Mohd Yusni: Pas has compromised too much on the MAIPP appointment
KUALA LUMPUR: A Pas youth leader in Penang said the party has compromised too much with its Pakatan Rakyat partners in Penang, leading the party not getting the promised top post in the State Religious Council (MAIPP).
Penang Pas youth chief Mohd Yusni Mat Piah told The Mole now that the party has lost the MAIPP post to PKR, as a trade off, Pas youth wants more seats in Penang for the party to contest in the next general elections.
The MAIPP top post that was given to Abdul Malik Kassim, PKR assemblyman for Batu Maung, is said to have been promised to Penang Pas commissioner Salleh Man.
Mohd Yusni said: “Pas has compromised too much in this appointment issue when the post was promised to Pas by PKR leader (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim).”
“This is an issue about unfulfilled promise.”
Mohd Yusni further added: “The Youth Wing will demand for more seats to be given to Pas. We have lost the post in MAIPP, I think it is only fair for us to do so (demanding for more seats).”
Although he had yet to discuss with his colleagues in the Youth wing on how many more parliamentary and state seats in Penang they are going to demand from Pakatan Rakyat, Mohd Yusni said they are eyeing on seats where Pas have substantial support such as Nibong Tebal and Batu Kawan.
“In the last general election, we only contested in two parliamentary seats and five state seats. The rest were taken up by DAP and PKR,” Mohd Yusni added.
Except for the Permatang Pasir state seat, Pas lost in all the other seats it contested.
However, a by-election had to be called for the Permatang Pasir seat when Pas assemblyman Datuk Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman died.
During the Permatang Pasir by-election campaign in August 2009, Anwar reportedly said: “We will ask for Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to consider appointing Salleh as the head of MAIPP if he wins the seat.”
Salleh confirmed yesterday that Pas was promised to have the YDP (Yang Dipertua - head) of the MAIPP if Pas won in Permatang Pasir by election.
Salleh also admitted there was a kemelut (discontent) regarding the position but refused to elaborate.
He was commenting on the appointment of Abdul Malik as the head of the religious council last month.
The Mole had also posted a report giving some insights on the state of affairs among the Pakatan partners in Penang and how Pas and PKR assemblymen have not been treated accordingly by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
The report, among others stated: "There was widespread talk that Salleh felt pressured as Lim had marginalised Pas in making decisions related to Muslim affairs and he was being questioned by members who wished to see the party play a bigger role in the state government."