Co­op­er­a­tion over but some stay as friends at state level

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KUALA TERENG­GANU: Tereng­ganu PKR chair­man Azan Ismail said the move by Pas to sever tahaluf siyasi (po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion) with the party was ex­pected.

The Bandar assem­bly­man said the Is­lamic party’s de­ci­sion had re­vealed that its goal was to split the op­po­si­tion pact in­stead of unit­ing to chal­lenge Barisan Na­sional in the next gen­eral elec­tion.

Azan said there was no need to shed tears over the in­ci­dent, adding that there had not been any good co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Pas and other op­po­si­tion par­ties in the past, par­tic­u­larly in Tereng­ganu.

On the rea­sons given by Pas in sev­er­ing ties with PKR, Azan said it was ab­surd for Pas to al­lege that PKR was work­ing with other op­po­si­tion par­ties to top­ple the Ke­lan­tan gov­ern­ment, and at­tack Pas in the Sun­gai Be­sar and Kuala Kangsar by-elec­tions.

In Ipoh, a gag or­der was is­sued to re­frain PKR lead­ers here from com­ment­ing on the is­sue.

PKR Youth Bri­gade vice-pres­i­dent Tan Kar Hing said an of­fi­cial state­ment would be made by state PKR chair­man Prof Dr Mohd Nur Manuty.

In Shah Alam, newly ap­pointed Se­lan­gor Pas Com­mis­sioner Salle­hen Mukhyi said it re­spected the de­ci­sion by the party’s Syura Coun­cil.

“As such, Se­lan­gor Pas will no longer be in­volved in any co­op­er­a­tion and po­lit­i­cal meet­ings with PKR and in­stead, will en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in the Ga­gasan Se­jahtera (po­lit­i­cal coali­tion com­pris­ing Pas and Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia), specif­i­cally to face the up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion.”

How­ever, he said, it would re­main as a com­po­nent mem­ber of the Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment un­til the end of the term.

In Kan­gar, Perlis Pas Com­mis­sioner Mohd Shukri Ramli said al­though the p olit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Pas and PKR was sev­ered, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the mem­bers of the two par­ties re­mained in­tact.

The Sanglang assem­bly­man, who is the sole Pas rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the state assem­bly, said he would con­tinue to be friends with PKR mem­bers, in­clud­ing Chan Ming Kai, who is the only PKR assem­bly­man in the state.

Chan, who is the In­dera Kayan­gan assem­bly­man, said af­ter the de­ci­sion made by Pas, there was only per­sonal friend­ship be­tween him and Shukri.

He said re­la­tion­ship be­tween par­ties should be de­fined by the party top lead­er­ship and not at the state level, al­though in Perlis, there was no con­fronta­tion nor co­op­er­a­tion.

In Kuch­ing, Sarawak Pas Youth said the party was pre­pared to go it alone in the next gen­eral elec­tion. Its chief, Mo­ham­mad Ari­firi­azul Paijo, told the New Straits Times it sup­ported the de­ci­sion made by the Syura coun­cil.

Azan Ismail

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