Tuesday September 18, 2012
Do not meddle in PAS’ internal affairs, Karpal warned
KUALA LUMPUR: PAS has warned DAP chairman Karpal Singh to not interfere in its internal affairs although the party is part of Pakatan Rakyat.
PAS Dewan Ulama vice-president Datuk Mahfodz Mohamed said Karpal had no right to dictate what the Islamist party should or should not do as he was not a PAS member, an online portal reported.
Mahfodz, who is Johor PAS commissioner, said the party had its own leaders, who knew best how to run the party.
“It is up to us to make any decisions and I don't think any outsiders, be it Karpal or anyone else, should decide for us,” Mahfodz said.
He was commenting on Karpal's statement that PAS should re-evaluate its position in Pakatan following the party's inaction against its former deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa recently.
Karpal announced last week that he would proceed with filing a defamation suit against Nasharuddin whom he claimed had accused him of being anti-Islam due to the hudud issue.
Mahfodz said: “As far as PAS is concerned, we want to be with Pakatan and to win the general election with them.
“There should be no issues about us deciding whether we should reconsider our position or not.”
He viewed Karpal's statement as the chairman's personal view and not that of the DAP.
Nasharuddin was quoted as maintaining that Karpal is “anti-Islam” and declared that he was ready to meet him in court.
Pakatan leaders have distanced themselves on the issue with DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng reportedly stating that the Karpal-Nasharuddin spat had nothing to do with the party.
PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub said the party had never raised any issues about its position in Pakatan.