PAS leader expects faction split

PAS leader expects faction split
Supporters of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party arrive under heavy rain during a rally to express in Kedah in 2012.

KOTA BARU - Kelantan PAS deputy commissioner Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah has not ruled out the possibility of a splinter group emerging after the party polls next month.

He said the possibility of this group setting up a splinter party cannot be dismissed judging from the intense campaigning that is currently going on.

"If everyone respects the delegates' decision, all will be well. There will be no split in the party.

"But I think this is just wishful thinking on my part," he said yesterday.

Mohd Amar said despite PAS being an Islamist party, it had its own share of selfish leaders who had hidden agendas and were willing to forgo their struggle to appease their partners.

"I may be speculating but the intense politicking between two factions within the party is intensifying as the party polls is nearing.

"I think those who have been attacking the ulama group within the party will finally reveal themselves," the deputy mentri besar said.

Mohd Amar said that when asked to comment on predictions by a political analyst who said that PAS would have no choice but to leave the Pakatan Rakyat pact after the muktamar.

Dr Kamarul Zaman Yusof, who is a senior lecturer at the College of Law, Government and Inter­national Studies of Univer­siti Utara Malaysia, said whichever factions ended up as the winner, PAS might still pull out of Pakatan.

He predicted that the ulama would sweep all top posts in the muktamar to be held in Kuala Selangor next month.

He said the ulama group was getting a lot of support and sympathy from the grassroots after being "bullied" by DAP.

He also said that whichever faction came out tops in the elections, PAS leaders could no longer postpone or reject the hudud agenda brought by the Kelantan PAS-led government as it involved the faith of Muslims.

Mohd Amar also said that if everyone returned to the original ideals of the party, all thorny issues could be resolved.

However, he said, as long as there were leaders who opposed the ulama leadership, there would always be conflict which could cause a split among members.

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