PASIR PUTEH: A Selangor PAS ulama delegate today questioned why an Amanah-friendly candidate was chosen as the party’s choice in the upcoming by-election in Sungai Besar.
Nik Bakri Nikmat, one of the delegates at the party’s ulama muktamar taking place here, was referring to PAS’s decision to field Meru Assemblyman Dr Abdul Rani Osman in the Sungai Besar parliamentary by-election on June 18.
Nik Bakri said the Central Ulama Committee should have said something before the final decision was made to ensure their candidate of choice would not later turn his back on PAS as he was Amanah-friendly.
“Selangor (Ulama) feels the ulama wing should be more strict when it comes to candidates.
“When it comes to leadership, be it the ulama or professionals, we in Selangor are okay with a professional being a leader in the state.
“But we want a genuine professional, not a ‘cetak rompak’ (pirated copy) in PAS,” Nik Bakri said in his speech while debating the policy address by the Ulama chief in Tok Bali here today.
Earlier, PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang announced that the party would field Abdul Rani in Sungai Besar.
Amanah is expected to announce its candidate tonight.
Rani is regarded as one of the prominent PAS members who is not seen aligned to the Ulama faction of the party, which successfully won the party elections by a landslide in 2015, leading to the formation of Amanah.