Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed said PAS’ Dewan Ulama was more inclined to support party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang as the new Opposition leader. — TRP file pic
SERI KEMBANGAN, Feb 22, 2015:
In citing age as a factor, PAS’ Dewan Ulama is not in favour of suggestions made by several quarters that Nurul Izzah Anwar take over as the new Opposition leader to replace her father, incarcerated Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“I heard voices suggesting that Nurul Izzah be made the new Opposition leader. This should not be, because she is still young,” said Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed, the acting PAS Dewan Ulama deputy chief.
Mahfodz added that they were more inclined to support PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to take over the post as he was more experienced and had been in the party for a long time.
“Datuk Tuan Guru (Abdul Hadi) has a lot of experience being in PAS, his ups and downs were in this party, also his experience in PAS and politics as a whole. It is more appropriate for PAS to support him,” Mahfodz said at a press conference after the Multaqa Ulama SeMalaysia’s second conference held at the Subang Jaya City Council (MPSJ) stadium in Serdang Jaya yesterday.
Anwar, who is also PKR de facto leader and Permatang Pauh member of Parliament is now serving a five-year jail sentence at the Sungai Buloh Prison after the Federal Court found him guilty of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Apart from Hadi and Nurul Izzah, other names mentioned to replace Anwar as Opposition leader are his wife and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as well as Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali. – The Rakyat Post