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Hadi urged to deal with Penang 'mutineers'

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PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang is urged to compel Penang PAS Youth to toe the line and assist PKR in the ongoing Permatang Pauh by-election campaign.

Central committee member Hanipa Maidin said this was necessary after Penang PAS Youth said t will not listen to anyone else.

"The PAS president is busy with his duties as International Union of Muslim Scholars vice-president and might not be able to help the campaign.

"Thus I believe that he should issue an official statement demanding PAS Youth to withdraw their directive to boycott the campaign.

"This will resolve the problem that should not happen in the first place," Hanipa (left) said.

Penang PAS Youth decided to boycott the campaign on grounds that PKR did not support PAS' attempt to implement hudud law in Malaysia.

However, PAS' central committee ordered Penang PAS Youth to follow the directive.

It did so through statements by deputy president Mohamad Sabu, vice-president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat.

Hanipa said Penang PAS Youth was being "childish" by defying the party's central leadership.

"Penang PAS Youth should be familiar with the term walak (loyalty) and should not have a problem in understanding the instructions of the PAS central committee," he said.

'Don't be so hasty'

In a separate statement, central committee member Nasruddin Hassan cautioned against a knee jerk reaction against Penang PAS Youth.

He said there have been various disciplinary issues in PAS but all have been dealt with carefully.

"But there is swift demand that Penang PAS Youth be dragged to the disciplinary committee and action to be taken," he said.

Nasruddin said he will come to the youth's defence if action is taken against them.

"Don't be hasty in punishing your own members, when their actions was motivated by love for the congregation and to protect our leader's dignity," he said.

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