KUALA SELANGOR: The issue of severing ties with DAP saw emotions running high on the last day of PAS muktamar, with ousted deputy president Mohamad Sabu announcing his resignation from all posts held in Penang.
Mohamad, popularly known as Mat Sabu, surprised delegates when he said he would resign next week as a member of Penang’s Water Board and Endowment Land Board under the DAP administration.
“In view of the Dewan Ulama’s resolution to cut ties with DAP, I have decided to tender my resignation to adhere to the decision.
“I do not want to be seen as going against the norm of the party,” he said in his winding up speech as outgoing deputy president yesterday.
Mat Sabu, seen by many as the head of the progressive group in PAS, also surprised many when he said the party would grow stronger if it went solo.
He also urged his PAS colleagues in Selangor to follow his footsteps.
The Dewan Ulama unanimously approved the motion brought by newly elected PAS central committee member Mokhtar Senik on Wednesday.
The motion was accepted to be tabled by the assembly on Thursday.
However, the issue almost caused an uproar on the last day of the muktamar when information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar in his winding speech declared that the motion was too sensitive to be brought up for debate at the assembly.
Negri Sembilan delegate Faiz Fadzil quickly stood up and demanded an explanation as to why the issue was deemed sensitive.
“The delegates have the right to determine the direction of the party. If this matter is not decided at the muktamar, how do we explain to our grassroots members?” he asked.
Another delegate from Selangor said any decision on the tahaluf siyasi (political cooperation) should not be made in haste.
“We from Selangor would understand how important it is to have this tahaluf siyasi.
“Because of our win in Selangor, the mosques here are now filled with followers,” he said, adding that PAS had benefited from the cooperation within Pakatan Rakyat.
He then suggested that a special muktamar be held to debate the motion.
Secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali later told delegates that the assembly was not the right platform to decide the matter.
“No final decision has been made although the motion was tabled at the assembly.
“We have procedures to follow and issues concerning religious laws are to be decided by the Syura Council,” he said.
He added that the issue would be raised for discussion at the central committee before being brought to the council for a final decision.