GEORGE TOWN: PAS has not changed and remains true to its struggle to uphold Islam, giving it top priority, said Penang PAS commissioner Muhammad Fauzi Yusof.
“The only thing that has changed are the leaders. Leaders come and leaders go, but PAS remains firm in its objective as before,” Fauzi told FMT.
Fauzi was reacting to former PAS vice-president Husam Musa’s remarks that the party’s original struggle had “died” following the death of its former spiritual leader, Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, two years ago.
Husam, who was appointed recently as a vice-president of Amanah, made the claim in a talk on “Nik Aziz’s way of thinking” at the Chinese Assembly Hall auditorium in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
He accused PAS of abandoning Nik Aziz’s advice to act wisely when dealing with other political parties, pointing to PAS’ allegedly close relationship with Umno now although the two parties were political enemies for years.
Husam was a protégé of Nik Aziz when the latter served as Kelantan menteri besar. He joined Amanah last August after falling out with the current PAS leadership.
Fauzi stressed that PAS had remained strong even after Nik Aziz’s death and continued to follow his advice and carry on his teachings.
PAS was also getting more new members every month, he added, which proved that the party was expanding and winning the trust of Malaysians.
As for Husam’s entry into Amanah, Fauzi said anyone was free to join any party they wished.
“Even without him (Husam), PAS has not suffered any loss. In fact, it is better to have him go rather than ‘simpan duri dalam daging’ (being a thorn in the flesh),” he said.