PAS excos to remain in Selangor government

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PETALING JAYA: Hours after PAS announced they were severing ties with PKR, the Islamist party in Selangor vowed to remain in the PKR-led state government until the next general election.

In a brief statement, Selangor PAS commissioner Sallehen Mukhyi said the decision to do so was done out of respect for the mandate the people had entrusted them to carry out in the last general election.

There are currently three PAS exco members in the state’s administration headed by Menteri Besar Azmin Ali, who is also the PKR deputy president.

The three excos are Iskandar Abdul Samad who is the housing, building management and urban settlement executive councillor; Zaidy Abdul Talib (state infrastructure, public amenities and agro-based industry) and Yunus Hairi (Islamic Affairs).

“However, we will not be involved in any form of cooperation and political negotiations.

“Instead, we will focus on the Gagasan Sejahtera coalition to prepare for the next general election,” the Sabak assemblyman said, referring to the other opposition bloc it formed with Ikatan and Berjasa.

Earlier today, PAS formally announced that it was cutting ties with PKR, after the Islamist party’s Syura Council endorsed a decision reached at the recent PAS muktamar (general assembly) in Kedah to end almost two decades of cooperation with the multiracial party.

The PAS Syura Council justified its decision by saying PKR had breached the terms of its political cooperation with PAS.

Selangor PAS’ decision to remain in the state government echoes the sentiment of the party’s Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi who had last month said there was no reason why PAS exco members in Selangor should resign from their positions even if the party cut ties with PKR.

On May 8, Iskandar had also quashed rumours that PAS representatives wanted to quit the Selangor government following the recent bickering between the two parties.

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.

“We will continue to play an active role in the government in line with the commitments made since March 2008,” he was quoted as saying, referring to when Barisan Nasional lost control of the state to a coalition comprising PKR, DAP and PAS.

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