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PAS vice-president Husam Musa has given his
clearest signal yet regarding his intention to
challenge incumbent Nasharuddin Mat Isa for
the party’s No 2 post.
“If PAS’ direction is clear and there are no doubts
about Umno’s relationship with PAS, (then there will be)
no reason for me to contest,” Husam told reporters
after visiting the Pengkalan Chepa Industrial Area (II)
“But today, I feel that this direction
is not clear and there are still doubts about the
relationship (between PAS and Umno).”
Husam said he wants to determine why the grassroots
have nominated him for the post and will be contacting
heads of the divisions that gave him the nominations.
He has already received the minimum of two nominations
required to run for the post and is expected to pick up
the bulk of the nominations from the 14 PAS divisions
in Kelantan, where he is based.
Thus far, vice-president Mohamad Sabu had been the
only one to have confirmed
his intention to contest for the deputy president’s post,
which Nasharuddin has held for two consecutive terms.
No self absorption
Husam’s candidacy has generated much interest
due to the so-called fight between the
‘pro-Pakatan Rakyat’ faction which Husam is aligned to,
versus the ‘pro-muzakarah’ faction, linked to Nasharuddin (right), which wants closer ties with Umno.
Party leaders however have rubbished the existence
of such factions and claimed that the labels were
concocted by their political rivals to split the party.
Talks about factionalism gripping PAS began
when delegates engaged
in heated debates during the party general assembly
last year, over clandestine talks between certain
portions of the party leadership with Umno counterparts.
According to Bernama, Husam also said
that he would consider several factors before deciding
on contesting, namely: the wishes of party members,
reasons for him to contest and the approach PAS would
take in the 13th general election.
“As a rule, I don’t like to promote myself
(in order to be elected)
for any posts, except when the party needs me to do so,”
He stressed that any decisions he would make
would be in the best interest of the party which
was more important than personal interest.
The PAS annual meeting – and party elections –
is scheduled to be held from June 3 to 7
in Shah Alam, Selangor.