PAS polls: Pro-ulama candidates sweep to victory


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  • Friday, 22 Nov 2013

From left Malaysia PAS Youth chief Nasarudin Hassan Tantawi, PAS Youth deputy chief Nik Abduh Nok Mohammad Abdul Aziz, PAS Youth deputy chief Dr. Raja Ahmad Al-Hiss Yaacob, PAS Youth Secretary Khairul Faizi Ahmad Kamil cast their votes in elections at the 54th Muktamar Pemuda PAS in civic hall, Petaling Jaya on November 21, 2013.. Rohaizat/Star.

PETALING JAYA: The pro-ulama team, including the son of party president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang, took two of the three Youth posts in a hard-fought contest.

Suhaizan Kaiat secured 320 votes, narrowly beating his pro-ulama rival Kamaruzaman Muhammad, who garnered 307 votes.

Suhaizan’s deputy Muhammad Khalil Hadi and vice-chief Khairil Nizam Khirudin are from the pro-ulama group.

Khalil beat Raja Ahmad Iskandar Raja Yaakob by a 73-vote majority.

About 50% of the 26 candidates contesting the 12 central Youth committee posts had religious academic background.

And those with religious background made up 50% of the new central committee line-up.

Hadi’s son-in-law Zaharuddin Muhammad is among the religious figures who had won the central committee posts.

Comedian Sulaiman Ibrahim, popularly known as Leman Raja Lawak, failed to secure a central committee post.

Former PAS deputy Youth chief Nik Abduh Nik Aziz said there should be a healthy balance of representatives from various disciplines in the central committee.

The Youth muktamar rejected a resolution to support ulama leadership, on the grounds that such a resolution would require amendments to the party constitution.

Meanwhile, in Shah Alam, it was status quo for the PAS Muslimat polls.

Siti Zailah Mohd Yusof retained her post as the women wing’s chief and Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud as her deputy.

Siti Zailah, who is Rantau Panjang MP, garnered 468 votes while her challenger Nuridah Salleh only managed to secure 189 votes.

Both women have contested against each other in the previous party polls in 2011, when Siti Zailah defeated Nuridah, who was the then PAS Muslimat chief.

A total of 665 delegates voted in the PAS Muslimat muktamar held at the Dewan Jubli Perak at the state secretariat building here yesterday.

Mumtaz Mohd Nawi retained the vice-chief’s post with 457 votes, defeating Dr Rosni Adam who obtained 201 votes.

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