‘Pact crum­bling due to prob­lems since GE13’

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The crum­bling political pact be­tween Pas and PKR in Pe­nang is the cul­mi­na­tion of long­stand­ing prob­lems that first blew up dur­ing the 13th Gen­eral Elec­tion, Pas elec­tion di­rec­tor Datuk Mustafa Ali said.

Among the is­sues that soured the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two political par­ties were the furore over seat al­lo­ca­tion and the sub­se­quent re­moval of Pas mem­bers from lo­cal coun­cils by the DAPled state gov­ern­ment, a move which was not op­posed by PKR.

“Pas and PKR in Pe­nang had been at log­ger­heads for quite some time, where the is­sues range from seat al­lo­ca­tions to the re­moval of coun­cil mem­bers.

“What you see now is the cul­mi­na­tion of those events,” said Mustafa yes­ter­day.

P e rmatang Pauh and Bayan Baru Pas di­vi­sions had each re­cently sub­mit­ted a mo­tion to sever ties with PKR.

The mo­tions are ex­pected to be raised dur­ing Pas’s muk­ta­mar to be held in Alor Star, Kedah, at the end of next month.

On Mon­day, Per­matang Pauh Pas in­for­ma­tion chief Jam­sari Sa­mad said the de­ci­sion to sub­mit the mo­tion, which was made on Sun­day, was fi­nal.

“There will be no more changes. The mo­tion was passed dur­ing the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing and we will stick to it.

“Any fu­ture co­op­er­a­tion will de­pend on the na­tional Pas lead­er­ship.”

In Alor Star, PKR said it would ac­cept any de­ci­sion by Pas over their political co­op­er­a­tion, but re­minded the Is­lamic party to con­sider the mat­ter thor­oughly, as the two were part of the op­po­si­tion front in the state.

“Both par­ties had worked to­gether when we formed the state gov­ern­ment af­ter the 12th Gen­eral Elec­tion. What­ever de­ci­sion Pas will make is be­yond our con­trol but we (Pas and PKR in the state) have no dis­agree­ment,” Kedah PKR chair­man Dr Az­man Is­mail said.

Datuk Mustafa Ali

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