PKR remains hopeful of continued political cooperation with Pas: Dr Shaharuddin

PKR remains hopeful of continued political cooperation with Pas: Dr Shaharuddin


ARFA YUNUS


ALOR STAR: PKR is still hopeful that Pas will not end it's "tahaluf siyasi" (political cooperation) with the party despite pressure from the Islamic party's Youth and Ulama wings.


PKR vice-president Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin requested Pas to reconsider the decision by taking into account both political parties' relationship and cooperation that began since 1999.


"We (Pas and PKR) have started our 'tahaluf siyasi' since 18 years ago and we (PKR) feel that it should be maintained because this political cooperation has been the bridge between PKR and Pakatan Harapan.


"But whatever it is, we will wait for the final decision by the Syura Council," he told reporters when met at Pas' 63rd Muktamar held at Kompleks Pas Kedah here today.


Dr Shaharuddin said this when asked on motions moved by Pas Ulama and Youth wings yesterday to end ties with PKR due to criticisms made against the Islamic party's leaders.


The motions were approved without debate by the respective wings and final decision will be made by the Syura Council soon.


Should the Syura Council approved the motions, Pas will be facing a three-cornered fights against Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Harapan in the upcoming 14th General Election.


On April 13, PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli named former Pas deputy president Datuk Dr Nasharudin Mat Isa as the individual who allegedly received fund from SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1Malaysia Development Bhd's subsidiary.


PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali on the other hand had recently tweeted about "Tok Lebai", a local colloquialism that refers to someone who wears a skullcap.


His tweet was in response to claims by Pas President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang that Pas would take over Selangor in the next general election.


These comments have angered many Pas leaders and delegates present at the Muktamar to the extent that a delegate from Selangor warned Azmin that this could be his last term as the Selangor MB if he continues attacking Pas leaders.


Meanwhile yesterday, PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution said all Selangor Pas exco members should resign from their respective posts if the Islamic party decides to end its political ties with PKR.


He also said that there was no logic in Pas continuing to serve in Selangor when it is not even part of the government.


On this, Dr Shaharuddin said Saifuddin's statement was the latter's own personal view and did not represent PKR.


"We, in the political bureau had never made such decision (to ask Pas exco to resign). When Saifuddin asked Pas exco to resign, that was his own personal view.


"In politics, many things can happen. If we can't have 'tahaluf siyasi', there's always other ways to cooperate. So we'll see how things go." he added.