Pas: Further action if demands not met (NST)

NST – 12 Nov 2007
KUALA LUMPUR: Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said yesterday the party would “proceed with appropriate action” if its demand for changes to the electoral system was not met.

Although the veteran opposition leader refused to elaborate on what the action might be, he conceded that the party would not go so far as to boycott the next general election.
“The rally (on Saturday) is a good start in making the rakyat aware of their rights. We walked peacefully and I am happy the representative from Istana Negara accepted our memorandum,” he said.
Pas members believe they have the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on their side regarding Saturday’s demonstration.
Party central working committee member Anuar Tahir said, with the king accepting the memorandum, it indirectly meant that the Malay rulers, especially the king himself, were sensitive to the plea for “fair and clean elections”.
“With the king accepting our memorandum, it signals that the royals are not happy with what is happening with this democracy,” he claimed.
The party also slammed the police for their alleged heavy-handedness.
“It is the actions of the police (in setting up roadblocks) that caused traffic jams. We had people coming from Mersing to Kuala Lumpur who had to pass through five roadblocks just to get into the city,” Pas vice-president Mohamad Sa- bu said.
He also claimed police acted beyond the confines of their duties by confiscating yellow shirts (which were worn at the protest as a sign of solidarity) and rerouting buses that were coming into the city.