Thursday January 31, 2013
Nasha: A number of PAS members and supporters questioning my sacking
By RAZAK AHMAD and RAHIMY RAHIM
KUALA LUMPUR: The sacking of PAS' estranged former deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa from the party's Syura Council is being questioned by a growing number of party members.
Nasharudin said a steady stream of PAS members and supporters had approached him to express their support for him.
“Many have come to visit me at my house until late night to express sympathy and question my removal, which to them did not follow proper procedures,” he said after a briefing session on the kalimah Allah issue organised by several non-governmental organisations at the National Mosque.
Appointed to the 15-member council that decides on key policy matters in 2005, Nasharudin said what was important to him was service for Islam, not party positions.
He, however, found it “strange” that he had yet to receive any formal notice about his sacking, reportedly decided on Jan 13.
“Until today, there's not a single phone call, letter or even SMS.”
He questioned the timing of his sacking, pointing out that it was done shortly after news broke that he had joined Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on a humanitarian trip to Gaza.
Nasharudin explained that he and Kulim Bandar-Baru MP Datuk Zulkifli Noordin were invited to join the Prime Minister's official delegation in their capacity as MPs as both were familiar with and have extensive contacts in the Palestinian territory.
”It's very strange that they decided to announce my removal right after that trip,” he said.
Nasharudin caused a stir in PAS last year when he was photographed with Najib in Mecca during the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit.
He drew further ire from key PAS leaders for calling on the party to re-examine its ties with the DAP for the latter's rejection of hudud.
Nasharudin said statements, including by top PAS leaders such as spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat who said he was now free to join another political party, suggested that he had been totally cut off from the party.
Asked what he would do should he be sacked as a PAS member, the Bachok MP said: “If they really go ahead with that, I would want to see the letter first, after which we will see what happens next.”