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PAS reiterates it’s out of Bersih 4
Published:  Aug 25, 2015 12:17 PM
Updated: 5:54 AM

PAS reiterated its stand not to mobilise its members and supporters to attend the Bersih 4 rally on Aug 29 and 30.

This is because the Islamic party needs to prepare for its massive programme, dubbed People's Congress, on Sept 12, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan is quoted as saying by Harakah Daily today.

Party members at all levels and leaders nationwide will be involved in the congress, where the people, NGOs and political parties will discuss issues of common interest and arrive at constructive resolutions, he explained.

"The party will commit its resources and mobilise its organisation fully on Sept 12," said Takiyuddin, who is also the MP for Kota Baru.

“PAS will also hold an assembly, at which 60,000 people are expected to attend on Oct 17,” he added.

He also considers the Bersih rally, which is scheduled one-day before the Merdeka Day celebrations, as not suitable.

Further, the date of Bersih 4 clashes with the weekly 'Jelajah Munaqasyah' policy speech of PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang ( photo ) and the 'Steadfast Till Victory' rally, which is held every weekend until Oct 3, Takiyuddin said.

Struggle will continue

However, he said, the party would continue with its struggle for a democratic and fair society, in line with the aims of the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih).

Previously, Hadi had confirmed the party will not participate in the Bersih 4 rally. However he added the party would not prohibit its members from taking part.

The mammoth Bersih 4 protest is to demand for free and fair elections and a clean government. It also calls for the right to protest, the strengthening of parliamentary democracy and to save the Malaysian economy.

The rallies, to be held in three cities, will also call for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's resignation as well as institutional reforms to prevent prime ministerial corruption.

The police, on the other hand, have warned Bersih not to "overthrow the government" in its coming rally,or face the consequences.

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