Channel News Asia:”Malaysia’s PAS splits with opposition partner PKR”

May 11, 2017 | Melissa Goh

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian opposition party Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) officially severed relations with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) on Thursday (May 11).

In a statement issued by the secretary of the Ulama Syura Council, Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh, PAS said the decision was made after the PKR broke the terms of its cooperation with PAS.

When asked about the possibility of PAS quitting the state government, political analyst Adib Zalkapli of Vriens and Partners said there would be a “heavy price to pay”. 

“PAS will have to quit exco and local council positions to severe ties with PKR,” he said, adding that Islamists are taught to choose the least destructive option in politics. “In this case, losing their seats in the Selangor government and their influence in how their state should be run would be damaging to the Islamist cause.”

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