By Ida Lim and Nomy Nozwir, The Malaysian Insider
Former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa said today he will continue the fight for Islam even if he holds no position in the party.
Reacting to yesterday’s news reports that the Islamist party had revoked his membership in the PAS syura council as part of its disciplinary proceedings, he said the struggle to uphold Islam must go on.
“Until the second this SMS is sent, I have yet to receive any letter about my removal from the position,” Nasharudin (picture) told The Malaysian Insider in a text message this afternoon.
“Whatever it is, the fight to uphold Islam must be continued, whether holding position or not.
“That position is an appointment by the party; if the party wishes to take it back, that is the party’s right. Just that for now I only know about the sacking through the media and not through the party’s official channels,” the Bachok MP said.
Yesterday, syura council secretary Datuk Nik Zawawi Nik Salleh said a letter confirming Nasharudin’s dismissal was sent out after a January 13 meeting chaired by PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.
He added that Nasharudin did not contact the council for further clarification.
Sinar Harian reported Nik Zawawi saying that Nasharudin was found to have broken several of the body’s regulations including non-attendance of council meetings.
Nasharudin had previously asked the party to review its co-operation with other Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties if coalition partner DAP continued to oppose the implementation of hudud laws, the Islamic penal code.
His actions have drawn the criticism of other PAS members.