PETALING JAYA: PAS is heading for a real split as the warring liberals and ulamak factions ‘sharpen their knives for the kill’ in the party poll in June.
Going on an attack mode, the ulamaks are now taking the liberals by ‘their horns’ when the party vice-president who is in the ulamak faction Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man confessed he was ready to take on the deputy president post against incumbent Moahamed Sabu, who is on the side of the liberals.
Speaking the party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s bastion in Rusila, Terengganu, on Wednesday, Tuan Ibrahim said he was prepared to take on Mat Sabu, the popular name for the deputy president, based on his vast experience and the many folios he had held while being the party.
A portal reported that Tuan Ibrahim also said that Hadi should not be challenged at this present time especially when the Islamic world had recognised him as a leader in the world Islamic community.
Tuan Ibrahim’s preparedness to take on Mat Sabu is seen as the ulamak faction launching an attack following the liberals move to pit him against Hadi by getting the party Kota Baru division in Kelantan to nominate him for the party post.
An ally of Hadi, Tuan Ibrahim had immediately rejected the nomination, fearing the Kota Baru division’s act may create a chain reaction in the more than 100-odd divisions around that country where majority are being headed by the liberals.
The move to oust Hadi from the party president seat has been mooted after the party 2013 election when the liberals succeeded in grabbing the deputy president from Nasharuddin Mat Isa who is a close ally of Hadi.
In that year’s party poll, the liberals managed to win the deputy president and two of the three vice-president posts leaving the ulamaks only the president seat and one vice-president seat.
Among the 20 central working committee, the liberals managed to win two-thirds but they were disappointed when they could not steer the party to be more subservient or go along with plans made by the opposition pact of Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
Among the most major decisions of the pact that Hadi put his foot down which disappointed the liberals were supporting Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Kajang Move, getting PKR president who is Anwar’s wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail as Selangor Menteri Besar and the latest that may ‘break the camel’s back’ or probably split the pact is the implementation of Hudud Laws in Kelantan.
Tuan Ibrahim is expected to get nominations for the deputy president post from divisions currently held by the ulamak faction but the faction is lack of people to be fielded for vice-presidents and central committee members.
The ulamak faction was taken by the surprised surge of liberals winning two of the three vice-president posts and more than half of the 20 central committee posts in the 2013 party poll which now left the faction with limited candidates to contest.
But this does not deter the ulamaks from attempting to get back their hold on the party as they continue to strengthen their influence among the would-be delegates who would be voting in the upcoming party poll.
Many among the grassroots members seem to be with the ulamaks where they want the party to move on its own instead of playing second-fiddle in PR and being treated like ‘school boys’ by its partners DAP and PKR.
The silent act of the Hadi and ulamaks in the present campaign to ‘Free Anwar From Jail’ is a fine example where grassroots followed except for the liberals aligned to Anwar who are giving an all out support to the campaign.-MYNEWSHUB.CC