Doors still open for PSM, says Anwar

As long as Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) endorses the Pakatan Rakyat common policy, it could join the opposition coalition, said Anwar Ibrahim. 

Anisah Shukry, FMT

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim confirmed today that Parti Sosialis Malaysia was welcome to join Pakatan Rakyat, on the condition that the party endorsed the opposition pact’s Common Policy platform.

This was a direct contradiction to PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution’s statement to FMT this morning that Pakatan would “never” accept PSM into its fold.

“The decision made today is to allow a committee from Pakatan Rakyat to [hold discussions] with the PSM committee,” Anwar told a press conference after a meeting with the Pakatan Rakyat leaders’ council at the PAS headquarters here.

“It’s not just a matter of joining (immediately) because joining means supporting our reform agenda, joining means endorsing our common policy platform. So as far as we are concerned, we take a positive view on this.”

The PKR de facto leader said that as long as the PSM leadership were willing to accept Pakatan’s common policy, then by “the next meeting” the opposition coalition would accept PSM as an ally.

But he was unable to confirm the date for the following meeting, saying only that it would be held “soon”, perhaps even next week.

When FMT pointed out that Saifuddin had said PSM would never become a member of Pakatan, Anwar laughed and quipped: “Don’t provoke me into fighting with Saifuddin.”

He explained that Saifuddin was merely expressing his own views, based on the fact that PSM had yet to accept Pakatan’s common policy.

“But in the meeting just now, we said we would give PSM some room, and we would look into this before any decision was made.

“Saifuddin was there and he agreed,” said Anwar.