command of Him,” he said in his presidential speech at the 63rd Muktamar. – The Sun

ALOR SETAR – PKR members still keen on working with PAS should join the Islamist party in its Gagasan Sejahtera political pact, said a PAS Youth representative.

Selangor PAS Youth information chief Mohamed Sukri Omar said that while the party was prepared to cut political ties with PKR, there were members who remained “loyal and sincere” to PAS’ struggle.

“There are some of our friends from PKR who remain loyal, we are confident that some of them are still sincere and want to see genuine change in this country.

“Come join us in Gagasan Sejahtera. Together we can change the country and save Malaysia,” he said during the PAS Youth muktamar debates on Friday.

Gagasan Sejahtera refers to the informal political pact set up by PAS together with Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan) and Barisan Jemaah Islamiah Semalaysia (Berjasa) in August last year.

Similar to the motion passed by the PAS Dewan Ulama wing on Thursday, Mohamed Sukri echoed that the party’s syura council should decide the fate of its tahaluf siyasi (political cooperation) with PKR.

PKR is the Islamist party’s only remaining ally in the Selangor state government, following the dissolution of the Pakatan Rakyat opposition pact last year.

“We entered into a political cooperation based on Islamic principles, so it is only fitting that we exit this cooperation based on Islamic principles,” he said.

Mohamed Sukri also reminded PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali that it was PAS who made him Selangor Mentri Besar.

“He can call us ‘Tok Lebai’, and chide us for wanting to take over Selangor. But remember, without us helping him and Pakatan Rakyat, this will be his last term as Mentri Besar,” Mohamed Sukri added.

Azmin had allegedly insulted PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in a tweet, calling him “Tok Lebai”, a term that typically refers to a religious person who wears a skullcap.

The Mentri Besar’s tweet was in response to Abdul Hadi’s claim that PAS would take over Selangor in the next general election. – The Star Online

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