KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor PAS’ decision to stay put in the running of the state is testament that the Islamic party needs to stand with the other opposition parties to stay relevant.
Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) strategic director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the state PAS leadership’s decision to stay with the state government showed that it leaders were far sighted.
The former PAS central committee member said that his former party’s colleagues in Selangor feel that the party would fare poorly should they remain solo at the next general election.
“To me, they (Selangor PAS leadership) are far sighted and possess leadership principles as they know the consequences of staying out of the opposition pact.
“As leaders who are closer to the grassroots, they have predicted the worst for the party. The party is not consistent with its stand,” Dzulkefly told Berita Daily when contacted.
PAS is not in Pakatan Harapan, an opposition coalition consisting of PKR, DAP and Amanah. The fallout was after PAS insisted on its hudud agenda which was vehemently opposed by DAP.
Amanah meanwhile is a splinter of PAS, made up of leaders who lost their positions at the party elections in June this year.
Dzulkefly, the former Kuala Selangor MP, said previously PAS had wanted to replace the Barisan Nasional ‘dynasty’ but now had changed its stance, becoming cosy with Umno, the backbone of the ruling government.
“Selangor PAS wants to send a message to the PAS leadership which is, if you go this way, we will suffer and we will all be down,” he added.
Despite the Islamic party having its own non-Malays support in the form of PAS Supporters Congress (Dewan Himpunan Penyokong PAS), Dzulkefly said PAS would lose the Chinese and Indian support which had backed Pakatan Rakyat, the former opposition coalition.
“There are no two ways about it. Unity among opposition political parties is key to toppling the BN,” he said, adding that PAS shouldn’t reject a pact (or an electoral understanding) with Pakatan Harapan due to it sentiments towards DAP.
He however declined to speak his mind on the Permatang Pauh PAS division’s move to sever all ties with Permatang Pasir PAS assemblyman Salleh Man. The division has also asked Salor state assemblyman Husam Musa to quit the Islamic party and join Amanah.
“It’s not my business to tell them what to do and what not to do because they must think hard since whatever they say will create a perception,” he said.
The Permatang Pauh PAS division severed ties with Salleh for his open support towards the Pakatan Harapan DAP led government in Penang while Husam was told to quit PAS after his stinging attack on PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang.
Amanah man says PAS insists on being a part of Pakatan Rakyat as they know that many seats were won previously with the coalition’s support.
PETALING JAYA: Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad of Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) has claimed that PAS Selangor is adamant on being a partner in Pakatan Rakyat as they are aware that many of their Parliament and state seats could not have been won in the last general elections had it not been for the coalition’s support.
Speaking to FMT, Dzulkefly, who is strategic director of Amanah, said PAS Selangor was concerned they would lose seats if their central leaders insisted on backtracking and “flip-flopping” on their commitment to uphold a coalition platform for the Opposition.
“Because of PAS’s antics in wanting to be an adviser to BN (Barisan Nasional) and embracing Perkasa – I think these Selangor leaders feel that by the 14th GE (general elections), they will be ‘dead meat’ meaning that PAS will be back to its 12th GE baseline results of ‘zero seats’ in Selangor in both the state and federal levels,” he said.
“Maybe not zero but close to it in the 14th GE if this situation persists so they are understandably very wary.”
He added that there was growing resentment amongst PAS state leaders like Husam Musa in Kelantan and Salleh Man in Penang because they too were wary of the latest developments in PAS and the changing attitudes and trends of the top leadership.
“Their resentment and dissenting voices are a reflection of the feelings of the grassroots of PAS as well, particularly in Kelantan and Penang,” he said.
“In Kelantan, a survey by Ilham Centre last week revealed that more than 50 per cent of PAS grassroots are not with the central leadership,” he said, attributing this specifically to the PAS government’s failure to deliver on promises made.
He cited allegations of mismanagement of logging tender procedures and cronyism with some leaders already having been investigated and apprehended by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
When asked why he felt PAS Selangor – although being at odds with their central leadership – refused to join Pakatan Harapan, Dzulkefly said, “That’s the RM2.6 billion question.
“We welcomed them into Amanah but that’s a judgement call, after all they are our old friends and some are still good friends and most of them are also professionals,” he said.
“They have to liberate themselves and find true honour and dignity.”