KUALA SELANGOR — June 6, 2015: One would expect that tension would ease up on the final day of the 61st Pas Muktamar, but the drama was just as interestingly intense as the previous two days.
Fiery speeches were delivered by delegates as they expressed their dissatisfaction over Pas central leadership’s poor handling of several sensitive issues.
Heckling from the floors began when outgoing information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar, who is also the motion committee chairman announced that the motion to severe ties with DAP as proposed by the Dewan Ulama and Tumpat division has been regarded as a non-debatable motion.
The motion will later on be decided for approval by the Syura council and central working committee.
“However, Pas will continue to strengthen the Pakatan coalition and we would appreciate it if our allies to respect Pas’s decision,” said Mahfuz amidst shouts of disagreement from the floor.
A peeved delegate from Rembau, Faiz Fadzil stood up and said that such decision was unfair and had contradicted the party leaderships’ previous assurance that all important matters will be openly discussed in the assembly.
“You (Pas central leaderships) have told us that this is the platform for members to equally discuss important matters.
“Now you are telling us that the party’s political cooperation issues in Pakatan is too sensitive to be discussed, so where can we actually discuss it?” said a visibly emotional Faiz as he asked Mahfuz to clarify the meaning of the so-called ‘sensitive issue’ which was used as an excuse not to debate the matter.
To this, Mahfuz replied, in an equally stern tone, that it was regarded as a sensitive issue because the matter could affect the position of the party in DAP and PKR controlled states.
“Since the party is about to decided to cut ties with DAP, now Pas in (DAP-controlled) Penang will have to be prepared for the worst.
“My advice is, start running before you are chased out,” said Mahfuz.
Later, just before the closing of the debate on motions session, two delegates took to the microphone and demanded for the issue to be discussed.
They claimed that it was feared that severing of ties with DAP would have an adverse effect on particularly the Dewan Ulama as it would be blamed for the break-up of Pakatan
“I beg the top leadership that they do not make any blind decisions concerning the party’s future without any valid discussions with its members,” shouted the delegate from Marang.
The rowdy floor roared with disappointment when the chairman of the debate session refused to allow the appeal of the two delegates.
Pressure for Pas to sever ties with DAP became more intense after the Chinese dominated party continuously needled the Islamist party for its insistence in implementing the controversial hudud law in Kelantan.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has announced in April that the party had cut ties with Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang despite still cooperating with the party.
This prompted the ulama faction in Pas preferring to do the same to DAP.