PAS admits losing members


PAS today admitted that tens of thousands of its members had left the party, but said it was boosting efforts to bring back the membership to the one million mark.

PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the party now has 800,000 members, down from the 1.03 million announced by president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang a year earlier.

Takiyuddin told delegates at the PAS muktamar in Kota Bharu today that among those regarded to be no longer members were those who had passed on.

The party has seen an exodus following the rise of the conservative faction during party elections last year.

Months before divisive party polls, Hadi announced that the party had managed to attract 1.03 million members.

Following the clean sweep by conservative leaders and its subsequent decision to break ties with DAP, the Pakatan Rakyat coalition which brought together PAS, PKR and DAP collapsed.

This then led to senior and veteran leaders including parliamentarians forming Parti Amanah Negara.

Two months into its formation, Amanah announced that some 50,000 membership forms had been snapped up as of October 2015.