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Monday, September 29, 2014

LATEST TANTRUM: Pas now threatens to quit PR if not given 'right' portfolios in Selangor exco

LATEST TANTRUM: Pas now threatens to quit PR if not given 'right' portfolios in S'gor exco
The three PAS state executive council (exco) members in Selangor are expected to be assigned their portfolios today, in what will likely decide the Islamist party's future in the state government amid speculation that its excos would be given less important roles.
A senior PAS leader said the party's future in Pakatan Rakyat now hinges on the allocation of exco portfolios to its three exco members in the state administration led by Menteri Besar Mohamaed Azmin Ali.
"It now depends on Selangor. If Azmin also acts in the same way, to sideline the PAS exco, I am confident that Pakatan will break up and that is when PAS members will agree with its leaders," the senior PAS leader told The Malaysian Insider recently.
Azmin is said to be having talks with his exco members to determine their respective portfolios today.
PAS exco member Zaidy Abdul Talib, when contacted by The Malaysian Insider, confirmed that the MB will be having the discussions today.
"Yes that is true, but I don't know anything else about it," he said.
The decision today comes as PAS's relationship with its Pakatan allies is at a critical stage, with PKR and DAP joining forces to sideline the Islamist party.
In Penang, Iszuree Ibrahim, the state PAS whip in the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP), was removed after he criticised the DAP-led state government at the PAS muktamar recently.
In Sarawak, DAP Youth said it was scaling down work activities with Sarawak PAS over the hudud issue.

PAS central committee member Nik Mohd Abduh Nik Aziz, meanwhile, has claimed that PKR and DAP were trying to sideline and "bully" it.
Earlier, PasMa, the pro-Pakatan Rakyat faction in PAS, observed that if the PAS excos were sidelined in Azmin's administration, it might be no longer tenable for PAS to remain in Pakatan.
PasMa is hoping that the new Selangor MB would make decisions to help mend rifts between PAS and Pakatan, instead of alienating the party further.
When PAS was only given three exco seats in the new administration instead of the four it was allocated previously, there were senior leaders in PAS who urged members not to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
However, since it involved the Sultan, the excos who were appointed showed up at the palace.
Meanwhile, a pro-Umno social media user today uploaded a report claiming that the three PAS excos are to receive unimportant portfolios which are under the powers of the federal government, and not the state.
The report claimed that Iskandar Samad will receive the infrastructure portfolio, Dr Ahmad Yunus environment and Zaidy's would be tourism and religion.
Much of their roles comes under the powers of the federal government, where the state would only have a minimum role to play. –TMI

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