Monday, May 4, 2009

Wither Pakatan, then?

PAS is in the grip of a debate over the nature of its leadership ahead of party polls next month.

A big controversy has broken out after Datuk Mohamed Daud Iraqi, who leads the Dewan Ulama said the top two posts in he party could be held only by ulama.

His comments added to an internal debate on whether PAS should strengthen its Malay-Islam roots by forming a loose coalition with UMNO, or get closer to the multiracial Pakatan Rakyat alliance.

“PAS is an Islamist party, therefore it should be led by individuals from religious backgrounds,” said Mohamed Daud, who leads the powerful council of clerics or Dewan Ulama PAS.

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