PAS denies plan to leave Selangor Pakatan

(The Malaysian Insider) SHAH ALAM, Sept 25 — Selangor PAS leaders today collectively denied a statement issued by its state liaison committee secretary Mohd Khairuddin Othman which claimed the party was ready to abandon Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

The statement, which also indicated Selangor PAS was fully behind Datuk Hasan Ali and his criticisms against the select committee for competency, accountability and transparency (Selcat), received front-paged coverage in all mainstream newspapers today.

The state PAS commissioner has been causing a stir in PR by undermining the state government watch dog which is holding a public inquiry into the misuse of annual allocations by Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers ahead of the general election last year.

According to him, Selcat had bullied the district officers who had been grilled over how millions of ringgit in taxpayers’ money was allowed to be almost completely used up in just two months.

Scrambling to contain the fallout, PAS leaders told The Malaysian Insider that Khairuddin had made unauthorised statements which were not sanctioned by the party’s state liaison committee.

"He should not have made the statement because the issue was never discussed," said Meru assemblyman Dr Abdul Rani Othman.

"I have personally talked with other PAS lawmakers and leaders. No one had been called to attend any meeting nor were our opinions sought," he said, adding that the state liaison committee secretary was expressing his personal opinion and was not speaking on behalf of Selangor PAS.

Abdul Rani said he had spoken out against individuals making such sweeping statements in the press during a recent PR meeting and was appalled his advice had been ignored.

As for Selcat, he said the PR backbenchers fully supported the public inquiry.

"No one should try to be a hero for the Malays or a hero for the other races. In PR we have to work for all," he said, in a clear reference to Hasan, who is seen as trying to garner support from the Malay-dominated civil service by criticising Selcat.

Rani said a meeting between the Selangor mentri besar and all PR leaders should be called as soon as possible iron out the problems internally.

Even if there were problems with Selcat, the matter should have been settled behind closed doors instead of washing dirty linen in public, he said.

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad, who had called on Hasan to leave PR if he could not be a team player, described Khairuddin’s statement as “interesting”.

"It’s a very serious policy statement which contradicts the PAS muktamar, the highest decision-making body in the party which voted to work toward strengthening PR," said Khalid.

Other PAS lawmakers today also confirmed the party had no intention of leaving PR.

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