PAS Youth chief warns leadership it risks losing Kelantan

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KOTA TINGGI: PAS Youth has warned the Islamist party that it is in danger of losing the Kelantan government, just like it lost Kedah in the 2013 general election last year, if nothing is done to resolve differences among its leadership and improve the state administration.

Its chief, Suhaizan Kaiat, said internal troubles should not be used as an excuse for the party to be broken up instead of solving problems through discussion. “PAS only survived one term in Kedah, just like in Terengganu in the 10th general election. But Pakatan Rakyat managed to stay on in Selangor and Penang.

“In the last general election in Kelantan, support for PAS in the state had gone down to less than 50%. It was the support of the Kelantanese living outside the state that helped PAS win,” he said at the 55th PAS Youth muktamar (general assembly) in Kota Tinggi, Johor yesterday.

Suhaizan said this was a signal that voters in Kelantan were getting unhappy with the PAS administration’s performance. He said there was also concern that Kelantanese living outstation would not want to return to their hometowns to vote for “various reasons”.

It could spell trouble for the party because voters in Kelantan were critical and they could easily reject anyone whom they thought unfit to govern their state, he said. — The Malaysian Insider

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on September 17, 2014.