PAS ready to work with Barisan, but doesn’t mind going solo (27.10.15)

Hadi Awang - The Star

PAS has made its most direct overture that it is ready to meet and work with the Barisan Nasional ruling Government.

Its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (pic), however, said the move was not towards forming a unity government as cooperation between the party and the Government had previously existed.

“PAS joined a mixed Government in the 1970s to form a cooperation between 1974 and 1978.

“This is not a start but a new approach that we are taking.

“We are willing to meet the ministers concerned and the Prime Minister towards resolving issues of the people,” Abdul Hadi told reporters at Parliament lobby on Tuesday.

He also said that the Islamist party is willing to work with any party, be it DAP or PKR, as long as it is for good.

“We will work together if the cooperation is for good but not if otherwise,” he said.

Asked on his views of the newly formed Opposition pact of Pakatan Harapan between DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara, Abdul Hadi said he had no hope for an alliance with them.

He likened Parti Harapan to an express bus travelling aimlessly without a proper destination.

He added that PAS is willing to go into the polls alone if the situation dictates.

“We have always stood alone as we have the branches and grassroots which other parties can rely on,” he said.

Abdul Hadi cited the recent Bersih 4.0 rally as an example where a PAS pullout left the event lacking of Malay support.

Source: The Star

Are you an Opposition or BN-aligned party, Amanah asks PAS (27.10.15)

Amanah - The Star

PAS must clarify if it wants to remain an Opposition party or one aligned to Barisan Nasional.

Parti Amanah Negara’s communications director Khalid Samad (pic) said that while PAS had a right to choose whom it worked with, they must clearly state their political direction.

“They must state what their direction is – whether they want a change of Government or remain in the Opposition while defending Barisan,” he told reporters at a press conference in Parliament lobby on Tuesday.

He said PAS must give a clear picture of the party’s direction so voters can make a proper choice during polls.

He accused PAS of “playing both sides” to gain support from voters as an Opposition party, but ended up supporting the Government.

PKR deputy chief whip Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid said PAS was being inconsistent in the matter.

“They have been inconsistent even in the direction of their own direction,” he said.

DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke merely wished PAS “all the best” in their endeavours.

Pakatan Harapan leaders were asked to comment on PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s view that the party was willing to work with Barisan for a common good.

Source: The Star

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