Monday, June 22, 2015

PAS could face breakaway party if leadership doesn’t deliver within 100 days

 A PAS MP linked to the progressives group has given the party a 100 day ultimatum to go back to the days when it was more inclusive or face a new Islamic party.

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad said that many people did not see the new direction the party wanted to bring as being promising or in line with their wishes.   

“I am worried the rakyat will not give the party 100 days. I think many people are beginning to leave PAS…or have less faith in them,” he told the Star Online when contacted on Tuesday.

The ultimatum he said follows PAS vice-president Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah who requested that the party’s new leadership be given 100 days to prove themselves.

Khalid said that when PAS was under the leadership of the late Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat and late Datuk Fadzil Noor, the party adopted an inclusive approach.

“There was unity in the membership. They were very sincere with the NGOs and the component parties of both Barisan Alternatif and Pakatan Rakyat. They were able to portray that the political Islam PAS is bringing was to ensure justice. Irrespective of whether you are Muslim or otherwise,” he said.

Khalid however denied that a new party would have anything to do with Pasma but rather the so-called progressives of the party.
“We are not bothered about losing our posts. We care about the direction of the party,” he said referring to the recent party elections where the progressive group were sidelined in favour of the “ulama” group in the party.

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