Rough ride ahead for Selangor, says PAS rep


(The Malaysian Insider) – Another round of political turmoil is looming in the Pakatan Rakyat Selangor government, said suspended PAS leader Saari Sungib, claiming that the state’s PKR assemblymen are divided over whether to support DAP or the Islamist party following the motion by PAS’s Dewan Ulama to cut ties with its ally.

The Hulu Kelang assemblyman said the turmoil would be more challenging and complicated than last year’s Selangor menteri besar imbroglio, where 15 assemblymen from DAP, 13 assemblymen from PKR and two from PAS supported PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as candidate to replace then MB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

Saari said the 13 PKR assemblymen would be divided whether to be with DAP or PAS.

“There might be a potential crisis in Selangor. PKR Selangor is no more solid… the formation of last year might not remain the same.

“I hope I’m wrong, the development will unfold in two or three days,” he said in response to a question on whether the formation of last year, 15 (DAP), 13 (PKR) and two (PAS) would remain the same.

However, he did not elaborate on his claim that PKR Selangor would be divided.

Selangor DAP chief Tony Pua yesterday said Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali had to choose between the two parties he wanted to work with.

“PAS wants Azmin to choose which party he wants, DAP, too, shares the same view. So, we leave it to Azmin to decide.”

At the PAS muktamar last week where the conservative ulama faction swept almost all top party positions, ousting the progressive faction, the party leadership accepted the Dewan Ulama’s motion to sever ties with DAP without debate.

The decision has thrown the fate of the Pakatan Rakyat Selangor government into uncertainty.