GEORGETOWN, April 19 – The statement by Penang PAS Youth that they would not cooperate during the Permatang Pauh by-election campaign was their view, said PAS deputy President PAS Mohamad Sabu. Mohamad, who is better known as Mat Sabu, said so far the PAS top leadership had not received any official statement from the Penang PAS Youth wing.

“I consider this their view, no action will be taken…we will see when the by-election begins. “Anyone can give their views but everyone must abide by the party’s decision,” he told reporters after officiating the Jelutong PAS general assembly here today.

Mohamad was commenting on a statement by Penang PAS Youth chief Mohd Yusni Mohd Piah who was quoted as saying that they would not participate in Permatang Pauh if the state Keadilan Youth wing (AMK) and the Penang DAP Socialist Youth (DAPSY) did not retract their statements about PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in connection with the hudud issue.

Mohamad, who is also Penang PAS commissioner, said the issue was an internal matter and all issues would be discussed at the party’s monthly meeting. “We have monthly meetings, so we can discuss all issues…there is no problem. (For now) we will focus on the election.

“We are having a meeting in the second week of next month and will discuss this issue. These things are not new in politics,” he said. The Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election is being held following the decision of the Pardons Board to reject the petition for a royal pardon sought by its member of parliament Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim through his family, resulting in Anwar losing his eligibility as MP.

Anwar is currently undergoing a five-year prison sentence on a charge of sodomising his former personal assistant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. The Election Commission has fixed polling day on May 7, nomination on April 25 and early voting on May 3.

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