Kita open to new alliances, says Zaid

(The Star) – Parti Kesejahteraan Tanah Air (Kita) is open to forging alliances with any of the existing coalitions that share its aspirations, its president Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said.

However, he said, Kita would remain an independent party.

Zaid said an independent party was crucial to break the possibility of a hung parliament as experienced by Britain and Australia last year.

“Therefore, the concerns that the mushrooming of smaller independent parties would only dilute the strength of the opposition are unfounded.

“The opposition coalition in Malaysia needs to expand on its grouping if it wants to take on Barisan Nasional.

“At this juncture, Pakatan Rakyat, which only has three component parties, is only dreaming if it thinks it can take on Barisan that has 13 coalition partners,” he said.

“Pakatan must face the fact about its limited capacity and therefore should not shut its doors to potential allies.

“Those who oppose the setting up of new parties do not understand the role small independent parties can play in either helping form a simple majority government, or strengthening the opposition front,” he said.

Kita is now preparing road shows to garner support.

“We want to deliver a message to the people that we can help form the government or help strengthen the opposition, de­­pending on the election results,” he said.