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KUALA LUMPUR, April 19, 2015:

Awang Selamat, the collective editorial pseudonym for Utusan Malaysia, has questioned whether PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang will be able to defend his position in the coming party election.

Awang claimed there was a movement that openly wanted the party’s leadership to change in the June elections, further alleging that PAS central executive committee member Khalid Abdul Samad was part of the movement.

“The group that wants him replaced is being increasingly outspoken, among them PAS committee member Khalid Abdul Samad.

“It’s been a while since the PAS president has been pushed this hard,” said Awang.

Awang said that on paper, Hadi’s chances of retaining his position were bright, but Awang’s advice was for the PAS president not get too comfortable and take the matter lightly.

Khalid had recently criticised Hadi over the hudud bill, saying there was no discussion on it before it was tabled to the Kelantan state assembly on March 18.

He said the manner in which Hadi handled the hudud issue had led to the crisis between PAS and DAP.

Meanwhile, Awang also disagreed with the Employee’s Provident Fund’s (EPF) proposal to raise the permissible age for withdrawing retirement savings to 60 years.

Awang said the current permissible age of 55 years should be maintained, adding that with many having criticised the proposal, EPF should listen to the people.

“Awang believes EPF has received a clear message. Don’t fight the voices of the rakyat (people) and contributors.

“The reality is that the savings in EPF are the right of the contributors. EPF’s arguments on the issue of contributors finishing their savings in the span of three to five years after making a full withdrawal is not convincing,” wrote Awang.

To Awang, EPF should focus their responsibility on the management of the funds and do it more efficiently.

Awang also suggested that the public consultation EPF hoped for on the issue should stop as it was a “waste of time” and that it added more pressure upon the people.

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