PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s views on the party’s relationship with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) are above all others, said PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad.
Idris said this when asked on contradictory statements by party leaders on whether PAS will work with Bersatu in the coming general election.
“(Hadi’s) view is the one we have to take because that is the view of the highest leader, later the president will explain to us (the lower ranks),” he said.
“The president must have his stand because he is the party president. If not, what is the use of being a president?
“(PAS deputy president) Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man’s statement was made before the president’s.
“So it’s the president’s view that we have to follow, because he (the president) carries weight,” said Idris at a press conference after officiating Titiwangsa PAS’ annual general meeting at Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) auditorium today.
“I refer to the president’s statement last night. He have to follow the president’s statement, there is no contradiction.
“In principle, what is issued by the president (has weight), there is no need to argue with it,” he said.
Tuan Ibrahim: Talks ongoing
On Thursday, Tuan Ibrahim told PAS organ Harakahdaily that discussions between PAS and Bersatu were still ongoing and the next meeting would be in April, ahead of PAS’ muktamar.
“Any decision on whether to join Pakatan Harapan or (form a) political understanding will be decided at that meeting,” he said.
He said the technical committee formed by the two parties had thus far discussed Bersatu’s stand on several issues.
“If they are (fielding candidates in) Kelantan, we will act. We won’t hesitate to break ties with them,” said Tuan Ibrahim.
Yesterday, Hadi warned that his party’s relationship with Bersatu would end if it joined Pakatan Harapan.
Hadi has been signalling that PAS would not work with any party that has ties with its former Pakatan Rakyat partner DAP and splinter party Amanah respectively, now the Islamist party’s prime enemies.
However Selangor PAS chief Iskandar Samad indicated PAS would continue to stay in the PKR-led Selangor government, which also comprises DAP leaders including speaker Hannah Yeoh and senior exco Teng Chang Khim.
Iskandar was confident the party would not opt to cut ties with PKR despite the latter being in Pakatan Harapan, because “Selangor is very important for PAS”.