Hadi insists Pas not against non-ulama, professionals in party

FERNANDO FONG


CYBERJAYA: Pas has never ignored non-ulama or professionals in its leadership line-up, said president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang today.


He said the notion that the party was against the group was a lie propagated by certain quarters out to create division in the Islamic party.


"Pas had always involved people from all walks of life, right from the early days when the party was first established.


"There were many pioneers in Pas who come from non-ulama background," he pointed out.


Hadi was speaking in reference to the party’s election in 2015 which saw the exit of its progressive professional leaders notably former Pas deputy president Mohamad Sabu.


In that poll, the conservative faction took all the top posts - president, deputy president and three vice-president seats.


Hadi today stressed that non-ulama were also voted in during the 2015 party election, as some professionals were made part of the party’s central committee.


He was speaking to reporters during a convention for professionals at the Garden Residences here today.


Hadi said the convention was to encourage the participation of professionals in technocracy governance.


“A technocrat government is not a form of "theocracy" or "anti-democratic" as seen by some political science researchers.


"The idea of a technocrat government is an alternative that could be considered in certain circumstances in allaying public worries in the state of the nation," said Hadi.


Also present at the event was Pasir Mas MP and Pas central committee member Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz.