PAS and Perkasa find common cause

PAS and Perkasa met officially for the first time on Tuesday

PAS and Perkasa met officially for the first time on Tuesday

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS and Perkasa seem to have mended fences over political differences, meeting officially for the first time on Tuesday.   

"PAS is open to everyone. Including NGOs and Perkasa. This is a good development. We have discussed many issues. We agreed on the three issues. There are other matters that we have discussed and we will come up with a statement on that soon.

"For the sake of the nation and people, we will be with Perkasa to fight for the common interests that we have," PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan told reporters on Tuesday.

Takiyuddin also said that both groups have agreed on a two-way relationship to discuss issues related to the county but stressed that they will not form a political coalition because Perkasa is an NGO while PAS is a political party.

'We will arrange programs and activities and we will invite Perkasa to come. If Perkasa organises any activities, we will receive invitations from them," he said.

He also jokingly said that Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali, who was a PAS member before might rejoin the party to which Ibrahim retorted, "Belum lagi (Not yet)".

Ibrahim stressed that Perkasa is an NGO and will come forward if there are any issues that affects the county.

"I want to say that we are a real independent NGO."

Ibrahim also said that he has buried the hatchet with PAS.

"We had a frank, very open and friendly discussion. Our feud has ended. We are now zero-zero."

PAS and Perkasa had a joint press conference at the party's headquarters after the Perkasa leadership had an official meeting with PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang on local issues affecting the country.

Thirty-four Perkasa members including Ibrahim Ali had a two-hour discussion with Abdul Hadi, Takiyuddin and Datuk Mustafa Ali.

PAS and Perkasa agreed on three issues and announced it during the press conference.

Abdul Hadi who read the statement said both groups agreed that the police should release former Umno Batu Kawan Division Chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer Matthias Chang from the Security Offences (Special Measures) Sosma 2012 act immediately.

They also supported the Malay Rulers Council call for the government to immediately investigate the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue and the RM2.6bil donation.

They also urged the Malay Rulers Council to push the government to form a Royal Commission Inquiry on 1MDB and the donation immediately.

PAS and Perkasa also urged the government to be transparent on the TPPA issue as they claimed that the people are confused with the contradicting statements made by the government leaders on the issue.