KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 ― Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang will remain as PAS president after nobody else decided to contest the post ahead of the Islamist party’s muktamar, or annual congress later this month.
Another incumbent, his deputy Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, was also unopposed.
“After nomination was closed, the positions of permanent chairman, deputy permanent chairman, president and deputy president were won uncontested by the incumbents,” secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said in a statement here.
Takiyuddin himself, together with outgoing information chief Nasrudin Hassan will vie for the three vice-president positions, against the incumbents Idris Ahmad, Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, and Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad.
In addition, 40 nominees will fight for the 18 posts on the party’s working committee.
The candidates will now have until April 17 to accept their nominations.
Starting this year, PAS said each nominee requires 10 nominations to be listed as a candidate, instead of just two previously.
Abdul Hadi is currently riding on a wave of popularity after tabling his private member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 in Parliament, which aims to allow Shariah courts implement harsher punishments against Muslim offenders.
Meanwhile, Tuan Ibrahim was the chairman of the Himpunan 355 in February, which saw thousands converging in Kuala Lumpur in support of Hadi and his Bill.
PAS will kick off its 57th muktamar in Alor Setar, Kedah on April 29.