Winds of change in PAS?
With the election of dynamic young professional leaders to key leadership positions within Islamic Party PAS, change is clearly in the air. Older stalwarts were replaced by a younger cohort of politicians committed to political pragmatism, including working with non-Muslims.
The dynamic new deputy party leader, Nasharudin Mat Isa, three non-ulama (religious scholar) vice-presidents and a professional dominated new executive council represent a marked shift in the party hierarchy that has become increasingly ulama governed and led.
The 2005 election has been touted as a change in the direction of the party reminiscent of the shift that began in the early 1980s that rebuilt the strength of the party as a stronger opposition alternative.