PAS urged to contest 50 parliamentary seats in GE15


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  • Sunday, 13 Sep 2020

PETALING JAYA: PAS should contest at least 50 parliamentary seats in the next general election, says its Youth chief Khairil Nizam Khirudin.

"PAS must be prepared to take the lead," he said.

Speaking at the 66th Muktamar on Sunday (Sept 13), he called upon members to serve as cybertroopers to counter propaganda against the party.

Although PAS had almost one million members, only 25,000 subscribed to the party's print media Harakah.

He said however that the print media was still relevant in reaching out to traditional voters.

However, Harakah daily attracted between five and eight million hits a month, he said.

Mursyidul Am (spiritual leader) Datuk Hashim Jasin said PAS has no qualms pulling out of any coalition if its partners betrayed the cause.

He said PAS was willing to separate with anyone, including good friends.

"This is not a threat. We befriend all.

"But if a friend does something contradictory, we will leave the friend, no matter who," he said.

He said that Perak delegate Mat Salleh Said had put it rightly that PAS was a party that befriended all and fought against all.

"It is true what he said," he said.

Hashim said initially, he was worried if PAS' decision not to contest in Sabah became a hot topic during the 66th Muktamar.

But even the youth delegates had emphasised during debates the need to remain loyal to the leadership, he said.

"It goes to show that the seeds of loyalty to leadership sown by past leaders have started bearing fruit," he added.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said PAS was a flexible and dynamic party that could change its position according to situations, reality and challenges.

"But we will remain true to our policy, principles and aim. That will not change," he said.

He said PAS had even sacked an MP in 1969 even when it meant losing a seat in Parliament.

Deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man expressed disappointment against those telling them not to contest in Sarawak and certain other places.

"It is sad when some friends say PAS is not suitable in Sarawak and so on," he said in his winding-up speech during the one-day 66th Muktamar.

He said PAS had proven its commitment in the fight against corruption and abuse of power.

PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the party had more than a million members, but only 806,159 were active.

He said Kedah has the highest membership (170,342), followed by Kelantan (131,362) and Terengganu (110,087).

Meanwhile, award-winning film director Murali Abdullah, 57, left Amanah to join PAS.

Murali submitted his membership application form during the Muktamar.

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