PAS’ focus has now shifted to conquer either Perak or Pahang to increase their parliamentary and state seats following their successful bid to control the four northern states of Perlies, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan.
PAS election director Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor emphasised that the Islamist party ought to engage in many more political efforts, one of which is non-boring politics, especially to entice young voters.
“This is because the market size for youths who are not part of any political party is similar to the market size of those who are already part of certain parties,” Sanusi said at the PAS 69th “muktamar” (annual congress) yesterday (Oct 22).
“The market must remain within PAS’ grasp for the future of the political party as almost 100% traditional voters in mosques, suraus and religious schools have been dominated by the Islamist party.
“PAS must venture across the fence from the front, the back and from left and right to become the new frontier. We must diversify our political measures to not be confined within PAS’ traditional strategies.”
Sanusi said in addition to the four PAS-led states, PAS must plan to move forward to the next level, which is to control at least one more state in the form of either Pahang or Perak.
“If we can’t get Perak, we can try to take over Pahang. If we can get both states, it would be good as it further increases the number of Parliament and state seats PAS has,” he reckoned.
Meanwhile, Sanusi who is also the Kedah Menteri Besar, once again reiterated that PAS is now the largest party as they have the most Parliament and state seats and as the “kingmaker” in all decisions and movements in Malaysian politics.
“There is no other party upon which Malaysians can rely on to plan and organise the country’s political journey than PAS.
“The entire hope of Malaysians now rests on the shoulders of PAS, so let’s all make it a success,” Sanusi said.
PAS currently has four states under its rule, namely Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan and Terengganu, led by Sanusi, Mohd Shukri Ramli, Datuk Seri Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar and Datuk Mohd Nassuruddin Daud respectively.
Shukri and Nassuruddin are considered ulama, while Sanusi and Samsuri are said to be technocrats rather than clerics. – Oct 23, 2023
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