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PAS-DAP ties no more, Syura Council confirms in final decision

KUALA LUMPUR — The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party’s (PAS) powerful Syura Council has formally endorsed the party’s muktamar decision to cut ties with the Democratic Action Party (DAP), signalling the official end to the two former allies’ cooperation in the now-defunct Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pact.

PAS-DAP ties no more, Syura Council confirms in final decision

Mr Anwar Ibrahim (centre), Mr Abdul Hadi Awang (right) and Mr Lim Kit Siang having a meeting before the 'Faham GST, Tolak GST' rally at Sultan Sulaiman Club, Kg Baru. Photo: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR — The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party’s (PAS) powerful Syura Council has formally endorsed the party’s muktamar decision to cut ties with the Democratic Action Party (DAP), signalling the official end to the two former allies’ cooperation in the now-defunct Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pact.

In a brief statement on Harakah today (July 11), council secretary Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh said the body was disappointed with the DAP’s continued provocation of the Islamist party and decisions made that it said violated the spirit of cooperation in PR.

“Therefore, the Syura Council has decided to end its relationship with the DAP. At the same time, PAS will continue to work with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

“This decision has been conveyed to the PAS central leadership to be implemented where appropriate and in accordance with current political needs,” he said in the statement.

On June 6, PAS confirmed that it will sever ties with DAP while still remaining in PR with PKR, following the parties’ fallout over key ideological issues like hudud.

PAS secretary-general Mustafa Ali later said that the motion was not final as it still needs the advisory Syura Council’s endorsement, even though the muktamar has the authority to decide on party matters.

The decision, however, immediately led to the DAP declaring the death of PR.

With PR no longer a pact, its administration in Selangor has been thrown into uncertainty.

PR as a united coalition currently holds the majority in Selangor with 43 state seats namely with DAP and PAS’ 15 seats each, and PKR’s 13 seats.

Barisan Nasional (BN), on the other hand, has 12 seats in Selangor while former chief minister Khalid Ibrahim who was sacked from PKR last year is the state’s sole independent assemblyman.

Without PAS’s numbers, DAP and PKR collectively command 28 seats, a clean half of the state assembly’s 56 seats. THE MALAY MAIL ONLINE

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