Nash rules out contesting as independent in general election

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013

JAKARTA: Former PAS Syura Council member Nasharuddin Mat Isa has ruled out contesting as an independent in the coming general election if the party does not choose him as a candidate.

The Bachok MP, who attended a Global Movement of Moderates forum here, said he was still a party member.

Thus, it was not possible for him to contest as an independent.

“I don't mind (not being a candidate) as I can focus more on strengthening Islam through various causes and channels.

“One of the causes is the Global Movement of Moderates,” he said yesterday.

Despite being sacked as a Syura Council member, Nashruddin said he was still committed to the party.

“I abide by any decision made by the party leadership.

“I am still a member and I am actively involved in party activities,” he said.

It was reported that Nasharuddin was dropped from the council because he had been absent from its meetings on a number of occasions.

However, it has been speculated that the top leadership was unhappy about his ties with Umno leaders.

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