Selangor PAS to remain with state govt


PETALING JAYA: Selangor PAS today quashed rumours that it wanted to quit from the PKR-led Selangor government following the recent bickering between the two parties.

It wanted to uphold the mandate it received in the last general election.

In a statement, Iskandar Abdul Samad, who was recently dropped as the Selangor PAS commissioner, said he wanted to stay on to ensure all state government programmes and people-friendly initiatives were successfully implemented.

Iskandar is the housing, building management and urban settlement executive councillor.

He, along with Zaidy Abdul Talib (state infrastructure exco) and Yunus Hairi (Islamic Affairs exco) are the three PAS representatives in Menteri Besar Azmin Ali’s administration.

“We will continue to play an active role in the government in line with the commitments made since March 2008,” he said, alluding to the time when the opposition wrested Selangor from BN.

Iskandar added that Selangor PAS would continue to cooperate with the current leadership.

His declaration today comes after the Islamist party voted unanimously, at the muktamar last month, to terminate the “tahaluf siyasi” (political cooperation) with PKR after accusing the party of working with PAS splinter party, Amanah.

They took exception to PKR showing visible support for Amanah during the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections in June last year when both PAS and Amanah lost to BN.

Iskandar’s statement also comes days after Selangor PAS reps were seen at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to welcome Azmin upon his return from Dubai. This contradicted speculation that they had gone against him.