PAS holding key meeting in Najib's home state

BN candidate Zakaria Hanafi (centre) celebrating his win in a by-election earlier this year with fellow opposition party members including Najib Razak (behind him). PHOTO: BERNAMA
BN candidate Zakaria Hanafi (centre) celebrating his win in a by-election earlier this year with fellow opposition party members including Najib Razak (behind him). PHOTO: BERNAMA

Islamist party said to be eyeing joint rule with Umno in Pahang and other states

Malaysia's Islamist party is holding its annual assembly for the first time in Pahang, the home state of former prime minister Najib Razak, in what is seen as part of its lofty ambition to control the state jointly with its new partner, Umno, at the next polls.

Next month's muktamar (assembly) of Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), which claims to have one million members, will also see a closely watched biennial party election, amid the hot issues of its pact with Umno and an internal corruption scandal.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2019, with the headline 'PAS holding key meeting in Najib's home state'. Print Edition | Subscribe