KUANTAN: PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and his deputy, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, retained their respective party posts uncontested at the party polls in conjunction with the 65th PAS muktamar this year.
Hadi has been leading the party since 2002 after succeeding the late Fadzil Noor, while Tuan Ibrahim has held the party’s number two post since 2015.
PAS Central Election Committee chairman Mohd Fuad Mohd Salleh said the decision was announced after no other candidate came forward to contest the top two posts after nominations were closed about three weeks ago.
Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar has confirmed that he would contest the vice-president’s post along with the three incumbents — Idris Ahmad, Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah and Iskandar Abdul Samad.
“A total of 29 qualified candidates have also announced their intention to contest for 18 seats in the PAS Central Executive Committee, and another 16 candidates to contest for 12 seats in the PAS Central Dewan Pemuda (youth wing’s) executive committee,” he told a press conference here today.
Also present were PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan, Pahang PAS commissioner Rosli Abdul Jabar and deputy commissioner Andansura Rabu.
Fuad said for the PAS Central Dewan Muslimat (women’s wing), all the top posts were also won uncontested by the incumbents, while 17 candidates would contest the 12 seats in the executive committee.
Meanwhile, he said Pahang Menteri Besar Wan Rosly Wan Ismail, Perlis Menteri Besar Azlan Man as well as Umno acting president Mohamad Hassan were expected to attend the PAS muktamar this year.
“We expect no less than 1,200 delegates to attend the muktamar this year and the party president is expected to deliver his message to all the delegates in a closed-door event on the evening of June 20 before officially opening the muktamar the following day,” he said.
The party’s 65th muktamar will begin with the Dewan Muslimat’s assembly on June 15 at the Bukit Gambang Convention Centre here, followed by the Dewan Pemuda meeting on June 19-20 at the same venue.
The PAS Dewan Ulama will meet at Wisma Belia Indera Mahkota here on June 20.
The party’s general assembly will take place at the Sukpa Indoor Stadium for three days, beginning June 21.