PETALING JAYA: PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan has pulled out of the race for the vice-president post in the party’s upcoming polls.

In a statement  Sunday, the Kota Baru MP said he was also not contesting for a central committee post, and preferred to give way to other candidates who could take the party to greater heights.

He also thanked PAS members who had nominated him to contest for the posts.

“Seeing as I have full confidence in the central committee’s existing leadership and the harmonious set-up involving the president, deputy president and vice-presidents, I have made the decision to pull out of contesting the vice-president’s post,” he said.

 Takiyuddin added that he did not wish to “rock the boat” and preferred to take up appointed posts that would be decided by the president and new committee members.

PAS will be hosting its 63rd annual muktamar in Alor Setar, Kedah, at the end of the month, where party delegates will choose a new leadership for the 2018/2019 session.

Takiyuddin announced last week that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and his deputy Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man had retained their posts unchallenged.

Meanwhile, the three incumbent vice-presidents – Idris Ahmad, Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad, and Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah – have received enough nominations to defend their posts.

Despite Takiyuddin’s withdrawal, one of the trio could still lose their post to a challenge from party information chief and Temerloh MP Nasruddin Hassan Tantawi.

In addition, 40 nominees will fight for 18 positions in the party’s central committee.

The candidates have until April 17 to accept their nominations.