Pakatan cannot exist without common policy framework, says Kit Siang

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  • Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: If component parties do not follow Pakatan Rakyat’s common policy framework, the coalition becomes null and void.

Speaking to reporters outside Parliament on Wednesday, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang (pic) stressed that the common policy framework is the basis for Pakatan Rakyat.

"People had high hopes for Pakatan in GE13 because of the common policy framework. And if that framework is breached and the consensus principle is violated, there is no Pakatan Rakyat left," the Gelang Patah MP said.

 Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had on Monday, urged PAS to instruct  their representatives in the Penang government to resign immediately if they wanted to cut ties with DAP.

This was after PAS approved a motion without debate by the Dewan Ulama on Saturday to severe ties with DAP but remain in Pakatan Rakyat.

Following the resolution, former PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu resigned as non-executive director of Penang water services operator PBA Holdings Bhd.

Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa also announced his immediate resignation as a board member in the Penang Islamic Foundation (YIP) and Penang Islamic and Technological College (Kitab) on Tuesday.

Last Saturday, PAS approved a motion by the Dewan Ulama to sever ties with its partner DAP, but remain in Pakatan Rakyat.

The motion, which was approved without debate, stated four resolutions, among others, to urge the party not to compromise its Islamic policies.

The Dewan Ulama, last Wednesday, unanimously approved the motion brought by newly-elected PAS central committee member Mokhtar Senik.

It was reported that the motion would be discussed by the new committee and brought to the Syura council for a final decision.

Among the sparks which triggered off the decision at the muktamar was DAP's disagreement over PAS' implementation of hudud in Kelantan.

DAP has long chastised PAS for its unilateral push for hudud, which it claims, contravenes the common policy framework. On the other hand, PAS maintains that hudud is a part of Islam, which the party is founded on.
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