PETALING JAYA: In response to the PAS Dewan Ulama’s decision to sever ties with its political partner DAP, the DAP-led Penang state government says it will approve the resignations of PAS representatives from state agencies immediately.
It said it expected PAS representatives in the Penang government to send in their resignations following the Muktamar’s decision to accept a motion by the wing to cut ties with DAP but remain in Pakatan Rakyat without debate.
The motion, which was approved without debate, stated four resolutions, among others, to urge the party not to compromise its Islamic policies.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the expected resignations would not affect the stability, continuity and credibility of the state government.
“PAS representatives have no choice but to resign from the Penang state government and its agencies. Municipal councillors and Village Development & Security Committees (JKKKs) will also have to step down.
“I enjoy a friendly and good working relationship with many PAS representatives but I understand they would have to resign for ethical and moral reasons.
“It would be politically untenable for them to remain in the Penang state government led by me in my capacity as DAP secretary-general,” said Lim in a press statement on Saturday.
He added that both DAP and PKR would still enjoy a two-thirds majority in the state assembly if PAS quit.
Pakatan Rakyat has 30 out of 40 Penang state assembly seats and if Permatang Pasir assemblyman Mohd Salleh Man, the sole PAS member, quits, the pact will still have 29 seats.
The Dewan Ulama, had on Wednesday, unanimously approved the motion brought by newly-elected PAS central committee member Mokhtar Senik.
It was reported that the motion would only be discussed by the new committee line-up and brought to the Syura council for a decision.
On March 23, Lim reaffirmed DAP’s commitment to Pakatan Rakyat while maintaining its opposition to the implementation of PAS’ hudud.
The party also said it was unable to work with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, labelling him as “dishonest” and “dishonourable”. – The Star Online