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Motion to sever ties with PKR passed at PAS muktamar

 | April 30, 2017

Another motion urges PAS to consider placing candidates in all PKR seats.


ALOR SETAR: As widely anticipated, the PAS central muktamar has passed a motion to terminate the Islamist party’s political cooperation with PKR.

At PAS’ 63rd muktamar here today, the collective motion put forward by 21 PAS divisions, as well as the Dewan Ulama and PAS Youth, was passed with a resounding majority by delegates to shouts of “takbir” (God is Great)

The muktamar also passed a motion, without debate, urging the PAS leadership to carry out a study to be brought to the Syura Council – PAS’ highest decision-making body – to give the green light for PAS to place candidates in all PKR seats.

This is if an understanding between the two parties is not struck before the next general election (GE14).

In the 2013 general election, PKR contested 99 parliamentary seats and 172 state seats throughout the country.

According to Malacca PAS Dewan Ulama chief Zulkifli Ismail, Islam placed great importance on loyalty towards one’s allies and honouring agreements.

He said God placed two conditions for terminating the “tahaluf siyasi” (political cooperation) not honouring the agreement for the “tahaluf siyasi” and aiding enemies of Islam.

Zulkifli said the proposed termination of political cooperation is due to PKR contravening conditions of their political cooperation, which includes the upholding of Islam and Islamic policies.

“This can be proven through PKR’s support of an Amanah candidate against a PAS candidate in the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections,” said Zulkifli, who read out the motion.

“PKR also failed to support PAS’ efforts for the amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act. It appears that PKR stands with DAP in opposing the amendments.”

Zulkifli also cited the public statements of PKR leaders which show their rudeness towards PAS. This reflected their lack of loyalty to their allies.

In recent times, relations between PAS and PKR have been strained, with PAS taking offence to remarks made by some PKR leaders, including Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali, who is also PKR deputy president, and PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli.

“Therefore, we propose that the political cooperation between PAS and PKR be terminated, subject to the decision of the Syura Council, according to the provisions of the party’s constitution,” said Zulkifli.

This year’s muktamar is the second party assembly since the 2015 party elections.

It saw the defeat of several veteran leaders who later set up Amanah, which is now part of Pakatan Harapan, together with PKR, DAP and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

It was also then that PAS passed a motion to cut its ties with DAP.

PAS, PKR and DAP were once part of the now defunct Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

Should the Syura Council agree to sever ties with PKR, a clash between PAS and PKR could be on the cards, especially in Selangor, where both parties are part of a coalition government, alongside DAP.


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