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PUBLISHED: Oct 13, 2014 5:01pm

Fellow Pakatan leaders, EC chairman respect PAS’ decision

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THE RAKYAT POST By:
QURNISHA HAMKA and G. SURACH

PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli says no other parties should interfere with the decision taken by PAS with regard to the suspension of two of its Selangor assemblymen. — TRP file pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13, 2014:

Newly-minted PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli has expressed his respect over PAS’ decision to suspend two of its Selangor state assemblymen yesterday.

The Pandan Member of Parliament said that no other parties should interfere with the decision taken by PAS.

“That is PAS’ internal process and I feel that each party has its right to conduct its internal workings.

“If a similar process is to occur in PKR, we will appreciate it if our partners do not interfere, and vice versa,” he said when met at the Parliament lobby today.

Rafizi was commenting on the one-year suspension of assemblyman Saari Sungib and Hasnol Baharuddin, of Hulu Kelang and Morib respectively, following the announcement by PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali yesterday.

Meanwhile, DAP’s Seputeh Member of Parliament Teresa Kok said the party and herself would not interfere with the decision made by PAS.

“I do not wish to interfere with PAS’ internal affairs or decisions.

“However at my personal level, I must say that I admire the courage of the two assemblymen for taking their stand during a crucial and critical moment to support PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah and Pakatan Rakyat,” she said when contacted.

Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said that despite the suspension, both Saari and Hasnul remained as PAS members.

“Both of them are still PAS members as they have only been suspended. However they remain free to join other parties under the freedom of association as enshrined in the Federal Constitution,” he told The Rakyat Post.

Saari and Hasnol had previously aligned themselves with DAP and PKR, granting Dr Wan Azizah the majority in the state assembly by stepping outside PAS’ decision to support former Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

However, despite this, the Sultan of Selangor later appointed PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali for the post when Abdul Khalid’s resignation was finally put into effect.

Saari and Hasnol, who said they were prepared to accept whatever punishment that came their way for their action, had received brickbats from many PAS leaders since then, especially during PAS’ recent muktamar.

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13, 2014:

Newly-minted PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli has expressed his respect over PAS’ decision to suspend two of its Selangor state assemblymen yesterday.

The Pandan Member of Parliament said that no other parties should interfere with the decision taken by PAS.

“That is PAS’ internal process and I feel that each party has its right to conduct its internal workings.

“If a similar process is to occur in PKR, we will appreciate it if our partners do not interfere, and vice versa,” he said when met at the Parliament lobby today.

Rafizi was commenting on the one-year suspension of assemblyman Saari Sungib and Hasnol Baharuddin, of Hulu Kelang and Morib respectively, following the announcement by PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali yesterday.

Meanwhile, DAP’s Seputeh Member of Parliament Teresa Kok said the party and herself would not interfere with the decision made by PAS.

“I do not wish to interfere with PAS’ internal affairs or decisions.

“However at my personal level, I must say that I admire the courage of the two assemblymen for taking their stand during a crucial and critical moment to support PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah and Pakatan Rakyat,” she said when contacted.

Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said that despite the suspension, both Saari and Hasnul remained as PAS members.

“Both of them are still PAS members as they have only been suspended. However they remain free to join other parties under the freedom of association as enshrined in the Federal Constitution,” he told The Rakyat Post.

Saari and Hasnol had previously aligned themselves with DAP and PKR, granting Dr Wan Azizah the majority in the state assembly by stepping outside PAS’ decision to support former Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

However, despite this, the Sultan of Selangor later appointed PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali for the post when Abdul Khalid’s resignation was finally put into effect.

Saari and Hasnol, who said they were prepared to accept whatever punishment that came their way for their action, had received brickbats from many PAS leaders since then, especially during PAS’ recent muktamar.

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