- Pro-ulama group fails to make inroads
- Perhaps Pas could look to Umno for polls tips?
- PAS’s new old Putrajaya team
Posted: 23 Nov 2013 11:44 AM PST
The failure of the pro-ulama group in PAS to wrest back the No. 2 post from Mohamad Sabu is a signal that the party wants to go mainstream rather than pursue its original Islamic agenda.
Joceline Tan, The Star
IT's hard to keep hot news a secret and by late afternoon, the word was that Mohamad Sabu had won. But no one would have been able to foretell that looking at him the last few days.
Friday is the holiest day of the week for Muslims and a motion to thank Tuanku Johor was passed with immediate effect by the muktamar with three cries of "Takbir!" And "Allahuakbar!"
Posted: 23 Nov 2013 09:29 AM PST
Adrian Lai, NST
WHAT was supposed to be a straightforward party election turned into an embarrassing and drawn-out affair for Pas at its 59th muktamar when the voting process was marred by a technical glitch on Friday.
Posted: 23 Nov 2013 09:25 AM PST
Sheridan Mahavera, TMI
PAS does not believe in hype. That was one thing that a PAS grassroots leader said was what members have described as the most vicious (by its standards) party elections.
The second is that the grassroots reward hardworking, articulate, outward-looking leaders who do not just preach to the converted.
Party members with whom The Malaysian Insider spoke believe these were among the considerations they used to choose the people who will lead the party into its quest for federal power in the next three years.
It was CWC that was stocked with three groups: the so-called professionals, religious teachers and scholars, and activists.
Only four of the CWC members are new. And they were religious teachers who replaced mostly other religious teachers.
Yet the social media campaign waged in the months leading up to the elections framed it as a war between the party's conservatives and its progressives.
The talk was that the conservatives were staging a comeback into the CWC, which had been dominated by progressives.
But the results, said PAS leaders, showed that the grassroots liked the formula of an urbane, open-minded PAS that worked hand-in-glove with Pakatan Rakyat allies, PKR and DAP, and wanted to deepen its ties with mainstream Malaysian society.
By re-electing the same people, Nasir said, the grassroots acknowledged the hard work its leaders had put into expanding PAS support and winning seats despite the fact that it fared badly among rural Malay Muslims.
"It's a realisation that our party is strong internally and that the challenges are external. Our loss of rural Malay Muslim support was not due to us but because we could not counter all the BR1M (1Malaysia People's Aid)," said Nasir.
He also pointed to the fact that unlike what had been depicted in the pro-Umno media and in social media, the grassroots were not swayed by talk that PAS was losing its way because it was ruled by progressives.
"It just shows that all this talk about ulama versus Erdogans versus professionals was just nonsense created by outsiders".
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