KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 – Barisan Jemaah Islamiah Se-Malaysia (Berjasa) wants former PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa to join the party or contest a seat on its ticket in the upcoming general election.
Its president Mohd Yusoff Haron said the party welcomed anyone who championed the cause of Islam.
“Berjasa can work with anyone who can contribute to the betterment of the country and avoid splits among Muslims,” he told reporters here today.
He said in the upcoming general election, the party would be contesting 50 parliamentary seats (in Selangor, Perak and Johor) besides 40 state seats.
The party, an offshoot of PAS, was formed in 1977 and in the 1978 election worked together with Umno to capture Kelantan but in the 1990 election joined PAS and Semangat 46 to form the Angkatan Perpaduan Umah (APU) alliance which swept into power in the state.
Meanwhile, Nasharuddin has fallen out of favour with PAS and was recently dropped as a member of its Syura Council (highest decision making body in the party) and currently remains just an ordinary member in the party. – Bernama