Terengganu Pas said it would contest in all 32 state and eight parliamentary seats in the state at the next general election, saying the party’s machinery had also been prepared to face any by-election.
State commissioner Satiful Bahri Mamat also expressed confidence that the party would be able to increase its support if a by-election were held.
“There is a a possibility (of a by-election), so as the state PAS liason committee, we are prepared for any eventualities, whether by-elections or state elections or the general election,” he told Buletin Online, a news website run by Terengganu Pas.
Satiful was speaking at a dinner event in Shah Alam recently, attended by among others Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and state Pas leaders.
After the fall-out with DAP and the emergence of Amanah, Pas has said it would maintain its cooperation with PKR.
But Satiful’s announcement is likely to ruffle feathers in PKR, whose three allocated state seats were contested by Pas in the 2013 general election.
Out of the 32 state seats, Pas currently holds 14 seats, while PKR state chief Azan Ismail is the party’s sole representative in the state assembly. Barisan Nasional (BN), meanwhile, won 17 seats in the last elections.
The Terengganu Pas statement comes on the heels of the party’s insistence to contest two upcoming by-elections – in Sungai Besar, Selangor and Kuala Kangsar, Perak – despite saying it could clash with other opposition parties, namely PKR.
Last week, admitting a multi-cornered fight would only work in favour of BN, PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man insisted the party would contest both by-elections, saying both consituencies “belonged to Pas”.
“Both are traditional PAS constituencies and as such, we are adamant to continue this tradition by fielding candidates in both seats,” said Tuan Ibrahim.
Hadi threw his weight behind the move, saying while it was the right of other parties to contest in Sungai Besar, Pas would field its own candidate.
He told Bernama today that the party’s top decision-making body, the Shura Council, had already approved the candidate, and that Pas had nothing to lose.
The Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections will be held on June 18, following the deaths of MPs Datuk Noriah Kasnon and Datuk Wan Muhammad Khairil Anuar Wan Ahmad in a helicopter crash in Sarawak early this month.
In the 2013 elections, Noriah defeated Pas’s Mohamed Salleh Husin by a 399-vote majority, far less than the 5,000-vote majority she gained in 2008.