Ulama get rare rebuke from Selangor Pas
Selangor Pas today lashed out at a Pas ulama leader for claiming that the party’s excos in the state were worried about losing their posts in supporting a call for a ceasefire among opposition parties.
Selangor Pas commissioner Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad, who is also part of the state exco comprising PKR and DAP, said those who made such an accusation were “living in a dark well”.
“Those making such an assumption have been living in a dark well since 2008,” Iskandar wrote on his Facebook, refering to the political tsunami of 2008 which brought down the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration in Selangor.
“(They) do not at all see the benefits to Islam and to the people since 2008,” he added.
Iskandar’s statement is believed to be in response to a member of the Ulama wing, who was unhappy over 13 Pas state assemblymen’s support to the call by party deputy president, Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, for a “ceasefire” between opposition parties.
Tuan Ibrahim in making the call urged opposition parties to stop attacking each other, and instead train their guns on BN.
He said the continued disunity in the opposition camp would give an easy victory to BN at the coming general election.
Tuan Ibrahim’s message got support from 13 Pas state assemblymen in Selangor including Iskandar, who handed over a memorandum to PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, urging the party to support the call.
But Najhan Abdul Halim, director of the Ulama wing’s information bureau, suggested that the assemblymen were afraid of losing their posts, and did not prioritise party unity.
Earlier, Hadi brushed off the call by Tuan Ibrahim, saying the call was made to stop Pakatan Harapan’s attacks on Pas.
Pas left the Pakatan Rakyat coalition after falling out with DAP. The party’s ulama leadership has in recent months drawn closer to Umno and NGOs alligned to it.