PAS No 2 downplays ‘tension’ with Bersatu in Selangor

PETALING JAYA: PAS has downplayed reports of rising tension between the Islamic party and its Perikatan Nasional (PN) ally, Bersatu, in Selangor, said to have stemmed from dissatisfaction over the distribution of divisional posts.

Its deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man described it as a small issue which could be resolved.

He said the leadership of the two parties, including at the state level, were constantly negotiating and discussing any problems that arose.

“We would normally raise it at the PN presidential council and resolve it there,” he said at a press conference this evening.

Earlier today a source told FMT that the Selangor PAS leaders were unhappy with the distribution of the PN division chiefs’ posts, which covers the 22 parliamentary constituencies in Selangor.

The source said that the initial agreement was that nine posts would be equally set aside for PAS and Bersatu, while the remaining four would go to Gerakan.

“This was suddenly changed to 10 for Bersatu, eight for PAS, and four for Gerakan,” the source said, adding that PAS did not agree with the new allocation.

The source said this had prompted several divisional PAS leaders to boycott a PN event tonight.

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