Hornbill Unleashed

October 2, 2016

Pakatan Harapan secretary welcomes PAS leader’s openness to dialogue

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Pakatan Harapan chief secretary Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah welcomes the PAS statement about being open for dialogue with PKR and PPBM. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Pakatan Harapan chief secretary Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah welcomed today PAS leader Datuk Mustafa Ali’s statement that his party is willing to have discussions with PKR and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).

Saifuddin also highlighted the PAS election director’s affirmation at a PAS-organised event in Kemaman, Terengganu last night that the Islamist Opposition party would not ally with Umno in the next general election.

“I consider this to be a positive development towards building a stronger opposition coalition to allow for ‘one-on-one’ fights between the opposition against BN (Barisan Nasional) in GE14,” Saifuddin said in a statement.

“I’m confident that this is what is desired by the people who have already rejected BN. The people want the opposition to work as a large and strong coalition,” added the PKR leader.

News portal Malaysiakini reported Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) deputy president Salahuddin Ayub as saying in a speech at the Federal Territories Amanah first anniversary celebration last night that all Opposition parties should unite against BN in the 14th general election.

“Any party that does not want to be with the opposition, is sending a clear message to the rakyat that it is with Umno,” he was quoted saying.

PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who also spoke at the Kemaman event, urged PAS to sit down with other Opposition parties in order to form a formal coalition or an electoral pact.

But PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang reportedly attacked the DAP at the Kemaman event, accusing the secular party of going against Islamic principles.

“PAS can only work together with whichever parties that want to uphold Islam,” he was quoted saying by Malay daily Sinar Harian.

PAS and the DAP remain hostile to each other since the disintegration of Pakatan Rakyat.

Two Opposition alliances have since emerged: one is Pakatan Harapan consisting of DAP, PKR and one-year-old Amanah, made up of former PAS progressive members. The other is the PAS-led Gagasan Sejahtera formed with little-known Parti Ikatan Bangsa by former minister Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir.

The Malay Mail Online

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