Is opposition shaping new bloc with PAS, no DAP?


PAS, PKR, PPBM and Ikatan make a full house, rivalling Pakatan Harapan.

(FMT) – Are PAS, PKR, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan) forming a political alliance separate from Pakatan Harapan?

Last night, in PAS’ stronghold of Kelantan, some 2,000 people attended a ceramah, which saw leaders of the four parties share a stage.

The four opposition parties’ coming together for a series of mega-ceramahs is painting a picture that a new alliance may be on the cards.

It began in October, when PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin shared a stage with PAS’ top leadership in Terengganu in a mega-ceramah.

This continued when a similar programme was held in Selangor through a Ceramah Mega Rakyat, attended by thousands of PAS, PKR, PPBM and Ikatan supporters to witness their leaders speaking together.

Once again, Muhyiddin was present, alongside PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and PKR central leadership council member, R Sivarasa.

The presence of a top PKR leader had been hotly anticipated, after PAS said the joint-ceramah with PKR and PPBM was a step towards the formation of a separate political bloc, which excluded PAS’ adversaries DAP and Amanah.

Then Selangor PAS secretary Khairuddin Othman said the party was seeking to form such a bloc, at least in Selangor.

At last night’s Kelantan ceramah, which saw the four parties share a stage, present were PAS vice-president Nik Mohd Amar Abdullah, PKR vice-president Tian Chua, PKR Youth deputy chief Afif Bahardin, Kelantan PAS youth chief Ahmad Fadli Shaari, PPBM youth’s Deen Qassim and a member of Ikatan’s supreme council.

At the same time, in Kedah, PAS and PPBM joined forces through an assembly called Himpunan Derita Rakyat Kedah 2.0 (HDRK) in Sungai Petani. Present at the assembly were PPBM deputy president and former Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir alongside Kedah PAS’ top guns.