ALOR STAR: Pas should drop the whole bai’ah (oath of allegiance) concept for its candidates in the 14th General Election (GE14) if the party is confident in its own strength and members’ loyalty.
Anak Bukit assemblyman Datuk Amirudin Hamzah - who left the party for Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), said Pas should have no no need for such pledge if it believed that the support the party has was strong.
“If they believe that they are strong then Pas needs to stop asking its candidates to take the bai’ah,” he said.
The former Kuala Kedah Pas commissioner and state opposition leader said Pas should never have included a clause in the bai’ah that touches on marital matters because it had no nothing to do with politics.
“The oath involves someone’s marriage…if a person (member or leader) leaves the party, there must be a strong reason for that person to do it.
“In fact several Islamic scholars have said that any bai’ah that has divorce clause in it is void because the person’s action in leaving the party has no connection with marriage,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pas Kubang Rotan assemblyman Mohd Nasir Mustafa applauded the party’s decision since bai’ah itself has its own weakness.
However, Nasir said the bai’ah taken by Pas leaders in Kedah did not touch on any marital matter including divorce.
It was reported that Pas was expected to drop the divorce clause in its controversial bai’ah which its election candidates are required to take.
Pas ulama chief Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed was quoted as saying that the party believed its political clout had increased, hence the bai’ah would have to be streamlined, with the talak tiga divorce clause likely to be discarded.
He said the clause was included by Pas’ late spiritual leader and Kelantan menteri besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat due to the party’s “severely weakened position” in Kelantan back then.