KUALA SELANGOR - PAS president, Dato Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has retained his post with an almost 80 per cent majority at the biennial party polls Jun 4.
The Marang parliamentarian defeated opponent Ahmad Awang with 928 votes to Ahmad's 233 - securing his spot as the leader of the Malaysia's largest opposition party for the next two years.
His running mate, Dato Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man also won after receiving 881 votes compared to the incumbent, Mohamad Sabu who got 279 votes.
A total of 1,162 delegates out of the 1,189 present voted, with one unreturned ballot.
The result was announced by PAS elections director Asmuni Awi, just over three hours after voting was closed at 7pm.
For the post of vice-president, Dr Idris Ahmad, Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah and Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad won, defeating Salahuddin Ayub, Datuk Mahfuz Omar and Datuk Husam Musa.
The 18 members of PAS' central committee were also announced (in order of descending number of votes received) and they are Nasruddin Hassan Tantawi, Dr Riduan Mohd Noor, Dato Mohd Nasruddin Daud, Sallehen Mukhyi, Nik Zawawi Salleh and Dato Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, Dato Dr Mohamed Fadzli Hasan and Dato Abdullah Hussin.
The remaining are Razman Zakaria, Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki, Mokhtar Senik, Zaharudin Muhammad, Dr Ali Akbar Gulasan, Mazlan Aliman, Dr Rosni Adam, Mohd Noor Mohamad, Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor and Nor Azli Musa.
Hadi, in his policy speech made earlier in the day, blamed pro-secular enemies for attempting to tear the party's professional and cleric class apart.
He told delegates at the PAS muktamar in Kuala Selangor that enemies of Islam were using secularism to prevent the religion's ascension, and urged the party to come together to fight this.
"Let us not fall for the enemies' games, as they try to separate us by throwing around the slogans dividing the clerics and professionals," he said.
He said the two groups in PAS had always worked together, and that no such dichotomy existed.
"What's happening now is that we are facing the effects of secularism created to prevent the rise of Islam, and which is trying to penetrate the Islamic movement."
He said the professionals were as important as the ulama in building up the party, adding that their contributions were "beautiful pearls" which PAS treasured.
Hadi in the same speech had said that PAS will continue political cooperation (tahaluf siyasi) with Pakatan Rakyat, but only on areas of “mutual agreement”.
He added cooperation will continue as long as it does not conflict with Islam, and warned that PAS would reject anyone who gets in the way of its Islamic agenda, which includes the implementation of hudud in Kelantan.
“As we have said time and again, PAS practices political cooperation with Pakatan on matters that were mutually agreed on, such as fighting oppression, corruption, and leakages; transparent governance, [...] as long as it does not conflict with the Quran and Sunnah,” he said.
He added struggles that have a different agenda from PAS and are not in the Pakatan common policy agreement, were to be championed by the individual parties.