‘PAS NOT BEHOLDEN TO DR M’

Party not bound by con­di­tions or dead­lines set by out­siders, says Takiyud­din

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PARTI Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) chair­man Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad should not put pres­sure on Pas to form an elec­tion pact with his party.

Pas sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Takiyud­din Has­san said Pas was its own party, re­it­er­at­ing that it was not bound by the con­di­tions or dead­lines set by out­siders.

“(Dr Ma­hathir) as a vet­eran politi­cian should un­der­stand the ins and outs of a party.

“To us, we are not bound by his in­struc­tions,” he told

the New Straits

Times yes­ter­day. On Thurs­day, the for­mer prime min­is­ter ad­mit­ted that Pas pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang had re­fused to meet PPBM pres­i­dent Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin to dis­cuss a pro­posed elec­tion pact be­tween them.

He also seemed to have made a U-turn on his one-month dead­line is­sued to Pas, say­ing that the door for ne­go­ti­a­tion with the Is­lamic party would re­main open.

Takiyud­din, how­ever, said the dis­cus­sion for an elec­tion pact was made at the deputy pres­i­dent level.

“For us, it is Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and for PPBM, their deputy Datuk Seri Mukhriz Ma­hathir.

“It is Pas’s de­ci­sion to have meet­ings with PPBM and we de­ter­mine who should lead our team to dis­cuss (on the pact).”

He added that Dr Ma­hathir “did not un­der­stand” the ap­proach un­der­taken by Pas, stress­ing that the party could dis­cuss and hold di­a­logues with any party that did not clearly con­tra­dict their ideals.

Takiyud­din also said no one could force Pas to have an agree­ment with PPBM, adding that in a po­lit­i­cal dis­cus­sion, no party should put con­di­tions onto the other.

“Not all ne­go­ti­a­tions will be fruit­ful, so we don’t un­der­stand why the need for him (Dr Ma­hathir) to put pres­sure on us,” he said.

Asked whether there were quar­ters in Pas who wanted to work with PPBM, Takiyud­din said: “The mat­ter does not arise.”

Hadi had made it clear that Pas would not work with PPBM or any party that had ties with DAP.

He had said a po­lit­i­cal pact with PPBM and other op­po­si­tion par­ties could only work without the in­volve­ment of DAP.

Pas and PPBM had hosted a closed-door meet­ing on Feb 1, in­volv­ing lead­ers of both par­ties.

PPBM was rep­re­sented by Mukhriz and Pas by deputy pres­i­dent Tuan Ibrahim and vi­cepres­i­dent Idris Ah­mad.

Af­ter the meet­ing, the two par­ties of­fi­cially formed a joint com­mit­tee tasked with fram­ing an out­line for po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Pas and PPBM ahead of the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Not all ne­go­ti­a­tions will be fruit­ful, so we don’t un­der­stand why the need for him (Dr Ma­hathir) to put pres­sure on us. DATUK TAKIYUD­DIN HAS­SAN

Pas sec­re­tary-gen­eral

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