KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24, 2015:
PAS said it was evident that the new Opposition coalition, dubbed Pakatan Harapan (PH), was rushed through and questioned as to who was making such quick decisions.
Its deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, in a statement, also said therefore the party’s decision to sit out of the round table discussion, which saw PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara in attendance, to form the new Opposition coalition a couple of days ago was a correct one.
“In the round table discussion, the media had exposed that there had been certain parties that rushed through the announcement of Pakatan Harapan as the new Opposition coalition.
“The allegations became clearer later on and it was evident when the Penang state government was later called the Pakatan Harapan led government by DAP Penang.”
States administered by the Opposition are sometimes alluded to Pakatan Rakyat (PR)-led states.
Tuan Ibrahim went on to state that a meeting between PAS and PKR at the latter’s headquarters on Sept 15 went on with no mention of the round table discussion.
“We were only told about it later and initially it was made out to look like it was a discussion about the people’s welfare. It however was a discussion about different agendas.”
He reiterated nevertheless, PAS as the biggest opposition party would not be in Pakatan Harapan because PAS would not have any political relationship with DAP or Amanah.
“PAS will still push forth our Islamic agenda and strengthen the party machinery to fight for change for the people of Malaysia and to retire Umno-BN like stated by the PAS president.”
PAS however had previously stated it would cooperate with PKR.
PH has replaced PR after the previous coalition was declared dead following a spat between PAS and DAP over hudud implementation.