Muktamar Muslimat PAS & Muktamar PAS (updated)

Debate motion for ulama to head PAS rejected
Abdul Rahim Sabri, Jimadie Shah Othman & S Pathmawathy | Jun 5, 09 9:44am Malaysiakini.com
A motion to debate a resolution by the Ulama Council of PAS that all senior positions in the party – the president’s, the deputy president’s and one vice-president’s post – be reserved to the

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ulama (religous scholars) has been rejected.

pas muktamar 55 agm 050609 07PAS Muktamar Debate Resolutions Committee chairman Mahfuz Omar said today the motion from the Ulama Council was thrown out as it did not follow procedures.

Mahfuz, who is also PAS information chief, said the proposed motion also did not fulfill all the criteria that would allow it be debated at the on-going 55th PAS Muktamar in Gombak, Selangor.

He added the motion would have to be discussed at the PAS central committee level first as it involved amendments to the party’s constitution.

The motion to reserve senior posts in the party for the ulama was tabled by PAS Terengganu’s Ulama Council last night.

Advice to both ulama and professionals

Meanwhile, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang asserted at a press conference that the Islamic party’s ulama (religious scholars) and professional factions will continue to work together.

pas muktamar 55 agm 050609 01Commenting on the rejection of the motion to debate the Ulama Council’s resolution, Abdul Hadi said: “I’ve not gone through the motion completely yet…  but PAS will manage with the cooperation of both the ulama and the professional factions.

“We will be able to work together as long as the ulama do not become dictators and the professionals do not become too greedy,” stressed Hadi following his keynote address at PAS’ 55th Muktamar in Shah Alam.

Most importantly, no matter who is in charge of PAS, it must be understood that the religious scholars should not be sidelined in party, said its leader.

The secret meetings between PAS and Umno have driven a wedge between party members, forcing them to choose between the ulama faction, which is in favour of the unity talks, and the professional faction, which prefers closer ties with Pakatan.

Hadi: Pakatan members back unity talks

Hadi, who bagged the party’s presidency uncontested, took pains to explain his proposal for a unity government.

He said PAS will continue to encourage dialogues with all parties and added that while its Pakatan coalition partners – PKR and DAP – were not eager to jump straight away into such talks, they have however reacted positively to the idea.

pas muktamar 55 agm 050609 02“(It is) not just members of Pakatan who support us fully but also members of Umno, who want our cooperation to work together in solving the problems confronting the country,” he insisted.

Moreover, he also refuted questions that PAS’ engagement with Umno would raise problems within the opposition coalition.

“To engage in dialogues is part of the democratic process… the priority should be placed on what is good for the people and the country,” he said.

“But we don’t want to undertake this matter hurriedly. We need to study it in detail in our effort to promote unity between the political parties in this country,” said Abdul Hadi.

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DAP supremo refutes Hadi’s claims
Jun 5, 09 3:56pm Malaysiakini.com
DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang today disputed PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s comments that the Pakatan Rakyat partners had reacted positively to the formation of a unity government with Barisan Nasional.

“The question of unity talk to form a Pakatan Rakyat-Barisan Nasional government never arose or discussed at any Pakatan Rakyat leadership meeting,” said Lim in a statement today.

pas muktamar 55 agm 050609 05″Secondly, on the so-called unity talks to form Umno-PAS government, it is something I read in the media. The subject was never discussed or raised in any Pakatan leadership meeting,” he added.

He was commenting to Abdul Hadi who told reporters at a press conference at the PAS Muktamar that both PKR and DAP have reacted positively to his suggestion in forming a unity government.

Abdul Hadi also said that PAS will continue to encourage dialogues with all parties.

“(It is) not just members of Pakatan who support us fully but also members of Umno, who want our cooperation to work together in solving the problems confronting the country,” he insisted.

Unity talks a party election issue

Moreover, Abdul Hadi refuted questions that PAS’ engagement with Umno would raise problems within the opposition coalition.

“To engage in dialogues is part of the democratic process… the priority should be placed on what is good for the people and the country,” said the PAS president.

pas muktamar 55 agm assembly 050609 04″But we don’t want to undertake this matter hurriedly. We need to study it in detail in our effort to promote unity between the political parties in this country,” said Abdul Hadi.

Lim was also present at the muktamar opening ceremony this morning. However, he left before Hadi’s press conference.

He said that he did not know what Hadi had said at the press conference but was commenting on the matter in view of public interest in the matter.

Lim nevertheless made a general observation that political parties and political leaders must be prepared to talk to anyone on any issue concerning public interest.

The issue of unity talks between PAS and Umno has caused much concern among the Islamic party members, let alone the Pakatan partners.

The contest for the deputy president’s post today will be pitting challenger Husam Musa, who is a pro-Pakatan reformist, against incumbent Nasharuddin Mat Isa is labelled as an ulama in favour of talking to Umno.

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