Azmin did not ask PAS excos to resign, says aide

Mat-Suhaimi-Shafie-azmin1PETALING JAYA: An aide to Selangor menteri besar Azmin Ali has denied a report that he had requested the three PAS assemblymen in the state executive council to step down.

His political secretary Mat Suhaimi Shafie said the media report that Azmin, who is PKR deputy president, had asked the trio to resign was inaccurate and a “spin”.

“As far as I know it never happened,” Suhaimi told FMT today.

The Star Online had earlier today said Azmin asked Iskandar Samad, Ahmad Yunus Hairy and Zaidy Abdul Talib to make way during an hour-long meeting also attended by PAS’ new state commissioner Sallehen Mukhyi yesterday.

This was in light of the PAS Syura Council’s move on Thursday to endorse the decision of the party’s muktamar (general assembly) on April 30 to end its “tahaluf siyasi” (political cooperation) with PKR.

The report said he had given an assurance that PAS could still remain as part of the state government in line with the mandate given by voters in the last general election in May 2013.

He gave his word that the party’s municipal and city council members, and those in the village security and development committees (JKKK), would have their status maintained, it said.

Suhaimi said Azmin made a clear stand that the current executive council line-up will be kept until the upcoming 14th general election (GE14) which is due by the middle of next year.

He said Azmin had also clarified the matter with the PKR leadership.

Yesterday, Azmin had informed the Selangor Sultan that the present line-up would be maintained until the election despite PAS’ move to end the ‘tahaluf siyasi’, during the opening of Masjid Perodua by Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

PAS’ Syura Council had listed three purported violations by PKR for its decision.

They included PKR’s alleged opposition to PAS’ move for shariah amendments in the Dewan Rakyat and its supposed collaboration with other parties to bring down the PAS-led Kelantan government.

The council also accused PKR, which has supported PAS splinter Amanah, of opposing PAS candidates during the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections in June last year.