PAS Youth says yes to sever ties with PKR, citing Selena Gomez concert

BY RAM ANAND
A PAS party member attends the 58th Dewan Pemuda PAS Muktamar in Alor Setar April 28, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

ALOR SETAR, April 28 — PAS Youth delegates unanimously voted today in favour of a motion to cut all ties with PKR, its last political ally from the Pakatan Harapan Opposition pact.

The decision comes on the heels of a similar motion that was also unanimously passed by the Islamist party’s clergy class yesterday.

The Youth motion was proposed by Kuala Terengganu delegate Abdul Rahman Che Mat at the end of its annual general meeting, which received resounding support from his peers.

Abdul Rahman’s motion stated that PKR has shown by its actions that it is an “opportunistic” party, and that PAS should no longer have any relationship with it.

Shah Alam delegate Aubidullah Fahim Ibrahim, who seconded the motion, claimed the Selangor government’s nod for Selena Gomez to hold a concert in the state capital last July showed its PKR leader was not strengthening Islam.

“In Selangor, the menteri besar is not working hard to strengthen Islam. Just like how they got excited about the Selena Gomez concert.

“They did not consider the voice of those from PAS, Muslims and also Islamic NGOs,” he said.

The Selangor government comprises representatives from PKR, PAS and DAP and is led by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, deputy president of PKR.

The PAS Youth meeting today also marked a leadership handover from Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz, the son of the party’s former spiritual leader, to Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi, the eldest son of incumbent president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Muhammad Khalil took the Youth chief position unchallenged during nominations.

Nik Abduh is now seeking a seat in the PAS central committee.