DAP invited to rejoin pact


  • Nation
  • Monday, 13 Jan 2003

KOTA BARU: PAS invited the DAP yesterday to rejoin the opposition pact to challenge the Barisan Nasional in the next general election. 

Its acting president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, said PAS anticipated the general election would be held this year. 

“We want to face Barisan in a one-to-one fight,” he told reporters after chairing the PAS national committee meeting here. 

He said the opposition parties, through the pact, would have a common election manifesto at national level. 

“A high-powered meeting of the opposition will be held at the end of the month,” he said. 

Hadi, who is also Terengganu Mentri Besar, said the meeting would discuss the allocation of seats and election strategies. 

Asked why PAS still wanted to invite DAP, he said PAS was adopting an open attitude, and it was up to DAP to accept or reject the invitation. 

“We all have pride. We have similar policies. We know what we can agree and disagree on,” he said. 

On DAP’s objection to the Islamic state, he said it was DAP’s right. 

“Actually, we can work together on many things,” he said. 

He said that PAS’ willingness to work with other opposition parties showed it was not only fighting for its own interests but to increase the chances of victory for the opposition. 

Hadi said that PAS would hold information sessions on various issues including religious schools and the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English to kick off its preparations for the general election. 

He said the people should not underestimate PAS’ ability to govern as proven in Kelantan and Terengganu. 

Hadi said that PAS would field newcomers in the general election and would consider women as candidates if there were requests. 

“There is no problem in fielding female candidates,” he said. 

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