‘Pact crumbling due to problems since GE13’
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