KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 ― PAS's progressive faction will likely be wiped out in the party's
The former PAS vice-president, who said his observation was based on
the nominations received from PAS divisions nationwide, warned that the
Islamist party would lose 40 years of progress if the ulama wing were to
regain total dominance.
“Based on the current nominations from president to deputy, to
vice-presidents and central committee members, 90 per cent are those
from the ulama faction.
“If this is the reality, then PAS will regress, the party will set itself back to where it was 40 years ago,” Ahmad told Malay Mail Online during a phone interview on Monday.
Ahmad, an ulama himself and a one-time Perak PAS commissioner, said
that the party needed to have a healthy mix of leaders from different
backgrounds and should not be led entirely by those with religious
The 79-year old stressed that PAS risked undoing the progress it had
made with the non-Muslims prior to the last general election,
specifically with the formation of the Islamist party's non-Muslim wing
― PAS Supporters' Congress (DHPP).
“Before this, PAS only had imams and ustads. Ten, fifteen years ago
professionals joined PAS on the principle of upholding justice.
“But after this progress, and judging by the trend of what will happen
in the election, these professionals will be taken out. And PAS will be
like what it was 40 years ago,” Ahmad added.
But the PAS veteran was doubtful that the party's splinter group
Persatuan Ummah Sejahtera Malaysia (PasMa) would have any success as a
separate political party and that any attempts to do so would only be
“For 65 years PAS has fought for Islam. Yes our internal leadership
needs fixing but movements (like PasMa) will not benefit the party.
“PasMa will be a splinter group which will attract voices of discontent but it will not go far,” Ahmad said.
Ahmad has received three nominations, qualifying him to contest the PAS
presidency against Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in the June party polls.
An individual needs a minimum of two nominations before he or she is eligible to contest for any position in PAS.
As at Monday, Abdul Hadi was leading the presidential race with 80
nominations, followed by Datuk Husam Musa with seven and Ahmad with
three nominations. PAS has a total of 191 divisions nationwide.
Nominations reportedly closed on Tuesday.
The party will hold its internal polls during its 61st muktamar to be held in Kuala Selangor from June 3 to 6.
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