JOHOR BARU, Sept 14, 2015:

PAS Youth chief Nik Mohd Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz says the mass resignation that took place in their Johor chapter late last month had an effect on the Islamist party as a whole while already in the midst of an internal crisis.

“However, the resignations of the party members were quickly looked into and we managed to appoint new members to the Johor PAS Youth chapter.

“The mass resignations may have affected us, but I assure critics that we are still strong contrary to online media reports that paint a bleak picture of the party,” he said here today.

Johor PAS Youth recorded the worst case of members quitting their state party posts for the new Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) recently.

This follows a simultaneous move by 13 out of 15 of the state’s executive committee members who quit their youth party posts on Aug 31.

Nik Mohd Abduh was in Johor Baru today where he announced the party’s new state youth committee line-up at the Johor PAS headquarters here.

Among the new leadership was Pulai PAS Youth chief Juwahir Amin, now the wing’s new state chief, and Pagoh PAS Youth chief Ahmad Nawfal Mohfodz, now his deputy.

The 45-year-old Pasir Mas lawmaker said that he was disappointed with the turn of events but it was now under control following the new appointments.

Nik Mohd Abduh added the party’s leadership was aware of the mass resignations before it happened as there was a discussion with former members before they resigned.

“Those who left were our friends in PAS and they did it in an amicable manner that didn’t cripple the wing’s leadership,” he said, adding that there was no grudge with the previous members as they did not join Umno and still shared some of the party’s views.

Nik Mohd Abduh said PAS Youth would also look into several issues in the state leadership as part of the wing’s restructuring process following the resignations.

“Among the issues that need immediate action is the management of the party’s pre-school programme (Pasti) that is handled by our wing members at the branch level,” he said, adding that Johor also had the highest number of Pasti schools.

On the formation of the Opposition coalition pact, dubbed Pakatan Rakyat 2.0, Nik Mohd Abduh said PAS hoped that it would become a reality.

“Despite the differences of other Opposition parties with us, in politics anything is a possibility.

“It is also not PAS’ policy to be alone in our struggle.”

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