Pakatan Harapan the only functional opposition coalition, PAS told


(MMO) – Leaders in PKR and PAS appear to be in disagreement over the extent of their respective party’s ties with one another, with some in the latter party claiming theirs is a formal cooperation under Pakatan Rakyat (PR), while some in the former insist the pact no longer exists.

PKR leaders approached by Malay Mail Online said Pakatan Harapan, which was formed recently to replace PR, is currently the only functional opposition coalition.

Their views were unsurprisingly echoed by leaders in the DAP, whose fallout with PAS earlier this year was said to be the cause of PR’s death as a coalition.

“It is clear cut that PKR is now in a formal coalition with Pakatan Harapan,” PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli told Malay Mail Online.

He explained that although PKR and PAS still maintain ties, it should not be misconstrued to mean that the two parties are part of a formal coalition.

“The coalition with DAP and Amanah in Pakatan Harapan does allow each respective party to continue to engage other political parties so long it does not violate the common policies agreed with Pakatan Harapan.

“It is in that context that PKR continues its engagement with PAS.

“There is no formal coalition that mirrors Pakatan Harapan that PKR has with PAS now,” he said.

Another senior PKR leader said that the reason why PAS is now insisting that PR was still alive was because it now realises it is without any political allies.

“PAS realises it is lonely, and now they are trying to resuscitate a dead coalition hoping that they can cement some form of political commitment from PKR.

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