Nasharuddin surprised by ‘trouble maker’ tag

Written by Sharon Tan, The Edge

PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa has expressed surprise that he has been named a “trouble maker” as he regards the blog posting of mursyidul am (spiritual leader) Datuk Seri Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat as merely a piece of advice.

“The way we work in PAS, especially the top leaders and he [Nik Aziz] as the spiritual leader will give us advice. And he always warns us on some issues and so on. It so happened that on this particular issue, the advice from him came from a blog,” said Nasharuddin, when met at parliament lobby today.

He was referring to the web posting by Nik Aziz who called for an extraordinary general meeting to oust “problematic” leaders.

Nasharuddin, who is the PAS MP for Bachok, said Nik Aziz explained what he meant in his blog and the matter was discussed in the special central working committee (CWC) meeting on Wednesday night.

He also reiterated party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s stand that PAS would continue with its partnership in Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

“We are going to strengthen that. This was proved by many events or programmes organised together and also the continuous meetings we have with the top leadership and also leadership at different levels.

“Of course, there are hiccups, but that can be avoided,” said Nasharuddin, adding that PAS would abide by the resolutions passed at its two previous muktamar [AGM] that the party would stay on with PR.

Meanwhile, Khalid Samad, the PAS member of parliament for Shah Alam, welcomes the decision by the party’s central working committee directing the disciplinary committee to investigate allegations made against Selangor PAS.

“It is good because whatever issues raised yesterday, demanding any form of disciplinary action, if any, is being handled.

“It is not being swept under the carpet as what is normally done in the past. This time around, it is being listened to and being considered more seriously and this is being done by referring the issue to the disciplinary committee,” said Khalid when met at the parliament lobby today.

Asked if Selangor PAS commissioner Datuk Dr Hasan Ali should be investigated, Khalid said: “When they said that the disciplinary committee will look into Selangor that is basically what it means, isn’t it? Unless of course, they are referring to me, I don’t know.”

“I think it was a very logical decision because the issues discussed were presented for the first time, and I think it was very good that they had the meeting because all the facts were put on the table and people who were not in the know are now in the know, and they can give them time to digest the facts and come up with a more well-informed decision,” he said.

Khalid also said the issue of whether PAS was keeping its political struggle on the basis of Islam or Malay-Islam would also be addressed.

“That is an issue which I think the seminar will address and I will do my level best to make sure that a resolution clearly emphasisng that PAS is an Islamic, non-racial party will be one of the end results,” he said.