Taib’s cousin and ex-deputy minister joins PAS


PAS which has been attracting former senior civil servants lately has added another one in its folds: former deputy Education minister Salleh Jafaruddin.

Salleh submitted his registration form to PAS president Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang at the party headquarters today in a ceremony witnessed by secretary general Mustafa Ali and Sarawak PAS commissioner Adam Ahid.

Salleh, who is the cousin of the long-ruling Sarawak chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, said he decided to join PAS after contemplations and prayers.

“Following a meeting with PAS members of parliaments last week, I prayed for God’s guidance… Maybe this made me decide to join PAS,” said Salleh, 68.

The Sarawak-born once served as state assemblyman and parliamentary member and contested against Taib for the Balingian state seat during state elections last year.

Salleh, from the ethnic Melanau, hails from Oya and is son of former chief minister and state governor Abdul Rahman Yaakob. He was among the key players in what was known as the Ming Court incident in 1987 to bring down Taib.

Salleh is currently also active in Islamic works in Sarawak.

Last weekend, former Terengganu education department director Ahmad Zabidi Shamsuddin announced his entry to PAS.

This followed former other prominent new members such as Land and Cooperatives ministry’s secretary-general Dr Nik Zain Nik Yusof and former criminal investigation department chief Fauzi Shaari.



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