KUALA LUMPUR: The Penang state government will not sack PAS representatives from their state government posts.
Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng said that since PAS had not asked its representatives to resign, he felt that the resignation threat was not serious.
“The current situation is – as long as the party does not ask its representatives to resign – it is just bluffing,” Lim told a press conference at Parliament.
He said that even if PAS representatives in the state government were to resign, the move would not affect Penang’s administration.
“DAP and PKR have 29 out of the 40 seats (in the state assembly). We have a comfortable majority,” he said.
He accused PAS of compromising the unity between Pakatan Rakyat parties.
“It is obvious that PAS killed Pakatan,” he said, adding that he was in the dark on PAS deciding to sever ties with DAP.
“We don’t know whether PAS will continue with its decision or not.”
Meanwhile, former PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar said there was no need for any special muktamar or EGM to debate the motion of severing ties with DAP.
“The recent muktamar has agreed and made the decision, now it is left to the PAS central committee and Syura Council to execute it,” said Mahfuz to reporters in Parliament. He admitted that the decision by the muktamar had made the situation in the Selangor state government unstable but there was no turning back.
“The ulama group has reviewed in detail before bringing up the motion,” he said.
Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali is steering clear of the PAS-DAP crisis.
Describing the crisis as childish behaviour of both parties, Azmin said he was focused on strengthening Pakatan’s position in his state.
“We have to bear the trust of the people and I will pick the rakyat’s choice. That is my responsibility,” said Azmin at the Parliament lobby.
Azmin said this in response to a question by a reporter asking which he would choose to work with – PAS or DAP – in governing Selangor.
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