PAS endorses Pakatan’s common platform

By G. Manimaran, The Malaysian Insider

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) edged closer to a formal coalition after PAS, whose Islamic credentials have often been at odds with its partners PKR and DAP, gave the green light to the alliance’s common platform which will be tabled at this Saturday’s special convention.

The decision by PAS is seen as a major step in PR’s attempt to surmount the various obstacles surrounding the alliance of PAS, DAP and PKR.

“Yes, we agreed to accept it. This is a significant achievement. We did not accept unanimously but the PAS leadership had made a thorough study of the contents of the common platform before we approved it,” PAS central committee member Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad told The Malaysian Insider.

PR’s technical committee is expected to complete the common platform’s contents today before the alliance’s leadership council meeting tomorrow endorses the policies.

Without revealing details Dzulkefly, who is also a member of the technical committee said a few attractive measures can be expected from the common platform which will be unveiled by the end of the week.

“This will be the axis of understanding in Pakatan in facing the next general election.

“The policy touches on the supremacy of the Constitution, democracy, the economy and so on, to reflect our stand after 20 months.

“It is now time for us to be seen as being more earnest and to be more authoritative in facing the future,” he said