PETALING JAYA: Sutera Mall rejected PAS’s application to have their 60th PAS Muktamar (General Assembly) at the mall saying they will not allow any political parties to have gatherings or activities in their compound.
“The company's policy states that they will not rent their open area to any political parties for their gatherings or activities. We will only rent it for commercial purposes. We are very strict in that sense,” said Sutera Mall’s spokesman.
However, the spokesman added that in the future, if any political parties want to do campaigning during elections, they could use their area if they could get a permit from the authorities to do so.
PAS’s assistant secretary-general Khairul Faizi Ahmad Kamil said that Johor PAS will hold a meeting this evening to determine the status of the location of the Muktamar which will be held from Sept 18-20.
“Once we’ve decided, we will have a press conference to announce the venue and also explain why we had to make the venue change,” said Khairul when contacted by The Star Online.
Earlier on Wednesday, The Star Online received a leaked letter addressed to Johor PAS from Sutera Mall and it stated that they terminated PAS’s rental because the party failed to pay the balance sum of RM50,000 under the offer letter by the deadline stipulated by them before Aug 15.
“We hereby terminate the short term tenancy of the promotion area granted. While we were informed that you had on Aug 18 paid the balance into our account, we regret to inform that such late payment is not acceptable to us,” said the leaked letter.
Yesterday, PAS said it would hold its annual general assembly (Muktamar) at Parit Raja, Batu Pahat due to unforeseen circumstances.
According to Khairul, a new six-acre site in Parit Raja is privately owned by a PAS member and land leveling works are in progress.
"I would like to announce that 60th PAS Muktamar venue has been changed to Parit Raja, under the Sri Gading parliamentary constituency near University Tun Hussein Onn.
“This change was because we received a letter from Sutera Mall and our cheque was also returned by the landlord of the mall.
“In the last one week, Sutera Mall was pressured by certain quarters to give our cheque back to us. Thus, we were not allowed to use their venue.
"We are disappointed with this last minute change.
“We have to bear the cost of it because the new venue is 100km away from the previous venue," said Khairul yesterday in a joint press conference with PAS’s information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar at PAS Headquarters in Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur.
"We have fifteen days to prepare for the event. We believe that Johor is the best place for delegates to express their thoughts and agendas," said Khairul.
The Muktamar is expected to be held from Sept 18 to 20.