PAS reps vote to end ties with PKR

BY RAM ANAND
PAS delegates listening to the speech at the 63rd Muktamar at Kompleks PAS Kedah in Alor Setar April 30, 2017. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

ALOR SETAR, April 30 — PAS delegates today approved the motion to sever ties with PKR, its sole remaining link to the Pakatan Harapan opposition pact.

With the resolution at today’s muktamar, the matter will now move to the party’s powerful Syura Council that must decide whether to adopt the motion.

PAS also approved without debate a motion calling for the party to contest all PKR seats if there is no electoral pact in place before the general election. This matter must also be decided by the Syura Council.

The motion gave three reasons why PKR had allegedly violated the cooperation pact with PAS.

Among these was PKR’s support for Amanah, a PAS splinter party, during the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar twin by-elections last year.

It also cited PKR’s failure to lend greater support to PAS’s bid to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act and increase Shariah Court powers.

“Statements by PKR leaders also showed disrespect to PAS and ... no spirit of friendship,” said the motion, which was read out by an Ulama wing candidate.

The motion to contest in PKR seats was brought by Kota Raja and Kuala Terengganu PAS candidates.