SHAH ALAM: PAS delegates have chosen it's information chief Datuk Tuan IbrahimTuan Man (pic) as one of three vice-presidents after a recount of votes.
He joins two other incumbents Salahuddin Ayub and Datuk Husam Musa who won the five-way battle for the three vice-presidents posts.
Tuan Ibrahim who is part of the Ulama faction in the party edged out another incumbent and Pokok Sena MP Datuk Mahfuz Omar following Friday's voting.
The results were supposed to be released Saturday, but was delayed following a recount because the difference in votes was very close.
The highest number of votes in the race went to Salahuddin Ayub who garnered 917 votes, followed by Tuan Ibrahim with 847 votes and Husam with 520 votes.
Mahfuz secured 504 votes while another candidate Datuk Abu Bakar Chik got 364 votes.
When met by reporters later, Mahfuz took it with a stride and said that the decision made by the delegates should be respected.
“This is what the delegates have chosen and should be respected by everyone, including the candidates.
“I have contested the position three times before and I lost,” said Mahfuz, who was his usual self.
He also said that it would not be right for him to pin the blame on two other candidates who joined the fray, which eventually cost him the position.
“If that is the case, no one would have got a chance to contest in any position,” he said.
He also denied suggestions that the recount caused his loss, saying that losing and winning was part of the election.
“Mahfuz has always contributed his views and decisions in party meetings,” he said, trembling.
He then went on to hug Mahfuz after finishing his winding-up speech on the last day of PAS’ 59th Muktamar here Sunday.
Meanwhile, newly-elected Tuan Ibrahim said he was “sad” with his victory as Mahfuz lost his vice-president post.
“He will still shine no matter where he is. There’s no such thing as losing and winning in the party. It is all about gaining a victory for Islam,” he said.
Mahfuz was first elected as a vice-president in 2009 and defended his position in 2011 party election.