Muafakat head: Anwar wanted Nasharudin sacked
KUALA LUMPUR: Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (Muafakat) president Ismail Mina claimed yesterday that there had been an attempt by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to persuade Pas to sack its deputy president, Nasharudin Mat Isa.
Ismail said the de facto PKR leader had met and told Pas spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat on Aug 31 that Nasharudin should be expelled from the party.
"Anwar has to do that because he wants to control Pas."
Ismail further claimed that Anwar held a grudge against Nasharudin who had been vocal in speaking out against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
"Anwar had said in a British Broadcasting Corporation interview that Malaysia's anti-homosexuality laws were archaic and needed to be reviewed, while Nasharudin had been so serious in fighting against LGBT," said Ismail.
He added that Anwar had no right to interfere in Pas' affairs and that the Islamist party should not be heeding Anwar's instructions. "Pas has its own leaders and hierarchy, so why should they follow what Anwar instructs them to do?"
Ismail said Pas leaders should throw their support behind Nasharudin by following in the steps of their ulama leaders such as Datuk Harun Taib and Datuk Haron Din.
Nasharudin made headlines recently when he suggested that Pas review its position in the opposition coalition in view of DAP national chairman Karpal Singh's strong objections to hudud. He was also reported to have said that Karpal was anti-Islam for rejecting the Islamic criminal law.
Ismail claimed that Nasharudin's stand on hudud and his strong views against Karpal did not sit well with Anwar and other leaders.