Anwar Ibrahim with Erdogan and Abdullah Gul
This time its PAS
PAS is under pressure to be more exertive. Confidence among their non-member Malay grassroot are slowly waning. It is saved only by UMNO's over-extended party election. PAS, which branch out from the main trunk of Malay polity of UMNO, has undergone several ideological transformation. But the current silence of PAS from rebutting critics on azan practise, fatwa on yoga and tomboy, etc is very unbecoming. Dr Mahathir had to tease PAS to awake them from their slumber (read Utusan report below.).
Underpinning their silence is their association with PKR under Pakatan Rakyat. That association has usurped into PAS a pro-Anwar faction within their fold. The faction dubbed as the Erdogan faction is expected to mount a challenge on the leadership. The clergies have reacted. YB Khalid Samad, MP for Shah Alam was removed by the state PAS Commisioner, YB Dato Dr Hasan Ali from the state PAS leadership. Khalid can be remembered as the PAS MP that delivered a speech at a Church in Shah Alam.
On Aug 18th, 2008, this blogger put up a posting, Anwar or Istiqamah for PAS? to pre-warn of such faction. Back then, PAS members denied such existence. These days they no more do.
New Straits Times, September 22nd, 2008-----------------------------
Anwar's dream widens Pas rift
By ZUBAIDAH ABU BAKAR
DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim's obsession of becoming prime minister is causing more ripples in Pas. Tension between the pro-Anwar group in Pas, popularly known as the Erdogan faction, and the pragmatic ulama-backed group has been pushed up a notch.
The fracture over the opposition's "prime minister-in-waiting" has re-emerged, this time over Anwar's claims -- since proven to be a bluff -- of forming a new government by Sept 16.
Insiders fear that the internal conflict could have an impact on the Islamist party's future in Pakatan Rakyat, especially with Anwar's continued inability to deliver on his promise to oust Barisan Nasional.
The split, they say, may leave casualties in the present leadership.
This could take place even before next year's party elections as there are moves to replace those perceived as being pro-Anwar.
The party elections are likely to see contests for key posts between the warring factions, the most commonly bandied about being a battle for the post of deputy president, currently held by Nasharuddin Mat Isa.
Supporters of vice-president Husam Musa want him elevated in the party hierarchy by opposing Nasharuddin as one of those behind the controversial and secret Pas-Umno unity talks.
Husam attentively listening to Anwar believed to be at Dubai on Jun 2008. Was the trip about a trade mission for Selangor and Kelantan or hatching of the Erdogan plan?
The Erdogan faction -- a reference to the younger moderates led by Husam -- came under heavy fire at the muktamar in Ipoh.
Delegates, especially at the Youth assembly, did not mince words when they slammed the leaders of the faction for "kowtowing" to Anwar's ambitions and bending to his agenda.
The faction leaders were accused of championing Anwar's cause for political mileage and to boost their own popularity with the masses.
The muktamar was reminded of Anwar's ungratefulness when he dumped Pas to join Umno, when it was Pas that had supported his activism before his entry into politics.
The party convention may have reaffirmed Pas' commitment to Pa-katan Rakyat but the rivalry between the factions did not end there.
An undercurrent remained, rising to the surface recently over an article published by party organ Harakah, in which Terengganu state commissioner Mustaffa Ali reasoned that Anwar would not be able to realise his Sept 16 takeover plan.
His comments landed him in hot soup.
Mustaffa, already labelled pro-Umno because of his role in the Pas-Umno unity talks, was criticised by Pas spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat for parroting the Umno president. He won himself another label -- "Umno mouthpiece".
It is believed that Nik Aziz accused Mustaffa of going against the wishes of the muktamar, which had supported Anwar as Pakatan Rakyat leader, without fully understanding what Mustaffa actually said.
This, the Tok Guru reportedly admitted when he met Mustaffa over the dispute last week.
The public spat between the two saw several Pas-linked blogs attacking the Erdogan faction for being behind the riposte by Nik Aziz.
Mustaffa, who is Harakah chairman, was in turn accused of directing the newspaper to tone down Nik Aziz's full statement. The irony is that the accusers are well aware that Mustaffa is not involved in the day-to-day running of Harakah. He merely chairs the board.
While the clash between Mustaffa and Nik Aziz has since been "resolved", with the former insisting that Pas is not in crisis, the party faithful are asking whether it is worthwhile for Pas to take the strain caused by one man who is not even a member.
A leader like Anwar, they say, will come and go.
Utusan Online 24/11/2008
Pas tidak mampu bersuara - Dr. Mahathir
KUALA LUMPUR 22 Nov. - Pas kini tidak mampu bersuara malah banyak tindak-tanduknya hanya untuk memuaskan parti lain termasuk membenarkan penternakan babi di kawasan kampung orang Melayu.
Bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad berkata, Pas rela menerima perkara itu, malahan tidak lagi berani untuk bercakap mengenai penubuhan negara Islam.
Oleh itu kata beliau, orang Melayu juga tidak boleh mengharapkan Pas untuk melindungi hak-hak keistimewaan mereka memandangkan parti itu lebih kecil daripada DAP walaupun mempunyai penyokong yang ramai.
Jelasnya, inilah dilema yang dihadapi oleh orang Melayu terutama pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 nanti sama ada untuk memilih UMNO dan Barisan Nasional (BN) ataupun Pas dan pembangkang.
''Orang Melayu berpendapat kalau mereka mengundi UMNO dan BN bermakna mereka akan memilih pemimpin yang rasuah dan jika mengundi Pas bermakna mengundi pembangkang yang pasti tidak akan meneruskan pembangunan orang Melayu dan bahasa Melayu ," katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian semasa membentangkan kertas kerja mengenai 'Dilema Melayu' pada Siri Wacana Gapena V anjuran Gabungan Penulis Nasional (Gapena) di sini hari ini.
Ujar beliau, ini adalah dilema orang Melayu, tetapi menegaskan ia tidak bermakna mereka membenci orang Cina atau India.
Dilema itu katanya, bagi mempertahankan kedudukan orang Melayu kerana tidak harus menjadi hamba di negara sendiri.
* All pictures and information links courtesy of AnwarIbrahimDotCom.