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PAS maintains tradition of ulama leadership

SHAH ALAM, 6 June 2009: Nasharudin Mat Isa retained the post of PAS deputy president and Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man won one of the three posts of vice-president as the party maintained its tradition of electing “ulama” (Islamic scholars) to its top posts.

Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, also an ulama, had been returned unopposed as the party president earlier.

In the election results announced today, Nasharudin had polled 480 votes to beat former vice-presidents Datuk Husam Musa (281 votes) and Mohamad Sabu (261 votes).

Tuan Ibrahim polled 871 votes for the post of vice-president. The two other posts of vice-president were won by former PAS Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub (824 votes) and PAS Information Chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar (636 votes). Salahuddin is from the among the professionals while Mahfuz is an activist.

The elections were held yesterday at the ongoing 55th PAS general assembly here.

Datuk Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin, who was menteri besar under the former PAS-DAP-PKR government in Perak, polled the highest number of 854 votes in the election for the 18 posts in the central working committee (CWC).

The others elected to the CWC are Idris Ahmad (799 votes), Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar (769), Datuk Seri Azizan Abd Razak (653), Datuk Dr Hasan Mohd Ali (642), Dr Mohd Hatta Md Ramli (638), Abdul Ghani Samsudin (637), Datuk Abu Bakar Chik (622), Mohamed Hanipa Maidin (619), Datuk Ir Amiruddin Hamzah (606), Dr Lo’ Lo’ Mohamad Ghazali (589), Abd Ghani Abdul Rahman (584), Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (576), Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi (530), Hashim Jasin (522), Mazlan Aliman (513), Taib Azamudden Md Taib (508) and Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (448).

The post of permanent chairperson was retained unopposed by Abu Kasim Abdullah while the post of deputy permanent chairperson was retained by Hussin Ismail who polled 609 votes.

PAS election committee chairperson Datuk Mustafa Ali declined comment when asked that it looked like the elections were dominated by ulama.

“I cannot give any comment. You have to do your own analysis. I do not see any demarcation line between the ulama and the professionals,” he told a news conference after announcing the election results.

He said there was no necessity for a recount of the ballots as the difference in the number of votes garnered by the candidates was wide.

He also said that the media, in general, had provided fair coverage of the general assembly. — Bernama

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