Will PAS assembly and leadership election in November will be as calm as it is right now? Or is the scenario like a lull before a storm?
PAS election is much awaited by party members as well as observers who feel something is brewing as the ‘stillness’ is too true to believe.
The factionism between the young liberals aligned to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and veteran fundamentalists where party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is on still exists and waiting to explode.
The young liberals with people like deputy president Mohamed Sabu ( he is not young but in the group aligned to Anwar), central committee members Datuk Husam Musa, Zulkifli Ahmad and few others are not expected to ‘sit still’ and watch the leadership ‘slips’ from their palms.
They are so near to forging a very close relationship between PKR and PAS where PKR can dictate but the ‘near achievable objective and the short span of time’ before the May 5 general election has gone and passed.
Event leading to May 5 general election had split PAS as members at garssroot level as well as the party’s Ulamak Council openly opposed to several moves made by the leadership in allowing the party to ‘play second fiddle’ in the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) alliance.
Even after the general election results were out, many grassroot members and the same Ulamak Council opposed the round-the-country rally as they accepted the result while the liberals were and are still with Anwar in opposing the people’s decisions.
Observers and many grassroot members are skeptical about this as they see Husam and the liberals seemed to have something that will explode in the assembly and surprise even Abdul Hadi.
One of the many things that they think may crop up, if the resolution committee passed it, is a question on how much have the party achieved under Abdul Hadi.
Words have it that a resolution on the subject may crop up as the liberals try to pin down Abdul Hadi and the fundamentalists so that they can have easy access to fill their people in the leadership.
If this is successful, the party may have a totally different objectives as it toe the line of PKR which is to put Anwar as Prime Minister.
However, these are only words from grassroot members who are feeling uneasy with the stillness in the party.