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'Sinar Harian' reported PAS lawmaker Datuk Mahfuz Omar as saying that if voters were given the impression there would be no straight fights, people would lose hope in the Opposition. — TRP file pic
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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24, 2015:
PAS should discuss with the newly formed Pakatan Harapan (PH) even though the Islamist party was not part of the new Opposition coalition, Datuk Mahfuz Omar said.
The Pokok Sena lawmaker told Sinar Harian that this was to ensure some form of cooperation existed to win in the next general election.
“I hope PAS is open to this political reality. The Opposition should be united to send a message to the people that there would not be any three-cornered fight in the next general election,” the former PAS information chief was quoted as saying.
Mahfuz, the Malay daily reported, explained if voters were given the impression there would be no straight fights, people would lose hope in the Opposition.
He added that he still held out hopes for PAS to join the newly formed PH, which currently comprises DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara.
“Even though PAS is not part of the new alliance, it cannot allow for the situation to persist. Both entities must be open to a relationship. PH should call up PAS and PAS must be prepared for a round-table meeting to face our opponents together,” Sinar Harian reported him as saying
Two days ago, PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan was reported to have said the party would not be involved with PH although it would maintain political cooperation with PKR.
PH was announced on Sept 22, replacing the now defunct Pakatan Rakyat, the loose Opposition coalition that originally consisted of DAP, PAS and PKR.
PR came to an end in July following a longstanding dispute between PAS and DAP, particularly over hudud.
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