KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2, 2015:

PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan confirmed that the party is still strong and will continue to grow despite the challenges it faces.

He thus rejected the allegations of discord in PAS even after the establishment of Parti Amanah Negar (Amanah).

“So far, there is none,” he said when asked if there was a split in the party.

“If there are some who are unsatisfied, that we cannot avoid… But to say that there is discord, I don’t think there is.

“There also those among us who are unsatisfied but do not want to leave the party. Maybe they’ll miss it… So their protest is in the form of not doing programmes in their area. Something like that.

“But thank God, all are now with the party president (Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang),” he toldThe Rakyat Post.

On the same note, Takiyuddin explained the issue of the bai’ah (oath) and also wala (allegiance), which recently became a hot issue when former PAS members defected to Amanah and were accused of breaking their promises and having to face the wrath of God.

According to him, it is not a forced burden to be borne by party members. On the contrary, the bai’ah was signed as a way to show how committed someone was to PAS.

“It’s actually like this … we know what we are signing. If it is said in the oath of allegiance that if I violate its terms, the penalty will be death, I will still sign because I believe I will not betray my own party

“Come what may, I will still be with PAS.

“I have not just joined PAS recently. I have long been with this party. I started out from the bottom. Because of that, I know that I will remain with PAS,” said the Kota Baru Member of Parliament.

Previously, some PAS members who left the party to establish Amanah were forced to face the implications of signing the bai’ah. They had to take the oath when given the responsibility of contesting as an elected representative in the general election (GE) for PAS.

Some PAS leaders, including the PAS Ulama Council (DUPP), maintained that the bai’ah(allegiance to stay with PAS) could not be broken in any way.

The most serious cases involved the assemblymen and MPs from Kelantan who agreed to the bai’ah even though the terms included divorcing their spouses if they were ever to break the oath (or promise) to leave the party to join another.

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