ALOR SETAR: PAS aims to win 40 parliamentary seats in the next general election and hopes to rule five states while being helmed by almost the same line-up as two years ago.
Yesterday, party delegates voted in all the incumbent vice-presidents – Bukit Gantung MP Idris Ahmad, Deputy Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah and Selangor exco member Datuk Iskandar Samad.
The delegates – slightly more than 1,000 of them in all – rejected the only contender for the post, its information chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi.
Party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man won their respective posts uncontested.
Outgoing PAS Youth chief Nik Mohd Abduh Nik Mohd Aziz made it into the 18-member central committee with 1,005 votes.
Later at a press conference, Abdul Hadi announced the reappointment of Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan as the party’s secretary-general.
Abdul Hadi said the delegates were satisfied with the present leadership and confident about them leading the party into the next general election.
PAS researcher centre director Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki said the party’s ambitious target for the next general election was based on the findings of comprehensive studies and simulations carried out by the party.
“The figure of 40 parliamentary seats and us ruling in five states is not something that we plucked out of thin air.
“We know where we are right now. It is not just empty talk,” he said in his winding up speech at the conclusion of the party’s muktamar yesterday.
Dr Zuhdi said his team had assessed more than 100 scenarios that could take place during the election and came to the same conclusion.
“Three-way contests or one-on-one contests – we have simulated more than 100 different scenarios,” he added.