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PUBLISHED: Jun 5, 2015 4:41pm

‘Motion to cut ties with DAP is a message to its leaders’

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PAS' Dewan Ulama chief Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed says the motion they put forth to cut ties with DAP is meant to serve as a message to the secular-based party. — TRP pic by Azrol Ali

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KUALA SELANGOR, June 5, 2015:

The motion by PAS’ Dewan Ulama to cut all ties with its political ally, DAP, was meant to serve as a message to the secular-based party.

Its chief, Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed, said that regardless of whether the motion was passed or rejected, what was important was that DAP, especially its top two leaders, understood the message that the way they had been acting was unacceptable.

“We only want to cut ties with DAP, especially with Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng.

“To us, these two are the dominant ones and that was why we decided to cut ties with all of them (DAP members).

“We don’t want to follow their style of cutting ties only with our president (Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang) and to be fair, these two have insulted our leader and our policies, especially hudud.”

Mahfodz was speaking at a press conference at Stadium Tertutup Kuala Selangor today, where PAS’ annual muktamar is taking place.

When asked as to why the Ulama wing chooses to still work with PKR despite the latter’s open announcement that it, too, does not support the implementation of hudud in Kelantan, Mahfodz replied that PKR had at least used a gentle approach in expressing its rejection.

He said that it was within PKR’s rights to disagree with the goal long fought for by PAS, but contrary to DAP, PKR did not continuously attack the Islamist-based party or stoop to the level of making its president look bad.

“I understand that DAP’s attack stemmed from our aim to implement hudud. But PKR chose to do it gently, unlike DAP.

“That’s why we have this motion to cut ties only with DAP, but remain with Pakatan Rakyat. It’s okay for PKR to disagree with hudud.

“With God’s will, maybe we will get the support from other channels, especially from the Muslim Members of Parliament, regardless of which party they come from.”

When asked about the new line-up, which saw 22 out of the 23 posts contested won by the ulama faction, Mahfodz said that the clerics could also professionally talk about issues close to the people’s hearts, such as Goods and Services Tax (GST), as well as 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

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