PAS information chief Ahmad Fadhli Shaari addressed recent speculations surrounding attempts to entice PAS lawmakers into supporting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s administration. Fadhli categorically stated that, to the best of the party’s knowledge, there have been no such attempts.
“To our knowledge, there has been none,” the Pasir Mas MP said during a press conference in Parliament today.
Responding to a report by Utusan Malaysia yesterday (Nov 15), Fadhli dismissed claims that a PAS MP was seen entering the government backbenchers’ lounge on multiple occasions. He emphasised that the party remains unaware of any efforts to sway its members in favour of Anwar’s administration.
When questioned about the defection of four Bersatu MPs to Anwar’s camp, Fadhli sought to distinguish their actions as individual choices rather than a reflection of the party’s stance. He expressed confidence in Bersatu’s ability to address the situation internally and reiterated that the actions of these MPs should not be directly linked to the party.
“I’m confident Bersatu is, had, and will take necessary actions to stop this activity. These are independent actions and these individuals cannot be linked to the party,” he said.
“Yes, we (PAS) are disappointed by their actions but we hope that those who have ‘crossed over’ can reconsider to retract what they have done.”
Moreover, Fadhli acknowledged PAS’ disappointment with the defections but urged the individuals involved to reconsider their decisions.
The four Bersatu MPs who declared their support for Anwar — Labuan MP Suhaili Abdul Rahman, Kuala Kangsar MP Datuk Iskandar Dzulkarnain Abdul Khalid, Gua Musang MP Mohd Azizi Abu Naim and Jeli MP Zahari Kechik — have faced repercussions within their own party.
Suhaili’s membership has been suspended for six years, while Iskandar faces a four-year suspension.
Yesterday (Nov 15), Bersatu Youth chief Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal went a step further, accusing Suhaili of being a “traitor” to the party due to his alleged involvement in soliciting support for Anwar. – Nov 16, 2023
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