KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10, 2015:

Pakatan Harapan (PH) will focus on the weaknesses surrounding Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration and ignore PAS’s criticism against the newly formalised coalition.

In a statement today, the PH secretarys’ council said it would steer clear from “political polemics” with PAS as it would only distract the people from pressing national issues such as the rising living cost.

PAS had criticised Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) and PH during its election conference in Selangor today.

“The main focus of Pakatan Harapan is to highlight the people’s welfare which is suffering as a result of policies set by the Najib administration.

Pakatan Harapan parties will not respond to criticism by fellow Opposition party, PAS, as it believes that such “political polemics” will only distract it from important national issues.

In a statement today, the secretary-generals of Pakatan’s three parties said bickering with PAS would only alienate the public and benefit Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, whose administration had been under severe pressure due to cost of living issues.

“The Pakatan Harapan secretarys’ council is aware of the statements made by PAS during its election conference in Selangor today,” said the statement, which was signed by PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli, his counterpart in Amanah, Annuar Tahir, DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke and the coalition’s chief secretary Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

It has been speculated that PAS might be contesting against Amanah, its splinter party, for parliamentary and state seats in the coming general election.

Such a possibility has not gone down well among the Opposition and its supporters as any multi-cornered contest is generally considered as favouring Barisan Nasional.

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