Syura Council confirms PAS' decision to sever ties with PKR

KUALA LUMPUR: The PAS Syura Council has confirmed the Islamist party's decision to sever ties with its opposition partner PKR.

However, the PAS spiritual arm said it was up to the Central Committee to decide if PAS lawmakers should leave the Selangor government.

PAS have 14 lawmakers in Selangor with three of them – Iskandar Abdul Samad, Zaidy Abdul Talib and Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi – who sit in the Selangor executive council.

During its recent annual congress in Alor Star, delegates from the Islamist party's Ulama, Youth and central wings all voted to end their political cooperation with PKR.

Syura Council secretary Datuk Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh said the decision to break with PKR was made based on three reasons.

He said the first reason was because PKR has not supported and instead opposed PAS' Islamic agenda such as RUU355.

"Secondly, PKR has gone against the spirit of political cooperation by attacking the leadership and making false accusations against PAS, in turn tainting the party's image," he said in a statement today.

Dr Nik Muhammad said finally the PKR had betrayed the political relationship with PAS by working with others who want to topple the Kelantan government and went against PAS during the by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar.