KUALA LUMPUR: PAS and Pakatan Harapan will both lose if the Islamist party is booted out of the Selangor government, says central committee member Datuk Mahfuz Omar (pic).
Mahfuz, who is Pokok Sena MP, said the move would see PAS lose out if it is in the opposition and cause division in the state government, consisting of PKR, DAP and PAS.
“ For the state government, it will lose the support of PAS members and its followers.
“ What I believe is that it will cause a divide in the state government, PAS as party itself and Pakatan Harapan as a whole," he told reporters at Parliament lobby.
Mahfuz was commenting on a report that Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali had told three PAS exco members that they should resign if their party insists on contesting in the Sungai Besar parliamentary by-election on June 18.
Azmin wants PKR to contest the seat instead of the warring PAS and Parti Amanah Negara, a PAS splinter party.
Mahfuz said many in PAS feel it would not be fair for their exco members to be booted out of the government as it would deprive them of the opportunity to present their side of the opposition fight.
However, he said he had to verify the statement from Azmin.
"We haven't received any official notification on it. Just through word of mouth and text messages.
"What I do know is that a majority of PAS Adun (assemblymen) in the state had flown to Kuala Terengganu to meet the party president and perhaps it was to discuss this matter,” he said.
Mahfuz said the best way to resolve the issue was for PAS and its breakaway party Parti Amanah Negara to negotiate.
"PAS and Amanah contesting in the same place making it a three-cornered fight will complicate things for Azmin.
“He is allies with Amanah in Pakatan Harapan, as for PAS, we are in the state government.
“If PAS and Amanah can negotiate on seats, taking one each in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar, I believe that would resolve the entire problem," he said.
Asked if the actual problem was between PAS and Amanah or PAS and PKR, Mahfuz said the issue could be resolved if Amanah and PAS reached a consensus.
"So I hope that they would sit down and negotiate, then for sure PKR too would give in. If they continue, it would complicate things, especially in Sungai Besar," he added.
He also pointed out that it was not fair for PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to say that he would not negotiate anymore.