Opposition youth wings announce preparation for upcoming elections sans Pas


SHAH ALAM: The youth wings of Selangor Pakatan Harapan and Selangor Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia have started gearing up preparations to face the 14th general election, leaving behind Selangor Pas Youth.

Selangor Amanah Youth chief Abbas Salimmi Azmi said Selangor Pakatan Harapan cannot possibly wait for Selangor Pas Youth to jump on the bandwagon as its top leadership have yet to indicate its willingness to join the pact.

Salimmi said as of today, Pas was not a component of Pakatan Harapan and it was only right if an invitation to a press conference to announce the preparations for the general election was not extended to the Islamist party.

"Pas has nothing to do with Pakatan Harapan as of today as they have yet to ink any agreement with pact. So we are focusing on the existing component parties within Pakatan Harapan. We cannot wait for Pas and we need to start our work now and move forward in our fight against Barisan Nasional in the next general election.

"On whether we would ask Pas to join us, well, anything can happen. We cannot tell the future but that is the work of the Pakatan Harapan top leadership. If Pas chooses to be with the people, they would be with Pakatan Harapan. But if they choose to be with Barisan Nasional, we will fight them all the way," said Salimmi.

Salimmi said this during a press conference which was attended by Selangor PKR youth chief Afzainizam Rahman, Selangor DAP Youth chief Tee Hoong Keat as well as Selangor PPBM Youth chief Adhif Syan Abdullah.

Apart from voters' registration drives, Salimmi said the preparations will include dialogues with youths featuring leaders from their respective parties as well as campaigns that revolve around breaking down narrow-minded race-based politics.

Asked on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who had said that there was a possibility that Barisan Nasional and Pas could work together in the next general election, Afzainizam said PKR would to take the lead in binding the opposition bloc together.

"Discussions must continue as it is our mission to see straight fights against Barisan Nasional," he said.