FOR the past one week or so, both PAS and its Youth wing have been displaying images of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA) with the hashtag #KekalTenang (literally means remaining calm) which is understandable given the perceived underlying friction between the opposition party with Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
This is especially evident ever since the Islamist party berated PMX on Jan 9 by claiming that the message conveyed in the social media post featuring the courtesy call by Anwar on the Agong “is not in sync with the official statement of the National palace”.
Fast forward to recent times, the National PAS has wholesomely supported the mass movement mobilised by the Selangor PAS Youth to hand over what is termed as “Memorandum Rakyat” to the Agong tomorrow (Jan 23).
“The National PAS has taken note of the event and has decided to support the mass movement that will take place tomorrow (Jan 23) at 11am in front of Gate 2 of the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur,” acknowledged secretary-general Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan in an internal memo dated yesterday (Jan 22).
The memo, among others, is directed at all state-level communications secretaries (including Federal Territories) as well as its national level ulamak (religious scholar) body, PAS Youth, women’ wing and its Non-Muslim Supporters wing (DHPP).
“In relation to this, you are directed to immediately mobilised PAS members at all levels of your jurisdiction,” instructed Takiyuddin who is also the Kota Bharu MP.
In the earlier internal memo by the Selangor PAS Youth addressed to all state level division heads and secretaries, the movement has appealed for promotional support and mobilisation of “minimum 100 youths from each division” to attend the memorandum presentation ceremony to the very likely National Palace representative.
With the current Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah’s five-year term ending on Jan 31 or barely a week away, one really wonders what PAS has up its sleeves by wanting to hand over a memorandum the supreme leader of the land.
Could it be that PAS merely wants to express its gratitude to the Agong for having consented the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition an opportunity to rule the country albeit the administration of its chairman and Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin only lasted a spell of 17 months prior to losing parliamentary support?
Or that PAS is making a final attempt to convince the Agong that the current unity government has failed to live up to expectations and that he must swiftly arrive at a decision for the next cause of action before he steps down? – Jan 22, 2024