BN's decision on RUU355 not a stumbling block for Pas, says VP

DAWN CHAN

SHAH ALAM: The Federal government’s move not to take over Pas’ Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, is not a stumbling block to the Islamist party.

Though it is back to square one, Pas vice-president Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad said they saw no problem with going ahead on their own.

“From the start, it was Pas’ Private Member’s Bill. So what is the problem? We will go ahead and get it tabled it (at Parliament). I do not see it as a disadvantage to us,” said Iskandar.

Iskandar, who is also Selangor Pas commissioner and Chempaka assemblyman, said this when met on the sidelines of the state assembly today.

Meanwhile, Selangor Pas will not quit the PKR-led state government as there was no such order from its top leadership, said Iskandar.

Iskandar said there was no such instruction from Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to do so despite remarks from party members as well as certain leaders that it should be done after several youth divisions approve motions to sever ties with PKR recently.

“There is no directive to leave the Selangor state government. There are people who have been saying so but the president himself has never said anything like this. There are people who feel and act more like the president than the president (Hadi) himself.

“We are a disciplined party and if there are motions, we will wait for the results from the muktamar or the central leadership. If there is someone else who that thinks he is president, I will not follow his instruction.”