KUALA TERENGGANU - A member of the Terengganu royal family has resigned from PAS, saying he is tired of infighting in the party and its squabbles with its allies in the opposition.
Tengku Sri Paduka Raja Tengku Ibrahim Ismail, who is the uncle of Terengganu's Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, was an ordinary member of the Islamist party which he joined in 2012.
Speaking to reporters at his residence in Batu Buruk yesterday, Tengku Ibrahim said he was driven to quit by the infighting among PAS members and also its issues with its Pakatan Rakyat allies PKR and DAP.
"The ideology of the political parties in Malaysia, especially PAS', has strayed.
"At a time when Umno and other political parties are not doing well, PAS has failed to capitalise on the situation and seize the opportunity to strengthen the party," he said.
He added that PAS' insistence on being able to stand alone without its allies' support reflected its immaturity.
"I believe the top leadership in PAS has lost its direction and the determination to strengthen the party, especially after the latest rift between the ulama and the professionals," he said.
Tengku Ibrahim said he would assess the country's political climate before deciding on his next move.