Selangor PAS said it was “wajib (a responsibility)” to field candidates in Gombak, a parliamentary seat presently held by Selangor Menteri Besar and PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali.
“Taking back the Gombak parliamentary seat is ‘wajib’ for us,” said Selangor PAS chief Sallehen Mukhyi today.
Sallehen said this when responding to a question following his announcement that Selangor PAS was ready to contest 42 out of 56 state seats in Selangor.
There are three state seats within the boundaries of the Gombak parliamentary constituency – Gombak Setia, Ulu Kelang and Batu Caves.
Of the three, PAS candidates won the election in Gombak Setia and Ulu Kelang, while Batu Caves went to a PKR candidate.
This indicates that Gombak has a sizeable PAS following.
Sallehen’s announcement comes in the wake of efforts by several top PKR leaders, including Azmin, to forge an electoral pact with PAS ahead of the next general election.
The situation in Selangor is unique because although PAS has officially broken off ties with PKR, the Islamic party is still a part of the PKR-led Selangor government.
Earlier today, Sallehen announced that Selangor PAS was ready to contest in 42 of the 56 state legislative assembly election and was ready to clash with BN and former allies.
However, the actual number of candidates to be fielded would be determined by the PAS central committee.