PAS makes breakthrough with first legislative rep from East Malaysia

Dr Aliakbar Gulasan. – Sabahpost.net photo.

SABAH PAS secretary Dr Aliakbar Gulasan has been nominated into the state assembly, the first time the Islamist party has a legislative representative in East Malaysia.

Party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who announced the appointment on his social media said it would open a new chapter for the party, which has been in Sabah for over three decades.

“I also thank Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor for having confidence in Sabah PAS by appointing Aliakbar as one of the six nominated state assemblymen, ” he added.

Besides Aliakbar five other nominated assemblymen are expected to be sworn in tomorrow.  They are SAPP’s Datuk Yong Teck Lee, Umno’s Suhaimi Nasir, Umno’s Raimie Unggi, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Sabah’s Datuk Amisah Yassin, and Sabah PKR’s Jaffari Walliam.

Sabah’s state constitution allows for the appointment of six nominated assemblymen who enjoy equal status as elected representatives.

PAS is part of the ruling Gabungan Rakyat Sabah coalition which includes Perikatan Nasional, Barisan Nasional and Parti Bersatu Sabah.

The party did not contest in the Sept 26 state election. PAS has never won any seats in East Malaysia given its extremist leanings.

The Sabah Council of Churches (SCC) recently called on Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan to stop plans to nominate a PAS representative in the state assembly.

The council cited PAS Pasir Puteh MP Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh’s refusal to apologise for his “derogatory” remarks about the Bible for its rejection of the party.

National PAS leaders have repeatedly said that the party would also sit out of the upcoming Sarawak polls but state leaders said that they have yet to be officially informed of the decision.

 

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