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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24, 2015:

There are winds of change in the political landscape with the formation of Pakatan Harapan which brings with it much hope and promise, says former senator S. Ramakrishnan.

He said since PAS’ friendship with Umno was warming day by day, there was no need to wait for it to join the new coalition.

PAS moderates and members who opposed to this, Ramakrishnan noted, has since left the Islamist party and formed Parti Amanah Negara.

“It is futile to hope that Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang will want to join the new coalition,” he said, alluding to the PAS president.

He added that the party under Hadi has become more conservative.

“Under Hadi’s leadership, PAS has lost Trengganu and Kedah state governments. And now, without Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat, PAS may lose Kelantan too,” he said, referring to the late spiritual adviser.

Ramakrishnan pointed out that race and religious based politics had long divided the country and that Malaysians of all races were looking for an alternative to the current mess.

Pakatan Harapan, he said, should take the lead and move the country forward taking into consideration the aspirations of all Malaysians.

“The young are no more interested in the racially and religiously divided politics.”

He added that there were leaders who would try and derail any other alternative to their brand of politics.

“Umno or PAS were the choice they had all this while. Now both these parties seem to be imploding.

“Pakatan Harapan must be able to convince these voters into voting for a change.”

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