PAS polls: You're overreacting to 'cut ties' motion, DAP told

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  • Saturday, 06 Jun 2015

KUALA SELANGOR: Without an official decision from the Syura Council, PAS has told its Pakatan Rakyat ally DAP not to "overreact" over the Dewan Ulama’s motion to sever ties.

“Why are they so hasty in making such remarks when no decision has been made yet?” Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamad (pic), the Dewan Ulama chief, said when met by reporters here at the muktamar on Saturday.

He said the motion - to cut ties with DAP but remain in Pakatan Rakyat - has to go through several stages before a final decision is made.

“Although the PAS muktamar approved the motion, this matter involves policies. We need to refer to the Syura Council first,” he said.

Following PAS' decision to approve the motion without debate at the just-concluded muktamar, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the Penang government would accept the resignation of PAS leaders holding positions in the state department and agencies.

Newly-elected vice-president Datuk Muhammad Amar Nik Abdullah said DAP was overreacting to the muktamar's decision.

“They don’t even know what the real story is. We are only at a discussion stage.

“It is like asking for a hand in marriage. We have yet to talk to them, but they already said no to us. That’s very bad,” he told reporters.

Mahfodz said it was their concern not to rush into making a decision that would affect the Pakatan Rakyat administration in Selangor.

“PAS has a strong footing in Selangor. But if we rush into this, it would destabilise the state government. That’s why we have to let the Syura council decide,” he said.

Selangor executive councillor Iskandar Abdul Samad said Lim’s decision will not affect ties in the state.

“It will be business as usual in Selangor. The Selangor PAS delegates want the cooperation to continue in the state,” he said.

Lim’s statement came after several media outlets reported that PAS had officially severed ties with DAP.

At a press conference earlier, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said he would wait for the official report from Penang PAS when asked on Lim’s statement. 

“We have yet to receive any clear information on this,” he said.

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