KUALA LUMPUR: PAS’ Iskandar Abdul Samad has brushed aside the suggestion that he was replaced as the party’s state commissioner because of his moderate stance and tendency to maintain good relations with PKR and DAP.
The Selangor state executive councillor said he was dropped from the position to allow him to focus on his other role as PAS vice-president which he was re-elected to during the party’s last general assembly which ended on April 30.
The assembly had also seen the delegates voting in favour of PAS ceasing political cooperation with PKR which heads the Selangor government. This was endorsed by the PAS Syura Council on May 11.
“They want me to concentrate more on the national position, rather than focus on Selangor,” Iskandar said.
“Before this I was better known as the Selangor commissioner even though I was also the vice-president,” he told FMT yesterday.
He described as “speculation” the assertion by Klang MP Charles Santiago of the DAP, that Iskandar had been replaced with Sallehen Mukhyi on May 6 because of his friendly relations with PKR and DAP state leaders.
“There is a lot of speculation. Anybody can speculate. Whether it is right or wrong, we don’t know,” Iskandar said.
He added that the cooperation among members from various parties in the Selangor government was still good as they were focused on the well-being of the people.
On May 8, Santiago urged PKR leaders to wake up to the fact that PAS had become increasingly keen on working with Umno rather than with the opposition following the move to drop Iskandar as state commissioner.
He said Iskandar had always maintained good relations not only with PKR but in some respects with DAP as well.
“We see a rise of conservatism in PAS now but Iskandar was always moderate. With Iskandar being moved out now, it is very clear that PAS is no longer interested in working with PKR,” he said.
On May 18, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the party would remain in the Selangor administration despite severing political ties with PKR and refusing to cooperate with DAP which is also part of the government.
PAS has three executive councillors in Selangor under Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is PKR deputy president. They are Iskandar, Ahmad Yunus Hairi and Zaidy Abdul Talib. The state deputy speaker, Shafie Ngah, is also from PAS.