‘Azmin’s meet­ing with Pas lead­ers means there’s hope for ties’

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The meet­ing be­tween Se­lan­gor Menteri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and state Pas lead­ers on Fri­day is an acid test for Pas-PKR re­la­tion­ship af­ter the end of their tahal­luf siyasi (po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion).

PKR vice-pres­i­dent Sham­sul Iskan­dar Mohd Akin, in say­ing that the test was “suc­cess­ful”, said it was a sign that there was hope for co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two par­ties.

He said even though the po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two op­po­si­tion par­ties had ended of­fi­cially, there were ways for them to come to­gether against Barisan Na­sional in the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion.

“I be­lieve that where there is a will, there is a way. Yes­ter­day, the first acid test was suc­cess­ful. There was a meet­ing and dis­cus­sion (be­tween PKR and Pas).

“Although it was only at the Se­lan­gor level, it showed a sil­ver lin­ing.

“If Se­lan­gor can do it, then why not in other states?

“I be­lieve the fo- cus now is to en­gage those in Pas who are will­ing to be with us on com­mon pol­icy,” he told the New Sun­day Times yes­ter­day.

Sham­sul, who is also Bukit Katil mem­ber of par­lia­ment in Me­laka, said “taawun” (a con­cept of help­ing each other in do­ing good), brought up by newly-ap­pointed Se­lan­gor Pas com­mis­sioner Salle­hen Mukhyi dur­ing the meet­ing, also showed a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment for the par­ties’ re­la­tion­ship.

“I think that is the re­li­gious ba­sis of his ar­gu­ment, that even with the end of tahal­luf siyasi, it does not mean we can­not work to­gether for the sake of the peo­ple and bet­ter­ment of the coun­try.”

The Pas Syura Coun­cil had, on Thurs­day, de­cided to sever ties with PKR.

It came af­ter the party’s muk­ta­mar passed a mo­tion to end the tahal­luf siyasi.

Sham­sul Iskan­dar Mohd Akin

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