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Forget Umno, focus on Pakatan Rakyat

The Malaysian Insider - by Wan Hamidi Hamid

IPOH, Aug 17 — Despite the narrow and conservative ulama's view that the Pas highest decision making body, the Ulama Syura Council, cannot be challenged, Selangor delegate Khalid Samad felt otherwise.

The Selangor delegate and Pas MP insisted today that Pas should reject any form of cooperation with Umno but stick to its current allies DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat under the banner of Pakatan Rakyat.

His views, bringing a flicker of democracy to the staid hierarchical Islamist party, contrasted with that of Pas deputy spiritual leader Datuk Dr Harun Din who stressed yesterday that party members must abide by the council's decision – to have non-binding informal talks with Umno.

Khalid, who also attended one of the secret meetings with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after the March 8 general election with his party leaders,reminded the assembly that Pas should show its true Islamic way with Pakatan instead of trying to be with Umno.

"Do you remember the days when our leaders declared war against 'assabiyah' (parochialism), against Umno which focused its struggle only for the Malays instead of Islam?"

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