Azmin: Not easy to form pact with Pas

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Dif­fer­ences in ob­jec­tives and ide­ol­ogy make it dif­fi­cult for Pakatan Hara­pan and Pas to forge a pact, says PKR deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

Com­ment­ing on Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) chair­man Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad’s ex­ten­sion of a “dead­line” for the Is­lamic party to join Pakatan Hara­pan re­cently, Azmin said the op­po­si­tion par­ties should con­tinue to meet to dis­cuss ways to work to­gether for the sake of the na­tion and the peo­ple.

Azmin said Pas’ pro­posed amend­ment to the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act 1965 in Par­lia­ment was one the di­vi­sive is­sues, but it did not stop po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Se­lan­gor from co­op­er­at­ing.

“It is not go­ing to be easy but we should be able to sit down and talk in the in­ter­est of the na­tion and the peo­ple. I think that should be the pri­mary con­cern of all po­lit­i­cal par­ties,” said the Se­lan­gor men­teri be­sar.

“We do have dif­fer­ences. I am not say­ing that we have to agree on all mat­ters.

“But at least we must adopt and agree on com­mon poli­cies and a frame­work.”

Azmin said this com­mit­ment was ev­i­dent in PKR’s de­ci­sion to main­tain its pact with Pas and Dr Ma­hathir’s re­cep­tive­ness to Pas.

“We need to con­tinue to talk. We need to have con­sul­ta­tions and dis­cus­sions. That’s the po­si­tion taken by PPBM,” he said.

“PKR has made its po­si­tion clear since 2015 that we will con­tinue our work­ing re­la­tion­ship with Pas.”

Datuk Seri Azmin Ali

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