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Nik Aziz: PAS has to hold special assembly

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 Oct 2009: PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat has suggested that the party hold a special assembly to resolve problems, including on leadership issues, and to revive the party.

“For the sake of tajdid (revival), we have to hold an extraordinary general assembly,” he said in an article entitled PAS: Keperluan muktamar khas luarbiasa? in his blog.

Besides deciding on the “problematic leaders” in the party, he said the assembly could also discuss matters such as fence-sitters who could swing votes and influence election results.

“Let’s get a fresh mandate once again. Although the meeting is going to take a whole day or two days, the process has to be brief and decision made must be fair, transparent, accurate, direct and clear,” he added.

Nik Aziz, who is Kelantan Menteri Besar, said changes were needed in the PAS leadership at the central level.

“If this is said to be a preparation for the 13th general election, let it be and indeed it is,” he added.

Nik Abdul Aziz also said he agreed with an article written by Dr Aziz Bari which was published in a local newspaper recently on some party leaders who were problematic.

In the article, Aziz wrote on the need for PAS to take drastic measures against Selangor state executive councillor Datuk Dr Hasan Ali, who is also Selangor PAS commissioner. Hasan had recommended that liquor be banned in the state and had criticised Selangor’s special select committee for competency, accountability and transparency (Selcat).

Aziz also mentioned about PAS supporters who were pro-Umno, and named PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and his deputy, Nasharuddin Mat Isa, as examples.

On this matter, Nik Abdul Aziz referred to the issue of PAS and Umno cooperating to set up a unity government as proposed by Hasan and party secretary-general, Mustafa Ali.

“This matter should be brought up at the extraordinary general assembly to discuss. By holding the special assembly, there are many things which we can clarify and decide [on],” Nik Abdul Aziz added. — Bernama

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