Amanah to PAS: Follow PKR’s lead in Kelantan

Salahuddin-AyubKUALA LUMPUR: Amanah today said PKR’s “honourable” decision to order its political appointees in the Kelantan administration to quit immediately should be emulated by PAS in Selangor, following the Islamist party’s decision to sever ties with PKR.

Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub said the move by PKR — its Pakatan Harapan ally — was a lesson to all political parties.

“They were very gentlemanly about it and their action shows they have integrity,” he told reporters here.

Last night, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail announced that the party’s political appointees in the PAS-led Kelantan administration must step down immediately since PAS had ended political cooperation with PKR.

PAS had accused PKR of violating the terms of their political cooperation by failing to support the Islamist party’s Islamic agenda and working against it in the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections last year.

PKR denied the allegations.

Despite its decision, PAS declined to order its representatives to withdraw from the Selangor administration, which is headed by Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, the deputy president of PKR.

The PAS office-holders in Selangor include three excos —Iskandar Abdul Samad, Zaidy Abdul Talib and Yunus Hairi.

PAS has been a member of the Selangor state administration since the 2008 general election, along with PKR and DAP, after the three parties together captured the state from Barisan Nasional.

The three then formed the Pakatan Rakyat coalition government, which retained power in the state in the 2013 polls.

PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said the excos would not budge from their positions unless they were directed to do so by Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

He said they would ignore any order to step down from Azmin as they had been appointed to their posts and were performing their duties with the consent of the Selangor sultan.

Takiyuddin claimed the party had made their stand based on the Federal Constitution and state laws.