KUALA LUMPUR, 4 June 2009: The PAS Supporters Club or Kelab Penyokong PAS (KPP) for non-Muslims has been separated into Indian and Chinese clubs, but this has not received final approval from the party’s central working committee.
Outgoing PAS Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub said the separation was a trial to find the best mechanism for administering the club, which could be elevated into a wing in about a year’s time.
Salahuddin “The separation has not been formalised. It is still at an early stage … It will be looked into after this muktamar,” Salahuddin said on the sidelines of the PAS Youth muktamar in Taman Melewar, Gombak, today.
The supporters’ club has grown in numbers since its founding in 2004 to about 20,000 registered members nationwide, including in Sarawak.
It was founded as a mixed-race club but at the KPP national-level convention in Klang on 30 May 2009, PAS national unity bureau chief Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa announced that the club had been divided into Indian Malaysian and Chinese Malaysian sections.
The club comes under the national unity bureau’s jurisdiction.
However, the move to separate club members according to race has been criticised by some KPP members who feel that doing so would make PAS no different from Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN). Objections were apparently raised on the matter at the recent convention.
Salahuddin said that of KPP’s 20,000 members, the majority were Indian Malaysians but that support from Chinese Malaysians was gradually increasing, especially in Perak after the BN’s takeover of the state government.
PAS as a whole was receptive to the idea of admitting non-Muslim supporters into the party through a formalised wing, but Salahuddin said finer details had yet to be worked out.
These included voting rights and membership status, matters that would be studied by a technical committee that was formed in April.
PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has given his blessings to elevating the club to wing status.
Salahuddin, who is vying for a spot in the PAS vice-president’s race, also said he planned to introduce Key Performance Indicators for PAS Youth leaders in the future.
He said leaders should not be chosen based on how popular they were or their oratorical skills at ceramah, but whether they had ideas on the economy and other current issues.
At the Youth muktamar today, the 265 delegates voted to elect the wing’s 12 committee members. Voting began at 10.30am and closed at 12.30pm. The results will be announced later tonight.
Azman Shapawi There were no elections for the top posts, which were won uncontested. Nasrudin Hassan is the new Youth chief, Azman Shapawi Abd Rani is the deputy, and Ahmad Sabki Yusof is the vice-president.
This afternoon, the wing will debate Salahuddin’s speech as the outgoing PAS Youth chief, which he delivered at the muktamar’s opening last night. The Youth muktamar will end tonight, and the general assembly and elections for the PAS main body will begin tomorrow until Sunday.