Thursday, September 3, 2015

Is PAS still part of Pakatan Rakyat?

Salleh Said Keruak

Anwar Ibrahim said that PAS is still part of the opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat. “The formation of a new opposition party (Parti Amanah Negara) committed to change and reform, augurs well for the mature politics of democratic accountability. Amanah will further strengthen the national opposition, together with PKR, PAS, DAP; and we will expand this cooperation to other committed non-governmental organisations which share our common objectives,” said Anwar today.

How do we comprehend Anwar’s statement? DAP has announced that Pakatan Rakyat is already dead and it no longer exists. So how can PAS still be part of a non-existent coalition?

Anwar then said that Amanah will join PKR, PAS and DAP in the opposition coalition. That is impossible. Pakatan Rakyat would have to choose between PAS and Amanah as its partner. They cannot have both at the same time. Either Anwar does not understand this or he thinks we are the ones who do not understand this.

Regarding Anwar’s statement about Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad attending the Bersih rally, it appears like Anwar is now treating Dr Mahathir as an ally. Does this mean Anwar has forgiven Dr Mahathir and is prepared to forget all those allegations he made against him?

It was Anwar who said he has six boxes of evidence against Dr Mahathir and that Dr Mahathir together with Tun Daim Zainuddin have robbed Malaysia of more than RM100 billion. Anwar also said that when Barisan Nasional is kicked out and the opposition takes over he will make sure that both Dr Mahathir and Daim are sent to jail.

Does this mean this is no longer the plan?

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