PAS remains under pressure from conservatives
COMMENT The just-ended PAS annual general conference (muktamar) has landed Pakatan Rakyat in troubled waters again.
What started off on the right footing with Abdul Hadi Awang's presidential address reflecting PAS as a matured partner in solidarity and harmony with Pakatan in hot pursuit of Putrajaya, has ended in near disaster.
On the first day of the main conference last Friday, Hadi gave much cheer to the entire Pakatan alliance and its supporters with a speech that hammered on common agenda and centred on issues conducive to winning the electoral battle ahead.
Even delegates debating Hadi's speech largely skirted the controversial issues of hudud and Islamic state that could potentially disrupt unity within the Pakatan alliance.
However, this politically pragmatic approach has caused unease among the conservatives, who were disturbed by the lack of mention of implementing hudud and other Islamic agenda, and construed this as deviation from PAS' original struggle, which is to realise an Islamic state...