Damned for Desperation

It is very clear that PAS is divided dead in the centre and heading towards implosion. All recent developments the past two years, have been translated into where the clergies within demanded that co-operation with Chinese Chauvinists DAP and liberalised PKR to be reviewed.

Published: Saturday November 23, 2013 MYT 8:23:00 PM
Updated: Saturday November 23, 2013 MYT 8:25:34 PM

PAS passes resolution to review political cooperation with DAP, PKR



BY RAHMAH GHAZALI

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SHAH ALAM: PAS has appeared to heed the calls from party conservatives as it passed a resolution to review the tahaluf siyasi (political cooperation) with its partners PKR and DAP.

The resolution, which was proposed by the Dewan Ulama, was approved without debate.

However, they acknowledged the success of the political cooperation, which was the reason they retained Kelantan, Penang and Selangor.

The Dewan Ulama said that the proposal would be forwarded to the highest policy decision-making body, namely Majlis Syura Ulama and PAS committee, to review and revise the cooperation.

“It also needs to assess the strengths and weaknesses, success and failure of the tahaluf siyasi since it was first established, and weigh its pros and cons in order to improve and strengthen Pakatan Rakyat ahead of the next general election,” they said.

Kuala Kangsar PAS division had also called for similar resolution so that the party could strengthen the political cooperation with allies.

“We realise that PAS is known as a party that is supported by ulama and Muslim leaders.

“PAS is also known to be a party that fights on a platform that holds strongly on Islamic principles,” they said.

Therefore, they said that PAS should take a firm stand on matters that touch on its principles and party policies.

Dewan Ulama chief Datuk Harun Taib had previously called for the review of the party’s political cooperation with allies PKR and DAP in the wake of the party’s dwindling support in the May 5 general election.

He said this was because PAS was no longer dominant in Pakatan Rakyat and its position in the alliance was “weaker than ever” for being “too accomodating” to its allies in order to garner support from non-Malays.

There were also talks that PAS leadership wasn’t firm enough with its stand on the usage of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims and the implementation of hudud law.

Other resolutions passed without debate were to streamline Pakatan Rakyat policies in the three states.

The resolution, which was proposed by the Dewan Ulama, said that it was time that the coalition standardised the administration policies to show that the three parties were united in governing the states.

Meanwhile, PAS also passed a resolution by PAS Teluk Intan division to ensure that the party remained free from Syiah teachings and urged the party to remain vigilant.

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PAS is to review the concept of Tahaluf Siyasi

PAS assembly passes motion to review concept of Tahaluf Siyasi

NOVEMBER 23, 2013

The PAS Muktamar was held at the Stadium Malawati in Shah Alam, Selangor, today. The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, November 23, 2013.The PAS Muktamar was held at the Stadium Malawati in Shah Alam, Selangor, today. The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, November 23, 2013.

The PAS assembly today passed without debate the motion made by its Dewan Ulama which calls on the party to study, review and evaluate the concept of Tahaluf Siyasi (political cooperation) in the opposition pact.

The motion stated that this was to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses, as well as success and failures, of the concept in terms of “mafsadah” (harm) and “maslahah” (benefit).

It was also aimed at improving and strengthening the opposition pact to face the 14th general election.

Also passed without debate was the motion made by a Teluk Intan PAS delegate calling for the party leadership to ensure that no PAS leaders and staff would become followers of Shia teachings.

The assembly also passed the motion from a Pandan PAS delegate demanding for the status of the Jawi script to be uplifted to preserve the national writing heritage. – Bernama, November 23, 2013.

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The clergy or ulama’ group is getting very restless with issues which are incriminating PAS drifting further away from the fundamentals of its own founding principles such as the ‘Sale of alcohol near the mosque’, ‘protelysation of Malay-Muslim’, ‘kalimah Allah’ and ‘Hudud’.

Where as the bolder and more ambitious New Turks or fondly dubbed by media as ‘Erdogans’, who are getting more prominence and gaining more strategic position within the party which was formed by clergy group dissenters originally from UMNO, are downplaying against all these issues and uphold the position of Pakatan Rakyat.

The stance on ‘kalimah Allah’ alone saw how the two faction within PAS is deeply divided.

Hudud is a very classic case. PAS charged UMNO for being infidels for not enacting and implementing Hudud, where as DAP is vehemently against the syariah criminal law.

How PAS members especially at the grassroot level and amongst the rural folks who are staunch supporters of the party perceive the ongoing second sodomy trial on Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim is also a divisive factor. The fact that former PAS Selangor Commissioner Dato’ Dr Hassan Mohd. Ali was expelled from the party for questioning PAS stance on Anwar’s sodomy case, which was presented as a ‘private criminal case instead of political’ was taken in the wrong stride.

The fact that incumbent PAS Deputy President Mohamad Sabu only managed to retain his seat scrapping with a wafer thin margin against Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Mohamad Ammar Abdullah is a evidence that the Ulama faction within the party is figting back to regain their prominence and control.

The Ulama faction is obviously disturbed by the proven weakening of PAS clout amongst the majority Malays. However, the improved number absolute votes and seats won by Pakatan Rakyat served as the political expediency amongst the Erdogans.

This is also evidence that the Erdogans within PAS are just manipulating the popularity for the ideology of a so-called Islamist party amongst the Malays in the rural areas, for the benefit of Pakatan Rakyat gaining more political traction.

The party would eventually suffer being damned by the simpletons of the Malay majority. Just like how PAS was defeated in Kedah six months ago.

The obvious desperation of the Ulama faction to ensure that PAS remain relevant as a so-called Islamist party from the perspective of the majority of the Malays, especially in the rural areas, remains more important than its contribution for the Opposition coalition forming the next Federal Government post 14GE.

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