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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

With 'friends' like PKR ... (2)

TMI - PAS should give up religious council’s top post, say Penang PKR wings

The Penang PKR Youth and Women wings have urged PAS to relinquish its presidency in the Penang Islamic Religious Council (MAIPP) now that PAS is no longer a member of the opposition pact that make up the state government.

The president of the council is PAS’s sole assemblyman in Penang, Datuk Mohd Salleh Man. He holds the Permatang Pasir state seat in the parliamentary constituency of Permatang Pauh.

In a joint press conference chaired by the state Youth and Women chiefs, Asrol Sani Abdul Razak and Nur Zarina Zakaria said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had declared that the new Pakatan Harapan coalition excluded PAS.

Zarina said logically, PAS should not hold on to the position when the Islamist party was no longer part of the coalition.

“We don’t think it is appropriate for PAS to keep the position any more, so we propose that the position be given to a PKR representative,” she said during the press conference at the Penang PKR headquarters in Seberang Jaya today. There had been rivalry between PAS and PKR for the presidency of MAIPP, even before Salleh was first appointed in 2012. [...[

Asrol said they had not approached Salleh to ask him to quit but they had written to Lim, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and the Penang Islamic affairs exco Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim on the matter.

Wakakaka. It's not Lim Guan Eng or DAP who is pushing this, but PKR.

In fact, on 18 June 2015 TMI reported:

The sole PAS assemblyman in Penang is still part of the state government, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, now that the state is under a coalition government led by DAP following the end of the opposition pact under Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

He said Permatang Pasir assemblyman Datuk Mohd Salleh Man was still part of the DAP and PKR Penang government even though PR ceased to exist.

"We had a meeting yesterday evening. This was the decision accepted unanimously by all 30 Pakatan Rakyat reps," he told reporters today.

Salleh is president of the Penang Islamic Council, a position appointed by the Agong, and chairman of Penang Zakat.

And PKR wants PAS to be part of Pakatan, especially in Selangor.

With friends like PKR, you sure don't need enemies. Wakakaka.

PKR: PAS bro, we still need you to be in Pakatan


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