Shah Alam – Selangor Pas assemblyman Saari Sungib, who was suspended from the party for a year after signing a declaration of support for PKR’s president Datin Seri Wan Azizah during the state menteri besar conflict said he is still contemplating the decision to appeal his suspension.
“I have been asking my family for opinions on whether I should appeal for the party to reconsider their decision to suspend my membership.
“According to a letter sent to me, the party cited that it has exercised Article 82(6) of party’s constitution to suspend me for transgressing article 82 (1) of the constitution which stated a party member’s responsibility to the party, although it was not specifically mentioned what my fault was.
“I have said, previously, that my decision to sign the SD was based on safekeeping the interest of Pakatan in the state and ensuring that the coalition remains in power,” he told the New Straits Times.
Saari said that he was called by the party to meet its Secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali to present his side of the story before the letter was sent.
Another Pas assemblyman, who had signed the SD and later suspended from the party, Hasnul Baharuddin was also called.
However, both of them met Mustafa separately.
When asked whether he would reconsider his membership in the party, Saari said that he will remain a Pas member for life as his spirit is attached to the party’s values and principles.
Hasnul was unable to be contacted for comments.
The duo were given 15 days to appeal the party’s decision from the date of the letter.
They have until the end of the month to do so.
The verdict was reached during a three-hour meeting, chaired by party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and attended by its central committee members, including deputy president Mohamad Sabu and assistant secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.