High time for PAS to get rid of bad apples

 |Mar 3, 2017

Since its divorce from Pakatan Rakyat in 2015, PAS has outlaid a bolder approach to face the upcoming 14th General Election (GE14).

Coming out from the shadows of DAP, the Islamist party has thrown more magnanimous efforts to its principle and ideology.

The latest Act 355 gathering in Kuala Lumpur last month, proved that they can assemble a bigger crowd single-handedly without anyone’s assistance to drive their agenda.

Even previously PAS had played a pivotal role with Umno in helping the Rohingya mission, which also strengthens the ‘ummah’ unity among the Muslims.

During Act 355 gathering in Padang Merbok last month. Pix credit Utusan.

But before it can move forward stronger, PAS has another strategy in hand to get rid of bad apples within the party.

The latest was demanding Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar to leave the party in a gracious manner.

Media reports said Pokok Sena PAS division had called on Mahfuz to leave the Islamist party if he found that his political stance was not in the same wavelength with the party’s mission and vision.

The division acting chief Romani Wan Salin and several other division committee members wanted Mahfuz to quit the party, citing the parliamentarian’s relentless attacks on his party leadership as the main reason.

The dissidents claimed Mahfuz had contravened the party’s constitution by badmouthing the PAS and sharing the same political platform with political nemesis Amanah, Pribumi, DAP and PKR.

In January, the division committee came to a decision to stop Mahfuz from carrying out his duties as the division chief, following his actions.

In addition, PAS vice-president Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah has also reminded Mahfuz to stop badmouthing his own party, or else leave PAS to continue his political career elsewhere.

Early February, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang even told Mahfuz to leave the party if he was unhappy with its direction.

Hadi also told Mahfuz to relinquish his MP post if he still had ‘dignity’ in reference to the latter’s victory in the last general election using the Islamist party ticket.

However, the adamant Mahfuz never move an inch.

Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar (left) and PAS president Hadi Awang.

He still believes and tries his magic to patch up things for PAS to mend the sour relationship with the opposition bloc – Pakatan Harapan.

The newly formed Pakatan Harapan comprised of PKR, DAP, Pribumi and Amanah.

On June 16, 2015, DAP has unilaterally declared Pakatan Rakyat as ‘dead’, citing the inability of the rest of parties in the alliance to work with PAS.

Then PAS congress passed the motion to sever ties with DAP without debate.

By not using any rigorous force, PAS has been very subtle to advise its leaders to leave the party if they were not on the same wavelength.

It’s a common political maturity, if one is not happy with a party ideology or disagrees with the leadership, it’s better to leave the party with dignity rather than be sacked with humiliation.

To add PAS direction bolder, Selangor state commissioner Iskandar Abdul Samad has rubbished an analysis which claimed that the Islamist party was bound to lose 10 state constituency seats due to the possibility of lower votes from the Chinese community in GE 14.

In response to the claim, Iskandar said PAS was confident of retaining a huge portion of the votes from the Chinese community, which it garnered due to the good track records of their representatives.

He also proudly trumpeted that engagements directly with the people on the ground have proved that PAS was equally capable of serving the Malays and non-Malays.

Perhaps, PAS in the upcoming election could be a mover and shaker in the country’s political landscape.

And with all the cards arrayed in a strategic position, PAS could be a stunner for many people in the coming election.

But before it do that, it’s better to clear the mess first within the inner circle of the party and get ready for the GE 14 battle.


Ramani has been a writer and analyst for the past 10 years believes in fair news reporting.