KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 25 : Fight best when you fight your enemies, not when you fight among yourselves.
Perhaps the above best sums up the gist of the message to PAS members as party polls loom.
PAS central committee member Husam Musa said the focus of the party should be defeating Barisan Nasional and not replacing the current leadership.
He was again responding to a recent nomination by PAS's Bukit Bintang branch, picking him to stand for the party's presidency against incumbent Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang, a move which Husam had declined.
“Whether our president is being challenged or not, we do not need to give excessive response. People may get the impression our president has problems. The truth is, there’s no problem.
"Those who want Hadi down is Barisan Nasional, not PAS,” said Husam, adding that Hadi had proven himself as a good president despite the challenges he faced in the last few years.
Husam, a former party vice president, stressed that PAS had entered what he called a ‘refreshing’ stage, in which new elements within the party will strengthen it for the next general election.
“Now, what is needed by PAS is to be refreshed again, not to have change of leadership, but through embracing transformation with new elements within the party.
"Perhaps we can get advisors from among the professionals to strengthen the party," he said.
PAS vice president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man reminded party members that the party was not a private limited company, and as such it must be organised and collectively managed.
PAS, he said, has made clear its struggle to the people and vowed to be together with Pakatan Rakyat.
Tuan Ibrahim said leaders must have foresight and able to ensure they could work together with members in an orderly manner.
“Members have their roles and responsibilities. It's like building a brick wall," said Tuan Ibrahim.