PETALING JAYA: The Opposition already has a united front, it is only PAS who is not working together with the coalition, said Amanah’s Khalid Samad (pic) in response to PAS’ call for a ceasefire among the parties.
“Well we are the ones who are together in the Pakatan Harapan coalition and PAS are the ones who are out, so its a bit odd that they are the ones who are telling us to work together against Barisan Nasional. We are already working together, they are the ones who are not,” said the Shah Alam MP.
On Wednesday, PAS’ deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man called for the Opposition to stop bickering and to focus instead on defeating their common enemies.
On whether Amanah would accept PAS’ olive branch, Khalid, who is Amanah’s communications director, said that PAS has always been welcome to join Pakatan Harapan.
“Doors for negotiation for us to work together to face a common enemy has never been closed. We have been saying that all this while. So it is odd for Tuan Ibrahim to be calling on others to train their guns on Barisan when that’s what we’ve been doing all this time. He should be addressing this to PAS,” he told The Star Online.
Khalid also advised PAS to make up their minds when calling for Opposition unity.
“We don’t want PAS to come together to face Barisan, but then suddenly come out and say BN is not the enemy, but Amanah and DAP are the enemies.
“PAS should have a meeting, make up their minds and decide who are their friends and who their foes are. And once they have made up their minds, don’t U-turn,” he said.
Tuan Ibrahim had said that the ongoing squabbling within the Opposition’s camp would only benefit Barisan.
He added that if an understanding could not be reached by all the Opposition parties, they risked defeat in the next general election
Amanah started as a breakaway party from PAS, and are made up of mainly “progressive” PAS members who were nearly all wiped out during the 2015 PAS muktamar.
The party, DAP and PKR make up the new Opposition coalition, Pakatan Harapan, which was formed after the breakdown of Pakatan Rakyat following a PAS-DAP spat.
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