Husam and Mat Sabu picked for party’s top panel

  • Nation
  • Friday, 12 Jun 2009

PETALING JAYA: Terengganu PAS commissioner Datuk Mustafa Ali has been appointed as the party’s new secretary-general while Datuk Husam Musa and Mohamad Sabu, who both lost the contest for the deputy president’s post, have been appointed to its new central working committee.

Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman, who failed to make it to the central working committee in the just-concluded party elections, was appointed as the new elections director, replacing Mustafa.

Husam, who is former PAS vice president, will be in charge of the party’s strategy and planning.

Dr Hatta Ramli has been retained as party treasurer while Idris Ahmad will be the new information chief.

Kota Raja MP Dr Mariah Mahmud and Wan Ubaidah Omar have been appointed to the central working committee, increasing the number of women to the decision-making post to three. Dr Lo’ Lo’ Ghazali was the sole woman elected to the committee.

The announcement, which was made by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang after chairing the party’s first central working committee meeting at PAS headquarters yesterday, is seen as an attempt to pacify disappointment expressed by supporters of PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat over the defeat of most of Kelantan PAS leaders in the party elections.

Abdul Hadi said the appointments would be able to strengthen the party.

Asked whether the leaders, including Husam and Mohamad, would accept the appointments, Hadi said “They are important leaders in the party. They will play an important role based on their experience.”

Mustafa declined to comment.

Husam said: “It is premature to comment. Call in two days’ time.”

Mohamad said he needed a week to think over the appointment saying that he would have to observe the developments in the party.

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