It unsure PAS Central Working Committee ready to face the wrath of the grassroots after this morning’s decision that to remain steadfast with PKR and DAP in the unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows and nominated ADUN for Bukit Antarabangsa Azmin Ali and ADUN for Kajang Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as MB Selangor.
Pas nominates Dr Azizah, Azmin for Sgor MB, pushes Khalid aside
BY NST TEAM – 17 AUGUST 2014 @ 1:36 PM
Kuala Lumpur: PAS has announced PKR deputy president Azmin Ali alongside PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor menteri besar candidates.
The party’s deputy president Mohamed Sabu said after careful deliberation the party has also decided to remain in Pakatan Rakyat and will continue to work together for’ tahaluf siyasi’ (political cooperation).
Mohamed said the four state exco members will also remain in the state government to ensure that their duty towards the rakyat is not affected.
Mohamed stressed that the party will not demand the mb post to respect the spirit of cooperation within the opposition alliance.
When asked about the party’s previous support for embattled Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Mohamed said it was no longer an issue as he had been sacked from his party.
” Khalid is no longer an issue because he was sacked and therefore is not a member of Pakatan,” he told reporters here.
The two hour meeting was chaired by party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
Among those who attended were Pas secretary general Datuk Mustafa Ali, vice president Salahuddin Ayub, and its youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat.
By Syed Umar Ariff, Ili Liyana Mokhtar & Adrian Lai
The Anwarista controlled PAS CWC made this decision despite earlier announcements made by PAS Spiritual Leader Dato’ Hj Nik Aziz Nik Mat and Ulama’ Council, which was echoed by PAS President Dato’ Hj Hadi Awang, to support Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as MB Selangor.
Hadi Awang affirmed PAS Selangor’s call for Khalid to continue as MB Selangor, considering the latter did very well and had free from personal controversy.
In sundry, majority of PAS grassroots especially in Selangor welcome the decision to maintain Khalid as MB Selangor even though it would demonstrate that the Pakatan Rakyat do not have the common aspiration, values and beliefs but to ascend to power.
Last Sunday, PKR Leadership Council sacked Khalid as a party member.
However, PAS Spiritual Leader Nik Aziz reaffirmed his stance for Khalid to remain as MB Selangor and opined that the sacking is of no relevance.
Nik Aziz reaffirms Pas’ support for Khalid
10 AUGUST 2014 @ 8:42 AM
PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat yesterday reiterated to party leaders and members to obey the decision made by party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang on the Selangor menteri besar crisis.
Nik Aziz reaffirmed the party’s Syura Council’s stand to continue supporting Khalid as Selangor menteri besar, as it was based on syarak (Islamic canon law).
“Whether PKR accepts the decision or not, it is up to it. We accept the decision made by our party president and I support it,” said Nik Aziz after maghrib prayers at his residence in Kampung Pulau Melaka here yesterday.
The Syura Council is Pas’ highest decision-making body.
However, the former Kelantan menteri besar was not certain whether Hadi’s decision to back Khalid had driven a wedge among Pas members.
“I do not know whether the decision has split Pas into two.
“Even if the party president did not comment on the controversy, I would have done so,” said Nik Aziz.
PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had said on Friday that PKR was not bound by the decision made by the Syura Council.
Nik Aziz said it was PKR’s prerogative to sack Khalid.
He said the sacking was an internal matter of the party and did not involve Pas.
“PKR can sack any of its members.
“That is not our problem.”
Asked whether he had expected Khalid to be sacked, Nik Aziz said nothing was impossible in politics.
Pas Shah Alam member of parliament Khalid Samad had also hit out against the Syura Council’s decision.
His reputation among party members came under fire for his bold rejection of the council’s resolution.
On Khalid Samad’s alleged breach of ranks, Pas Selangor commissioner Iskandar Samad said the decision whether to take disciplinary action against him was the prerogative of the central leadership.
“At the same time, Khalid Samad needs to understand that the decision made by the Syura Council should be endorsed by all party members.”
PAS Ulama’ Couincil or Majlis Syura, made a strong stance for Khalid to continue as MB Selangor. PAS Spiritual Leader Nik Aziz and Deputy Dato’ Haron Din explained that the decision is made after weighing the interest of the Selangor State versus the morbid political aspiration of Anwar Ibrahim just ascend power.
PAS Ulama Council via Acting Head Dato’ Ahmad Yakob also stated that PAS is prepared to exit the unregistered political organisation.
PAS ready to exit Pakatan, says Ulama Council
Published: 10 August 2014
PAS’s Ulama Council today said the party was prepared to exit the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition over the Selangor menteri besar saga.
Earlier, the party’s spiritual leader, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, had said PAS was prepared to leave PR because of differences on the sacking of Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim by his party, PKR.
The other partner in PR is DAP, which has also backed PKR.
The council’s acting head, Datuk Ahmad Yakob, said this would be nothing new as PAS had exited Barisan Nasional (BN) and an alliance with the now defunct Semangat 46 party to pursue its struggle on its own.
“If we (PAS) have to go it alone, we accept that. This is the history of PAS that was mentioned by Tok Guru (Nik Aziz). PAS’s struggle has never been easy.
“PAS’s Shura Council (the party’s highest decision-making body) made the decision (on Khalid’s position as MB). It was based on constitutional provisions,” he said today.
On Friday, Nik Aziz and his deputy, Datuk Dr Haron Din, issued a joint statement saying that the Shura Council held the view that Khalid should remain as the MB so long as he had not betrayed the people’s trust.
Ahmad, who is the Menteri Besar of Kelantan, however, said he wanted to see the issue resolved amicably and denied the crisis had caused a split in PR.
“Not at all. It helps us mature in politics and I ask everyone to remain calm and find the best solution.
“If the Selangor assembly is dissolved, that will also be a problem.”
Asked whether Khalid should join PAS now that he was an independent, Ahmad said this was Khalid’s decision. – Bernama, August 10, 2014.
PAS is party claimed to be upholding the struggle as per stated in the Al Quran and Hadith, that is governed by the CWC. However, it supposed to adhere policies and interpretations of philosophy and theology from the Ulama Council.
This is the ideology of the party that majority of PAS grassroots understand and stood by.
However, many of strategic positions in the PAS CWC have been taken over by liberal and pro-Anwar Ibrahim leaders, dubbed as Erdogans. More and more pro-Ulama’ leaders whose stance are truthful on the teachings and position and role of Islam in Malaysia, were either sidelined or ousted.
The most prominent example is former PAS Selangor Commmissioner Dato’ Dr Hassan Ali, who was sacked because of making remarks against PAS’s support towards Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim on the Sodomy II. Dr Hassan stance that the case is Anwar’s personal issue and PAS as a party should abstain from it.
Other glaring issues are no ‘Kalimah Allah’ and ‘Hudud’, which contradicts directly against the stance of PAS’s unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows DAP and PKR on the matter.
Clearly, majority of PAS grassroots are with the PAS Ulama’ Council on these and very unhappy with the CWC’s stance.
Former PAS Selangor Secretary Norman Toha
The original stance of PAS on the attempt to oust Khalid as MB Selangor and sacking from PKR as a member is an opportunity which saw many of PAS’s grassroots demonstrated their displeasure and discomfort with Anwar Ibrahim and PAS’s political relationship with DAP.
If Ahmad’s statement is taken as gospel, then PAS grassroots would adhere to the party as a stand alone political organisation. PAS’s stance to back Khalid as MB Selangor actually demonstrated a lot of courage that the party is for the interests of the rakyat well ahead of political games and drama.
It is no mystery even to PAS grassroots Khalid is a better MB choice for Selangor compared to Wan Azizah, hands down.
If the belief and value of PAS’s original struggle is something close to the heart for the majority of its grassroots, then the gluttony of ascending to power is of lesser on the priority list. Especially, when the power has to be ‘shared’ if not subservient to Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Guan Eng.
It is time for a ‘PAS Spring’. PAS grassroots should rise and take away power from the Anwaristas and Erdogans, who are driving PAS away from its original philosophy, struggle and purpose.