PAS to reward winners with state exco posts

  • Nation
  • Friday, 13 Feb 2004

GURUN: PAS will appoint its winning women candidates as state executive councillors in states captured by the party in the general election. 

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said the practice was not new.  

“We did this in 1959 and 1969 and we will do it now. Three of the four PAS senators in Dewan Negara are women,” he told reporters after launching the Kedah opposition alliance election machinery and manifesto at Kota Sarang Semut on Wednesday night. 

Kedah PAS deputy commissioner Mohamad Sabu said non-Muslims would also be appointed as state exco members if they win in the elections on an opposition ticket.  

He said the alliance would recognise the mother tongue of all races and the existence of Chinese and Tamil primary schools if they formed the state government in Kedah. 

The manifesto was not available to the press but according to Parti Keadilan Nasional vice-president Saifuddin Nasution it included finance, administration and education and would be unveiled in stages. 

PAS and Keadilan also announced the seat division between the two parties in Kedah, with PAS being allocated 10 parliamentary and 27 state seats and Keadilan five parliamentary and nine state seats. 

The parliamentary seats to be contested by PAS are Langkawi, Jerlun, Kubang Pasu, Padang Terap, Pokok Sena, Kuala Kedah, Pendang, Jerai (formerly Yan), Sik and Baling. 

Keadilan candidates will stand in Alor Star, Sungai Petani, Merbok, Padang Serai and Kulim/Bandar Baru. 

Among the state seats allocated to Keadilan are Derga, Kota Darulaman, Gurun, Sidam and Bakar Arang, Bukit Selambau, Kulim, Lunas and Kubang Rotan. 

Keadilan would also field Tian Chua and Irene Fernandez in Kedah. 

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