KOTA BARU: The Kelantan Government is allowing PKR representatives to decide for themselves if they want to relinquish their political appointments in Kelantan despite their party's directive to do so immediately.
PKR has 37 local councillors, 14 village chiefs, three state constituency supervisors, and three parliament constituency supervisors, among others, in PAS-controlled Kelantan.
PKR does not have any representation in the state executive council.
Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said although the administration would not be affected even if all PKR representatives were to quit, he hoped those affected would use their discretion and stay put.
“If they quit, we can get suitable candidates to replace them. But we hope they stay at least until the year’s end,” he said.
PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail issued a directive to all the party’s representatives to relinquish their political appointments in Kelantan on Tuesday after the PAS Syura council’s decision to cut ties with PKR.
Meanwhile, Kelantan PKR chief Ab Aziz Ab Kadir said they would abide by their party’s directive but would wait for the official letter before submitting their resignation letters.
PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said PKR had the legal right to ask its members to quit posts in Kelantan, but it could not force the Islamist party's executive councillors in Selangor to quit without the Sultan’s consent.
Takiyuddin said the PKR representatives were free to quit.
“But, in the case of the three PAS executive councillors in Selangor, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali should seek an audience with His Majesty if he no longer wants their services,” he added.