Be prepared to go it alone in GE14, Pas Youth tells members

ADIE SURI ZULKEFLI




YAN: Pas Youth members have been advised to prepare for any possibility in the 14th general election (GE14), including fighting lone battles should the Islamic party decide to sever ties with PKR, and other opposition parties which do not respect its policies.

Its national deputy chief, Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi, said Youth members should adhere to the decision were it made – even if it means Pas would stand alone in GE14.

He also reminded Youth members that they must stand behind the party leadership’s and Syura Council’s decisions on political cooperation, or ‘tahaluf siyasi’, with partners in the opposition block.

"(Pas) has been fighting (general elections) alone, and together with other opposition parties under the Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah (APU), Barisan Alternatif and Pakatan Harapan.

"We are willing to work with any opposition party as long as they respect our principles and policies in upholding Islam.

"But I must stress that we will never sacrifice our struggles just because we want to win in the general election, and we welcome any party out there to join the Gagasan Rakyat pact led by Pas," he told reporters after opening the 51st Kedah Pas Youth annual delegates conference muktamar at Jerai Pas division headquarters in Padang Lumat, here today.

Khalil said Pas Youth delegates are debating the issue of partnerships with other parties at the ongoing delegates conferences, and all motions passed at the state-level will be debated at the Youth and party's annual muktamar in Kedah at the end of this month.

The final decision will be made by the Syura Council, Pas’ highest decision-making body.

Meanwhile, Kedah Pas Youth chief Mohd Azam Abd Samat said the state Youth wing still maintains a cordial relationship with their counterparts in the state PKR.

"However, we will comply with any decision made by the party leadership with regard to our cooperation with PKR in the GE14.

"As a political party, it is always good to have as many (allies) as possible in facing the general election, but we need to make sure that they are indeed true allies who will not stab us in the back," he said.

It was reported that a number of Pas divisions in several states have passed motions calling for the party leadership to sever ties with PKR for refusing to end its relationship with the DAP, which has been making disparaging remarks about and attacking Pas policies.

The state Pas Youth wing muktamar today will see an election for the state vice-chief and state committee member posts, as the wing has received only one nomination each for the state youth chief and deputy youth chief posts.