PKR undaunted by Pas Penang divisions' severing of ties

DAWN CHAN


SHAH ALAM: Datuk Seri Azmin Ali still sees a chance for his party to mend its relationship with Pas’ Permatang Pauh and Bayan Baru divisions after they decided to sever ties with PKR.

Yesterday, the Permatang Pauh Pas division announced that it was upset with PKR for its continued support of the DAP.

It also declared that it will take on PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to wrest the Permatang Pauh Parliamentary seat in 14th general election.

Azmin, who is PKR deputy president, said that there is still a chance for discussions between the two parties to salvage the situation, especially on defending the Permatang Pauh Parliamentary seat and to avoid multi-cornered fights in the next general election.

"My mission for the one-on-one fight (in the next general election) is still on. But how we will execute that (must be discussed between) the leadership of all parties.

"We will still continue with our discussions (with Pas). We will see what will happen in their muktamar (next month in Kedah)," said Azmin.

Azmin, who is also Selangor Menteri Besar, said this after delivering a speech at the state agencies’ monthly assembly, hosted by PKNS at Dewan Jubli Perak earlier today.

Though the Permatang Pauh and Bayan Baru Pas divisions have declared that they no longer want to continue their tahaluf siyasi with PKR, Azmin said his party will not declare the same.

"We have never cut ties with any party. But if there are parties (that want to sever their political relationship with PKR), I leave it to the wisdom of Pas and its leadership to decide.

"For PKR, we want all progressive parties to come together to make changes. And PKR's stance has never changed," added Azmin.

Azmin said the decisions made by the island's two Pas divisions will not affect the political relationship between PKR and Selangor Pas in the state government administration which he leads.

PKR's cooperation with Selangor Pas is still strong, alongside the DAP, Parti Amanah Negara and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, he added.

"Selangor Pas has come out with a statement saying that it stands firm with the state government, in state legislative assemblies, and they are also supportive of state policies in executive council meetings. So far, I do not have any problems with that and Selangor Pas has always defended the cooperation that we have in the state," said Azmin.