‘PKR des­per­ate for Pas help in fac­ing gen­eral elec­tion’

New Straits Times - - News / Politics -

KUALA LUMPUR: The cri­sis of con­fi­dence in Pakatan Hara­pan has be­come more ap­par­ent fol­low­ing a visit by sev­eral PKR lead­ers to Pas pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang re­cently.

The prime min­is­ter’s spe­cial of­fi­cer, Datuk Rizal Man­sor, said the visit proved that PKR was not con­fi­dent in the strength of its own al­lies, Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) and Parti Amanah Ne­gara (PAN), in de­feat­ing Barisan Na­sional in the up­com­ing 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion (GE14).

He added that the visit also proved that PKR was still crav­ing for Pas’s help in GE14.

“It (the visit) shows that PAN and PPBM that PKR is still hop­ing for Pas’s (help) in fac­ing the next gen­eral elec­tion. In other words, PKR is not con­fi­dent in PAN’s and PPBM’s strengths.

“PAN has the right to feel dis­heart­ened with PKR, who have been play­ing (games) be­hind its back. At the same time, Pas, too, has the right to feel proud that its for­mer ally is now ‘gila ta­lak’ (des­per­ate),” he said in a Face­book post­ing yes­ter­day.

On Satur­day, PKR pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail, her deputy, Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali, and PKR vice-pres­i­dent Dr Sha­harud­din Badarud­din paid a visit to Hadi, who is re­cov­er­ing from a heart valve re­place­ment surgery.

The visit sparked spec­u­la­tion that PKR was seek­ing help from Pas de­spite the fact that the Is­lamic party cut ties with PKR in April.

Rizal said PAN vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Husam Musa’s re­cent speech in Ke­lan­tan also im­plied that there was ten­sion among PKR, PAN and PPBM.

“Based on a Face­book post by aca­demi­cian Dr Ka­marul Yu­soff, the PAN leader’s (Husam) speech dur­ing the PAN con­ven­tion in Ke­lan­tan shows there is ten­sion among the three par­ties,” said Rizal.

Ka­marul, in his post, ques­tioned why Husam had to re­mind the au­di­ence about PAN’s ex­is­tence and sac­ri­fices, “aside from warn­ing PKR and PPBM to not side­line PAN”.

Pas on April 30 ended its tahaluf siyasi, or political co­op­er­a­tion, with PKR, say­ing the lat­ter could no longer be trusted as an ally.

Pas’ Syura Coun­cil had said that PKR failed to sup­port the party’s Is­lamic agenda such as the pri­vate mem­ber’s bill to en­hance the Syariah Courts.

The coun­cil had ac­cused PKR of at­tack­ing Pas and mak­ing hurt­ful ac­cu­sa­tions.

It had also ac­cused PKR of be­tray­ing Pas by work­ing with PAN, which was al­legedly try­ing to un­seat the Pas-led Ke­lan­tan govern­ment.

Datuk Rizal Man­sor

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