Spat in Malaysia's second largest political party spreads wider

Spat in Malaysia's second largest political party spreads wider
One for the album: Dzulkefly (right), Johor PAS commissioner Aminolhuda Hassan (third from right) and Johor PAS members taking a group photo during the press conference at the Chinese Press Club in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU - The spat between the conservatives and the progressives in PAS continues with Johor PAS saying that the party president need not necessarily be an ulama as those from the professional group could also vie for the top post.

Johor PAS deputy commissioner Dzulkefly Ahmad pointed out that of the seven presidents, three - Datuk Dr Abbas Alias (1953-1956), Dr Burhanuddin Al-Helmy (1956-1969) and Datuk Mohd Asri Muda (1969-1982) - were from the professional group.

"The president's post is an administrative one and choosing someone from the professional group does not mean we are turning our backs on the ulama," he said in a press conference at the Chinese Press Club yesterday when commenting on the party election which is expected to begin within the next four months.

He added that the president could be classified as a company chief executive officer, whilst the syura council acts as its board of directors.

In Kota Baru, a PAS Youth division chief lambasted a senior state party leader for warning DAP not to meddle in PAS' affairs and telling DAP to leave Pakatan Rakyat if it was not happy.

Kota Baru PAS division Youth chief Dr Rosli Allani Abdul Kadir said PAS assistant secretary-general and the division's deputy commissioner Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan was being arrogant and emotional in his remarks asking DAP to leave Pakatan and that Pakatan did not belong to DAP.

"We are surprised with Datuk Takiyuddin's remarks. It was immature and does not represent the overall views of the Kota Baru PAS area or Kelantan PAS.

"Datuk Takiyuddin should adopt a moderate approach to reconcile both parties rather than add fuel to fire and he must remember the words of the late Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat that PAS was a brother to DAP and PKR in Pakatan and PAS must play a role to advise its coalition partners rather than run them down.

"Anyway, Datuk Takiyuddin does not represent the party's stand in the ongoing spat between PAS and DAP," he said in a text message statement here yesterday.

Dr Rosli Allani added that Takiyuddin should study the press statement issued by DAP's legal bureau chairman Gobind Singh Deo on Sunday.

"As it is, Gobind also does not represent DAP and his hard-hitting statement may be his personal view but Takiyuddin should not have responded to such 'empty' calls and should instead have advised Gobind on the issue using party channels."

He added that PAS did not exclusively belong to the Malays as it propagates fairness to all races and religions.

Takiyuddin, who is also Kota Baru MP, had issued a hard-hitting statement on Monday, telling DAP not to meddle in the affairs of the Kelantan government which is pushing to implement the Syariah Criminal Code 1993.

Gobind, who is Puchong MP, sounded a warning that PAS would no longer be seen as part of Pakatan should it push for the amendments to the hudud law in the Kelantan State Assembly on March 18.

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