Azmin: Not easy to form pact with Pas
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