PAS: We’re staying put in Selangor

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 – PAS today said it would remain as part of the Selangor administration, a week after the party formally cut ties with PKR, which together with DAP form the state government.

Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, who is PAS acting president in the absence of Abdul Hadi Awang, who is currently recuperating from a surgery, said the party’s executive councillors were appointed by the Sultan.

“Let the administration continue smoothly and we do not wish to interrupt it,” he said after a two-hour meeting by PAS leaders at its headquarters today.

PAS has three excos under the state cabinet led by Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali. They are Iskandar Samad, Ahmad Yunus Hairi, and Zaidy Abdul Talib. The state deputy speaker, Shafie Ngah, is also from PAS.

The party has been part of the Selangor administration since the 2008 general election, after it formed a coalition government with PKR and DAP.

Today’s decision comes despite calls for PAS excos to vacate their posts, as the party no longer has ties with both PKR and DAP.

At its recent muktamar, PAS accused PKR of violating the terms of their political cooperation by going against the party’s Islamic agenda and supporting Amanah candidates during the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections last year.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan invoked a provision in the state constitution which said excos would hold the post at the behest of the Sultan.

He said it was now up to Azmin as the MB to decide whether to raise the matter up with the Sultan of Selangor.

“PKR itself is awaiting for the MB’s decision. He has to get the Sultan’s consent. We will cross the bridge when we come to it.”

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