KUALA LUMPUR: Pas Kelantan may drop its controversial divorce clause as part of the party's bai'ah pledge (oath of allegiance) requirement for its candidates in the 14th General Election (GE14).
This follows on the heels of the party's Syura Council not having received any such applications from any states regarding the matter as of now.
The possibility was further fueled when Pas representatives from Kelantan did not raise the issue at the party's Syura Council meeting in Bangi on Feb 24.
Pas deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said Kelantan Pas had not made any such applications from the Syura Council for GE14.
He said that the matter would had been discussed and finalised at the Syura Council level if there were any such applications.
He said that Kelantan Pas was the only one out of 14 states that practiced the bai'ah divorce clause due to the then risk of the state government being toppled by party members crossing to another party.
"Hopefully it would be like that (on not needing for the divorce clause in the bai'ah pledge). If there is an application, we would discuss and decide on it.
"None," he replied when asked on whether any Kelantan Pas representatives had raised the issue during the Pas Syura Council meeting at Bangi.
He was speaking during a press conference here following him attending the party's monthly central committee meeting here today.
Earlier today, the meeting was chaired by Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
However, he was not present at the press conference.
On Feb 24, the Syura Council had directed for the bai'ah pledge to be finalised for all party candidates for GE14.
The party Syura Council's secretary Datuk Datuk Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh was reported to had said that any addition to the bai'ah pledge - including the divorce clause - would need to be looked into first before it is allowed.
On Feb 10, BH Online reported Pas Ulama chief Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed as saying that the party is expected to drop the divorce clause from bai'ah pledge for GE14 candidates.
He said this is due to the strong loyalty of members and the party's strength.
Today, Tuan Ibrahim said that the divorce clause in the bai'ah pledge was a mechanism to deter the party's elected representatives from ditching the party and betraying their voters.