Let’s merge, PKR tells Amanah

Afif Bahardin

PKR deputy youth chief Dr Afif Bahardin says both parties share common values on multiracialism and Islam.

(FMT) – A PKR leader today has proposed a merger with PAS splinter party Amanah, saying it would lead to a stronger opposition in time for the next polls.

PKR Youth’s deputy chief Dr Afif Bahardin said both parties shared common values and subscribed to multiracialism and moderate Islam.

“This is just an idea to consider. We have strong leaders from both parties and they are very compatible with us,” Afif said today.

“Ultimately, Amanah and PKR, like other opposition parties have one desire, which is to have a Malaysia without Umno and BN.”

He said even former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad could make amends with his one-time opponent Anwar Ibrahim.

Afif’s proposal comes in the wake of disquiet among supporters of both parties, following comments by Amanah leaders at its national convention last week, as well as PKR’s participation in a joint ceramah programme with PAS.

Amanah Youth chief Sany Hamzan had suggested that the party be allowed to contest in the Batu parliamentary seat, currently held by PKR vice-president Tian Chua.

Amanah delegates had also asked Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali to expel PAS members from the state cabinet.

But Afif said Azmin could play the role of peacemaker between Pakatan Harapan and PAS.

He added that the situation was no different in Penang, and that the DAP-led state government had no problem having PAS members in the administration so long as they supported Pakatan Harapan policies.

The sole PAS assemblyman in the Penang state assembly, Mohd Salleh Man of Permatang Pasir, is considered friendly to Pakatan Harapan.

PAS leaders have repeatedly rejected cooperation with the opposition bloc, saying it could not work with DAP and Amanah.

Amanah was formed by former leaders from PAS’s “progressive” faction following the rise of conservative leaders alligned to its president Abdul Hadi Awang.