No Selangor Pas leader is joining PKR, Pas vice president Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad said in denying a report carried by an online portal.

“To me, it is a rumour that is deliberately created to disrupt Selangor Pas’ preparation to face the general election which is expected to take place in less than 3 months.

“It is also meant to create anxiety among the party’s state members so that they lose focus,” Iskandar said in a statement.

Iskandar said he had spoken to Selangor Pas assemblymen who had expressed shock about the rumour and urged them to carry on with their duties.

“They should not be repeating or spreading any news the sources and truth of which are unknown. Any news that is mere speculation should be disregarded.

“They must not be trapped by the strategies of enemies who only want to see Pas’ general election preparations paralysed. Of course, enemies want to see the Pas leaders and members doubt each other,” said Iskandar, who is also Cempaka assemblyman.

Quoting sources, the online portal report said the defectors from the Islamist party could likely be office bearers and at least four Selangor Pas assemblyman, said to be disenchanted with the party decision to fight alone in the 14th general election instead of joining forces with Pakatan Harapan.

There are a total of 56 state assembly seats in Selangor.

Pas used to hold 15 seats until 2015 following the exit of 2 assemblymen – Hulu Kelang’s Saari Sungib and Morib’s Hasnul Baharuddin – to its splinter party, Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) which saw a reduction to 13.

PKR has 13 seats, DAP holds 14, Barisan Nasional with 12 and two independent state assemblyman who are Port Klang’s Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and Teluk’s Datuk Loh Chee Heng.

Meanwhile, a Selangor Pas member, who declined to be named, agreed with Iskandar that there was no such exodus and that they would stay loyal to the party.

“I personally do not see it happening due to dissatisfaction with Pas’ top leadership. I think the online article was just stating the obvious logic that we will join PKR because currently, we do not have political cooperation with DAP and we stay away from PAN. So the only choice is to go to PKR. But I do not think that will take place.

“The other reason the article stated what it did could be due to the current Selangor state government which is held by PKR. By claiming that Selangor Pas leaders would join PKR, it could be interpreted as a sign of support to Selangor Menteri Besar (Datuk Seri Azmin Ali) because both parties still enjoy political cooperation in the state for the people,” he said.

New Straits Times

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