PAS preps itself for national power
COMMENT The 56th PAS Muktamar in Kota Bharu was a low-key affair, overshadowed by the Fifa World Cup (which made for many red-eyed delegates) and the media’s attention on Malaysia's 10MP.
Intentionally so, the meeting lacked sharp internal criticism and shocking statements that capture national headlines. The mood was one of self-reflection and obvious restraint, as PAS showed it was struggling to find its way in the new political landscape.
More than any muktamar since the March 2008 polls, the meeting highlighted the strong desire of the Islamic party to win national power and its willingness to transform itself to achieve these ends.