Despite calls to cut ties, PAS welcomes PKR veep at AGM

BY RAM ANAND
PKR vice-presidet Shaharuddin Badaruddin (right) is seated next to PAS information chief Nasrudin Hassan at the Islamist party's main general assembly in Alor Setar, Kedah that starts today. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

ALOR SETAR, April 29 — PKR vice-president Shaharuddin Badaruddin was given a lukewarm welcome when he showed up at the PAS annual general meeting here today amid increasing calls from the Islamist party’s delegates to sever ties with the Pakatan Harapan component.

In his opening address, PAS permanent chairman Hussin Ismail acknowledged Shaharuddin’s presence and said the latter was welcome.

But PAS delegates appeared more keen to listen to the speeches and seemed to largely ignore Shaharudin.

The Islamist party’s influential clergy class and Youth wing have both approved motions to cut ties with PKR in the last two days.

The motion is expected to crop up again at the main assembly before it is forwarded to the powerful Syura Council for the final decision.

Yesterday, PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail urged PAS leaders to immediately quit their posts in PKR-led Selangor government if the religion-based party goes through with the motion to cut ties.

But newly-elected PAS Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi countered by saying his party’s representatives need not resign as Selangor state executive councillors as they were “not appointed by PKR.”