PAS polls: Decision to defer debate on severing DAP ties draws ire

PAS polls: Decision to defer debate on severing DAP ties draws ire

KUALA SELANGOR: It was an emotional start of the last day of PAS' muktamar here Saturday when two delegates expressed anger at the party's decision to defer debates on a motion to sever ties with DAP.

The incident happened when PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar declared the motion was accepted without debate as it was "too sensitive" to be brought up at the annual general meeting.

To this, Negri Sembilan delegate Faiz Fadzil stood up and demanded why the issue was deemed sensitive.

"The delegates have the right to determine the direction of the party. If this matter is not decided at the muktamar, how do we explain to our grassroots members?" he asked.

Another delegate from Selangor said any decision on the tahaluf siyasi (political cooperaton) should not be made in haste.

"We, from Selangor would understand how important it is to have this tahaluf siyasi.

"Because of our win in Selangor, the mosques here are now filled with followers," said the delegate who was not named.

He then suggested a special muktamar to debate the motion.

"It is easy to divorce… this is not a decision to be made on Facebook and Whatsapp.

"There are consequences. Dear ulama leaders, please use your wisdom!" he said in his emotional plea.

Mahfuz then replied that he was aware of the unhappiness, but maintained the issue was sensitive by citing the administration of Penang and Selangor as examples.

"Without us in Penang, they (PKR and DAP) can still form a government through a simple majority.

"In Selangor, the co-operation has brought a lot of benefits to us," he said.

PAS has earlier approved a motion by the Dewan Ulama to sever ties with its partner DAP, but remain in Pakatan Rakyat.

The motion, which was approved without debate, stated four resolutions, among others, to urge the party not to compromise its Islamic policies.

The Dewan Ulama, had on Wednesday, unanimously approved the motion brought by newly-elected PAS central committee member Mokhtar Senik.

It was reported that the motion would only be discussed by the new committee line-up and brought to the Syura council for a decision.

Report compiled by Martin Carvalho, Rahmah Ghazali, Rashvinjeet S. Bedi, T. Avineshwaran and Rahimy Rahim



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