ALOR SETAR: Kedah PAS rebels Datuk Phahrolrazi Mohd Zawawi and Dr Ismail Salleh have accepted their reappointment as state executive councillors as ordered by the central committee.
However, they would need to wait till later to take the oath of office as their appointment needs the assent of the Sultan of Kedah, who is also Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Phahrolrazi said he and Dr Ismail accepted the reappointment as the PAS central committee had ordered them to and also because of proposed changes in the administration of the state.
“We welcome the setting up of a central steering committee as this would provide state executive councillors with a channel to air their disappointment and present theirs argument in state administrative matters,” he told reporters at his house here.
Asked about conditions they had laid down for accepting reappointment, he said that they had become immaterial with the setting up of the steering committee.
“The committee was suggested by the PAS central committee.
“Although the Mentri Besar (Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak) still has the most power in the state administration, the steering committee can now help to settle any disagreement and issues in the state administration,” he said.
Phahrolrazi said he had turned to the state Dewan Ulama and PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat for guidance and had accepted their advice.
He added: “I can assure you that the running of the state government will change from today and it will be better.”
The Kedah PAS and the PAS central committee would synchronise their stand on issues, Phahrolrazi said.
Asked on the ultimatum that he as Kuala Kedah PAS chief had given his division deputy, Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah, to quit the exco or face isolation, he said the matter was now resolved.
Dr Ismail, who was silent during most of the press conference, said that he was now focusing on the next general election.
Azizan, meanwhile, said he would abide by the central committee decision.
Asked how he would handle the duo, he said: ”I did not kick them out. They chose to stay out. It was the decision of the central committee that they should be reappointed. Thus it is better for the committee to handle them.”
Azizan also welcomed the setting up of the steering committee.
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