Conservative chief of PAS' Council of Islamic Scholars died
PETALING JAYA - Datuk Harun Taib, the chief of Parti Islam SeMalaysia's (PAS) Dewan Uluma, or Council of Islamic Scholars, died of heart complications at the Sultanah Nur Hazirah Hospital in Kuala Terengganu on Saturday, reported The Star newspaper.
A vocal leader of the Islamic party's conservative faction, Mr Harun was known for his attempts at steering the party away from a political alliance with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Democratic Action Party (DAP), its two partners in the opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat.
News of the former Manir assemblyman's death were confirmed by PAS information administrative officer Mohd Shahir Abu Hassan.
He said the 70-year-old leader fell unconcious on Friday and was admitted to the hospital. "He has not woken up since," the officer was quoted as saying by The Star.