Friday, June 19, 2009

Crisis-hit PAS asks members to stay calm

KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 — An open split among its leadership has forced PAS to appeal to its members to stay calm and only get news from the party media outlets as top officials work out the discord caused by possible unity government talks with Umno

Newly-appointed party information chief Idris Ahmad noted the issue will test the leadership's maturity to manage the crisis caused by spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat's outburst that deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa should quit if he persisted in holding further talks with their political rivals.

"We remain committed to Pakatan Rakyat and to face Umno-BN in any situation whatsoever," Idris said in a statement carried by party website Harakahdaily.net.
He also remained confident that PAS members who will remain calm as the party remained strong and is not monopolised by any quarters, pointing out it had rules and constitution to resolve issues.

Idris blamed the media for playing the issue that PAS wanted to have Malay unity and indirectly saying that the Islamist party wanted to leave Pakatan, saying party secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali had clarified the matter last Wednesday.

"The unity government is only an idea from the PAS president. Any decision and party policy must be made and discussed within the party first.

"Insya-Allah, all decisions that will be made will be delivered to all quarters until the grassroots through a special briefing session," Idris said, adding members can get the correct information through party mechanisms.

He also noted that PAS allied itself with non-Muslim parties or differing ideologies by referring to Islamic rules. "It was not easy to convince members that we are allowed to vote non-Muslim candidates who represented parties that are allied to us," he said.

He reminded PAS members to be careful in facing the issue as its enemies were "always setting traps to succeed in their mission to divide members and the leadership".

Idris also told the members to only get information from party newspaper Harakah, the Harakadaily website and Siasah newspaper to avoid confusion and to be patient in getting official explanations from the leadership over the issue.
"Close ranks so that the devil does not enter into our party," he said.

Source : The Malaysian Insider

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