KUALA LUMPUR: Former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa wants to remain in PAS to ensure the party’s original struggle to champion Islam and the Malays is not diluted by being a partner in Pakatan Rakyat.
Nasharudin, whose membership in the Syura Council was revoked recently, said his status as an ordinary member would not be an obstacle to continue to fight for PAS.
“It is not true that because I am no longer in the Syura Council I cannot make my views known, even as an ordinary member I still can.
“I want to fight for PAS’ original struggle, that is to be a champion of Islam and the Malays and that this struggle should not be diluted just because PAS is cooperating with PKR and the DAP,” he told reporters at his home in Bandar Bukit Mahkota, Kajang here.
On Monday, PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat said Nasharudin still remained as ordinary member of PAS.
Nasharudin, the Bachok MP, is not likely to be picked for the coming general election.
It was reported that Nasharudin was dropped from the council because he had been absent from its meetings on a number of occasions.
However, the widely held view is that the top leadership in PAS was unhappy about his close relationship with Umno leaders, in particularly his accompanying Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on visit to Gaza and Saudi Arabia.
– THE STAR