Saturday, 2 May 2009

Mustafa Ali: PAS will NOT contest in Penanti

The PAS top leadership has rejected calls made by the party's youth wing in Penang to field a candidate in the Penanti by-election on May 31.

The Permatang Pauh PAS division had also made a similar call that PAS should place its own candidate for the seat as this was what the grassroots wanted.

Permatang Pauh PAS division leaders, in a meeting on Tuesday night, decided that they would not activate their election machinery if some of their demands are not fulfilled by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), which has announced its candidate for the seat.

Division head Omar Hassan said the party wanted to contest the seat because people in Permatang Pauh had no confidence in PKR.

PAS election director Mustafa Ali however yesterday clarified the matter by saying that the party will not be fielding a candidate in the Penanti by-election.

He said that PAS, DAP and PKR had an understanding that there shall be no infighting among themselves in elections.

The state seat fell vacant following the resignation of PKR's Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin on April 16.

"As such, Penang PAS Youth's intention to field a candidate in the by-election has been denied," Mustafa was quoted as saying by Bernama.

Nomination for the polling is on May 23 and the Barisan Nasional has yet to announce whether it would be contesting the seat.

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