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If PAS REFUSES to Act STRONGLY
AGAINST This PAS State Leader
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PAS may end up the biggest losers in Selangor come the next general elections.
PAS had WON 8 out of the 56 state seats in Election 2008, in mostly URBAN or SEMI-URBAN constituencies.
PAS stands to LOSE the support of NON -Muslims who make up between 20 and 40 per of voters in these constituencies, according to its own ground reports.
PAS LOST all 12 seats to Umno in predominantly rural Malay majority constituencies.
A PAS state lawmaker said that the support the party received from non-Muslims is dissipating.
“I don’t even know if I can retain my own seat in the next general elections. I’m on the ground, we meet the non-Malays and know they are not happy,” he said, adding that their main grouse is against the state Pas leadership, which has invited one controversy after another.
The Hasan Ali Factor.
- Earlier this year, PAS Commissioner Datuk Dr Hasan Ali proposed a beer ban for Muslim-majority areas and moved to empower mosques officials to arrest Muslims caught drinking.
Although PAS attempted to explain that the proposals, which were eventually not implemented, would only affect Muslims, it triggered uneasiness among non-Muslims and created the perception that PAS was pushing a hard-line Islamic agenda.
Non-muslims make up 47 per cent of Selangor ‘s population.
- Worse still, Hasan Ali has repeatedly clashed with his Pakatan Rakyat (PR) partners.
Hasan Ali made an open challenge in the media calling for his State Executive colleague, Ronnie Liu, to resign for allegedly ordering the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) to return beer seized illegally from a 7-Eleven outlet.
- More recently, Hasan Ali caused another stir by undermining the authority of the special select committee for competency, accountability and transparency (Selcat) which was investigating abuse of state funds by former Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers just before the general elections last year.
Hasan Ali accused Speaker Teng Chang Khim, who heads the state government watchdog, of bullying civil servants during a public inquiry into the misuse of funds.
Before the March 8 general elections, NON -Malay sentiment was to vote for any party which was not in the ruling BN coalition including PAS despite the reservations they might have had about PAS.
In subsequent by-elections, Chinese and Indians, especially in Perak, WILLINGLY voted for PAS.
In Selangor, the NEGATIVE publicity generated by PAS Selangor including forcing their values on non-Muslims cannot be discounted.
Decision of PAS Disciplinary Committee on Hasan Ali
Whether Selangor PAS continues to clash with their PR partners and alienate non-Muslims could depend on the party’s disciplinary committee.
Hasan Ali has been hauled up before the committee for “jeopardizing the party’s image.” The disciplinary committee is expected to decide on the next course of action today.
The committee could decide there is no case to answer, which would lead to status quo in the state leadership, or opt to suspend or remove Hasan Ali as PAS state commissioner, but this is UNLIKELY because of Hasan Ali's close links to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, who appointed him in the first place.