‘Pakatan Hara­pan won’t win’

New Straits Times - - News/Politics -

KOTA BARU: Pakatan Hara­pan has no chance of win­ning the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion (GE14) as there is no in­di­ca­tion that the loose op­po­si­tion pact will emerge vic­to­ri­ous.

On the heels of claims by Parti Amanah Ne­gara that the pact would wrest Ke­lan­tan from Pas, the Is­lamic party’s deputy spir­i­tual leader, Datuk Ah­mad Yaakob, said such an out­look had yet to be backed up by facts and num­bers.

“In­syaAl­lah, Pas will per­form bet­ter than them,” Ah­mad said af­ter hand­ing ap­point­ment letters to mu­nic­i­pal and district coun­cil mem­bers here yes­ter­day.

Ah­mad, who is also Ke­lan­tan menteri be­sar, was com­ment­ing on the pact’s chances in GE14 and whether Pas would es­tab­lish ties with the bloc should it win the elec­tion.

On Pas’s re­la­tion­ship with Umno in Ke­lan­tan, Ah­mad said both had al­ways been tra­di­tional en­e­mies at the polls.

He said Pas would re­main with its coali­tion, Ga­gasan Se­jahtera, in the elec­tion.

“We will be ready for any pos­si­bil­ity in the elec­tion.

“How­ever, we are ready to ac­com­mo­date them in govern­ment-to­gov­ern­ment mat­ters, for the sake of the peo­ple. In pol­i­tics, ev­ery­thing will be as usual.”

Ah­mad said even if there were three-cor­nered fights in­volv­ing Barisan Na­sional, Pas and other op­po­si­tion par­ties, the mat­ter should be viewed in a demo­cratic vein.

“We can’t force any party to re­frain from con­test­ing.

“We choose to re­spect their po­si­tion and de­ci­sion.”

Ah­mad said ar­rears in col­lec­tion of as­sess­ment (cukai pintu) at RM51.12 mil­lion in the state un­til De­cem­ber last year, had af­fected the im­ple­men­ta­tion of pub­lic ser­vices.

He said district and mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils had been in­structed to look into col­lect­ing the ar­rears.

Datuk Ah­mad Yaakob

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