PETALING JAYA: PKR wants PAS to relinquish all posts in the Selangor government should the Islamist party decide to cut ties with the party.
However, PAS Youth disagreed, saying that its state exco members were appointed to “serve the people, not the party”.
In a statement here yesterday, PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution called on PAS to give up the posts, which he said was the only “respectful and dignified move”.
It would be better, he said, if such a decision was finalised immediately without any delay should PAS decide to end its tahaluf siyasi (political cooperation) with PKR.
“The only respectful and dignified move that can be done by all PAS members is to relinquish all posts in the state government once the decision is made,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
Any other move, warned Saifuddin, would only “nauseate” the rakyat.
This was because, he said, it would indicate that while the Opposition party was busy attacking others, including declaring that it would contest in PKR seats, it wanted to benefit from the positions it was holding in Selangor.
“Where is the logic behind the severing of ties with Amanah and DAP and yet, continuing to cooperate as a state government at the same time?” said Saifuddin.
Expressing regret over the criticisms and attacks against Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, he said he would not be surprised if the motion to cut ties was approved during PAS’ 63rd muktamar.
It was reported that PAS Ulama had approved a motion to cut ties with PKR immediately while its Selangor delegate had also chided Azmin for insulting party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
PAS, said Saifuddin, had also openly expressed its intention to take over a few states, including Selangor which was currently helmed by PKR.
“Any decision that will be made by PAS is fully within its right and PKR will respect it,” he said.
PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man was also reported as saying that the party would no longer be part of a coalition state government after the next general election.
Its Youth wing had also stated that it was vying to capture Kelantan, Selangor, Kedah, Pahang, and Terengganu in the polls.
Should PAS pull out of the Selangor government, it will leave the coalition with a simple majority of 29 seats out of 56 seats in the state assembly.
In ALOR SETAR, newly-elected PAS Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi said its state exco members must be allowed to continue with their job to serve the people
“If they are working for the people as entrusted to them by the party, there is no reason for them to quit,” he said.
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