PAS will not support a woman MB as yet, says state rep


(TMI) – PAS will not support a woman as menteri besar just yet as its current consensus is just to allow them to contest general elections, said a Selangor exco member from PAS, pouring cold water over any attempt to put PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor menteri besar.

The Islamist party is part of Pakatan Rakyat (PR), which said it might decide as early as this month on Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s job as Selangor Menteri Besar.

Dr Wan Azizah is a contender for the post but an Umno lawyer has said women cannot take the job due to their menstruation affecting their presence in some religious ceremonies.

PAS’s executive councillor in charge of Youth, Sports, Infrastructure and Public Facilities, Dr Yunus Khairi, said using a woman’s menses was not an excuse to preclude her appointment to leadership roles in the state.

“At this point, PAS has not reached a stage where it wants a woman to lead the state. But as assembly representatives, we have a consensus to allow women to contest and represent the party,” he said after attending a Ramadan event with the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, in Sepang, Selangor last night.

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