Penang Pas says 'bye bye' to cooperation with PKR


GEORGE TOWN: A Penang Pas division leader has snubbed PKR’s olive branch on the possibility of continuing the two parties’ political pact.

Permatang Pauh Pas information chief Jamsari Samad said the decision to submit a motion to severe ties with PKR, which was made during the annual general meeting on Sunday, was final.

The motion is expected to be deliberated during Pas’s muktamar in Alor Star next month.

“There will be no more changes. The motion was passed during the annual general meeting and we will stick to it. Any future cooperation will depend on the national Pas leadership,” he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

Jamsari said Pas had held several meetings with PKR to iron out issues, but to no avail. The division also expressed dismay at PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s alleged opposition towards Pas’s private member’s bill, which had sought to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965.

“PKR continues to attack Pas and they showed no respect. We are disappointed with Dr Wan Azizah, who continues to speak against the bill,” said Jamsari.

Jamsari was commenting on PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s statement on the possibilities of mend political cooperation with the Permatang Pauh and Bayan Baru Pas divisions following Pas’ motions on ending ties with PKR.

The Selangor menteri besar said there was a chance for discussions between the two parties to resolve the matter, especially on defending the Permatang Pauh seat and to avoid multi-cornered fights in the next general election.

“My mission for the one-on-one fight (in the next general election) is still on. But, to execute that, all parties’ leadership will have to sit down and discuss. We will continue our discussions (with Pas) and see what will happen in its muktamar,” Azmin said.

In Shah Alam, Selangor Pas commissioner Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad said it was unlikely to have similar motions from the state divisions. He said such a motion would not be enforced immediately, even if it was supported by the delegates.

“If it is accepted as a motion in the muktamar, delegates can choose whether to support it. Later, the motion will need to be approved by Pas’s Syura Council. If it is approved, it will be up to the Central Committee to decide how and when to implement it.”

In Kuching, inter-party ties continue to sour after Pas remained adamant to distance itself from DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara, following the purported revival of Pakatan Harapan in the state.

State Pas Youth chief Mohammad Arifiriazul Paijo said the party was prepared to battle it out alone against other opposition parties and Barisan Nasional in the next general election.

“Pas was never part of Pakatan Harapan. So, it is all right. The party will continue to fight for what it believes in.”

Additional reporting by GOH PEI PEI