Ulama delegate wants PAS to ditch PKR after insult

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
Selangor delegate Nik Bakri Nik Mat has urged PAS to sever ties with PKR. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

ALOR SETAR, April 27 ― A delegate at the PAS ulama wing assembly here today urged the party to sever ties with PKR.

Selangor delegate Nik Bakri Nik Mat said the party leadership must act against PKR after its deputy president and Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Azmin Ali was said to to have insulted PAS' revered clergy class.

“We should consider severing ties with PKR immediately as in politics, it may be acceptable to criticise but not insult, especially against our president,” he said at the wing's policy speech debate.

Nik Bakri then warned Azmin against insulting the party's ulama.

“To mentri besar Azmin Ali, watch your mouth and don't ever insult the ulama”.

Last month, Azmin took to Twitter to criticise a PAS leader who openly told the press of the party's intention to wrest Selangor in the upcoming general election.

“There's this Tok Lebai who wants to take over Selangor. You lost in your own seat,” Azmin wrote.

The leader referred to was believed to be Nik Abduh Nik Mat, the party's youth chief at the time.

The statement underscored the frail relation between the two parties that once sat together in the Pakatan Rakyat federal Opposition pact.

PAS has since abandoned the pact after a fallout with the DAP early last year, but chose to remain in the Selangor government by maintaining ties with PKR. The DAP is also part of the Selangor state government.

The party's information chief Nasrudin Hassan told the media in February that PAS’ ties with PKR would be reviewed at its muktamar after PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Awang said the party will not cooperate with anyone with ties to the DAP.