KLANG: Some PAS members in Selangor are unhappy that their party is breaking away from PKR.
Sources said the dissenting members were those who are on the state government’s payroll, ranging from religious teachers to village headmen.
They claimed that the affected party members were contemplating quitting PAS and joining Parti Amanah Negara.
A Selangor PAS assemblyman said the grassroots members were at a loss over the current turn of events.
“They are confused and they want the political camaraderie we enjoyed after the 2008 and 2013 general election to stay,” he added.
He said the PAS grassroots members do not agree to PAS forming an alliance with Umno.
Amanah communications director Khalid Samad claimed that about 5,000 PAS members will be out of a job if the Selangor government decides to boot PAS out of the state administration.
“We heard that they are not just unhappy about losing their rice bowls, but also because they cannot see how PAS can survive politically on its own and be part of a government,” he added.
For PAS to be a part of a government, Khalid said it would have to work with Pakatan Harapan or Barisan Nasional.
He welcomed disgruntled PAS members to join Amanah provided they were willing to work with other Pakatan parties.
“They can come but they must not bring in the party’s DNA into Amanah as it will destroy our party,” he added.
However, Selangor PAS information chief Hasbullah Ridzwan insisted that the party members in the state remained strong with the PAS decision to sever ties with PKR despite facing a possible loss of jobs and wages.
The break-up between PAS and PKR became official following a decision by PAS syura council last week.
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