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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 6, 2016:

PKR vice- president Tian Chua said that the party is confident that PAS will never join or collaborate with Barisan Nasional (BN).

According to the Batu member of Parliament (MP), the party’s confidence was the reason why PKR maintained tahaluf siyasi (political cooperation) with PAS.

He explained that the existing cooperation will give the opposition party the hope to topple BN in the next general election.

“To persuade PAS in joining Pakatan Harapan (PH), PKR has always been flexible whether to be in the same line with PAS. However it is up to the consensus of two other parties.

“We can’t force PAS to maintain their relationship with DAP and Amanah and we have to respect their stance but even from the start, PKR and PAS have no issues in working together to fight against BN.

“All in all, the party leaders will discuss the methods of cooperation as PKR cannot make the sole decision.

“Despite that, PKR has always been positive in collaborating with all opposition parties, including those from Sabah, Sarawak as well as those from non-government organisations (NGOs) to ensure an inclusive party against the BN.”

Meanwhile, Amanah strategy director, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad asked PAS leaders to be firm in making decision in terms of their stand and the beliefs of the party, to avoid further confusion.

He explained that the most important aspect in Islamic politics is “Tadaafuq” (check and balance) aspect that exist in a form of competition, which happens during elections.

He said that the statement by PAS’ Syura Council did not clarify the issue, instead making it even worse and more confused than ever.

“So where does PAS stand now ? Because politics in this country is based on a multi-party system and elections which has the incumbent and the opposition.

“If PAS wants to be the referee or the line guard, then they have to stay outside of the political ring.

“But if PAS wants to be with Umno then go ahead but if they want to be with PH to topple BN then they are also welcome. That said, in politics, however, a party needs to have aspects of clarity,” he said.

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