No joint PAS-Umno protest against Ronnie Liu

By Neville Spykerman, The Malaysian Insider

Selangor PAS Youth chief Hasbullah Ridzwan has denied speculation that the wing was planning to join its Umno counterparts in a protest rally tomorrow to call for Ronnie Liu to step down as a state executive councillor.

There were rumours yesterday that the joint protest was to be held tomorrow and that the parties involved were seeking a police permit.

This had caused some concern among Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders because of the consequences this would have had on the ties between the members of the alliance considering Umno's continued courtship of PAS.

Hasbullah told The Malaysian Insider last night that the issue arose after a reporter from the Umno-owned New Straits Times called him to ask if PAS Youth would participate in a rally being planned by the Barisan Nasional (BN) party.

The state PAS Youth chief said he told the reporter that he would wait for the outcome of the state executive council meeting and a signal from the party leadership.

He added that no official invite had been received from Umno, which is believed to have applied for a police permit to hold the rally.

At yesterday's state executive council meeting, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim issued a gag order on all members over the issue and dismissed the call to remove Liu.

Selangor PAS Youth election director Ahmad Sayuti Bashiron said the rumours were started by irresponsible parties.

“There is no truth to the claims.”

The Shah Alam PAS Youth chief added they had no intention of working with Umno.