Mat Sabu says the party has yet to discuss on Abdul Rahman's candidacy for the general election (Photo by Hussein Shaharuddin/ The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: Pas deputy president Mohamad Sabu says the party has yet to discuss whether its new member Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Maidin will be fielded as a candidate in the next general election or not.
Mohamad Sabu or better known as Mat Sabu told The Mole the party has yet to discuss on the matter, saying Abdul Rahman’s entry and the party line-up for the 13th general election are two separate matters.
“We are not sure about having him as a candidate yet. That shall be discussed by leadership,” Mat Sabu said.
“What I can say is, with him (Abdul Rahman) joining the party, we can further strengthen our party and it is a sign that corporate leaders are not shying away from Pas anymore,” he added.
Abdul Rahman, a former President of Penang Malay Chambers of Commerce announced his decision to join Pas during an opposition-led gathering in Johor on Sunday.
A blog post at Gelagat Anwar has stated that Pas should be wary of Abdul Rahman’s decision, saying that he is known to be a "serf" to opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The post alleged that Anwar has his own strategy to "send" Abdul Rahman to Pas, saying that Anwar will still have his own man as a deputy chief minister in Penang if Pas manages to win more seats than PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) in the state.
Another blog post at Penyokong Pas said Abdul Rahman will not be a "yes man" to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng if compared to Pas’ sole state representative Salleh Man.
The blogger said, while Abdul Rahman is known to be an Anwar’s loyalist, he expressed hope that Abdul Rahman would remain objective in his support for Pas.
When asked about claims that Abdul Rahman is Anwar’s agent in Pas to control the party, Mat Sabu said: “For Pas, the door is open for anyone to join us, regardless of their backgrounds or affiliations.”
“We should not see one’s past to determine their willingness to be with us. It does not matter if the person is an Anwar's man or not. What matters is that those who decide to be with us will support our struggles,” he added.