PAS has disclosed a strategic shift in leadership plans, indicating that caretaker Kelantan menteri besar (MB) Datuk Ahmad Yakob will not continue to lead the state should the party retain power there.
However, PAS secretary-general Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan conveyed that the party has proposed the continuation of caretaker MB in Kedah and Terengganu—Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor and Datuk Seri Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar—should PAS emerge victorious in those states.
Takiyuddin clarified that these proposals are contingent upon the consent of the respective state rulers.
“This change in the Kelantan MB and deputy MB is aimed at presenting a new leadership duo of a religious leader and a technocrat. This is dependent on the people’s mandate and the consent of the sultan of Kelantan,” said the Kota Bharu MP.
Moreover, the decision was deliberated and reached during a PAS meeting, chaired by PAS president Tan Sri Hadi Awang, in Rusila, Terengganu yesterday (Aug 10).
Encouraging support for Perikatan Nasional (PN) and PAS, Takiyuddin also urged voters across the six states to back the coalition in the forthcoming elections. He expressed hope for a seamless voting process.
Ahmad has been the Kelantan MB since 2013, while Samsuri and Sanusi have led Terengganu and Kedah since 2018 and 2020, respectively.
Last month, Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim affirmed that Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun and Chow Kon Yeow would remain as the Negri Sembilan and Penang MB respectively, if PH successfully retains the two states in the upcoming elections.
Anwar, who also holds the office of Prime Minister, additionally announced the continuation of Amirudin as the Selangor NB should PH secure victory in the state. – Aug 11, 2023
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