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State your stand clearly, PAS leaders urged

The Star/ANN | Thursday, Jul 31, 2014

PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat.

PETALING JAYA - PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat has urged PAS leaders to come out of the denial syndrome mode and immediately make clear its stand on the party's collaboration in Pakatan Rakyat.

Although the party allowed for differing opinions within its ranks, he said the crisis over the post of the Selangor Mentri Besar had pushed the party to the brink.

"The reality is that PAS is facing a crisis," he said in a statement posted on his Facebook page yesterday.

Suhaizan said that it would be too late for the party to wait for Aug 10, the date fixed by the PAS central committee to discuss the crisis,

"I call upon the PAS central meeting to be held immediately as the rakyat is watching how PAS manages its internal problems," he said, adding that he had confidence that the party's leadership would be able to resolve the problems.

Suhaizan warned that failure to manage the crisis effectively would result in a recurrence of similar problems.

"The more unfortunate thing is that the confidence of the rakyat in PAS will be further eroded even before PAS and Pakatan are able to control Putrajaya," he said.

Suhaizan's comment came about following a widening rift in PAS sparked by the Selangor leadership crisis.

The party's leadership is to meet on Aug 10 to decide on whether to endorse PKR's Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the replacement for Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

However, the matter took a sharp turn following a leaked WhatsApp group chat on Monday in which Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki, who is PAS' research centre operations director, discussed the possibility of the party working together with Umno and retaining Khalid as Selangor Mentri Besar.

Selangor PAS is distancing itself from that leaked conversation among the party's central committee leaders which touched on a scenario should PAS quit Pakatan.

"There was no discussion on the matter whatsoever and Selangor PAS is committed and loyal to Pakatan.

"The views of Mohd Zuhdi have no effect on Selangor PAS and his opinion is purely personal," said state PAS secretary Mohd Khairuddin Othman in a statement yesterday.

Mohd Khairuddin assured its Pakatan partners that the party would remain in the coalition.

"We have no track record of our representatives crossing to Umno or Barisan Nasional whatsoever. And we will maintain it," he said.

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