KUALA LUMPUR: PAS, whose loyalty with the opposition front is suspect, will maintain the number of parliamentary seats it will contest in the general election at 73.
In making the announcement yesterday, deputy party president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said it was, however, “open to negotiation as long as the other party respects PAS’ struggles”.
“As mentioned by the party president, our door is always open for discussion, but the other party must respect what we are fighting for.
“We are committed to this principle,” he told a press conference at the party headquarters here yesterday.
Tuan Ibrahim insisted that PAS had no official political cooperation with Umno, adding that the party had a different approach to improving the position of Islam in the country.
“Our approach is not to simply attack but to offer solutions to a problem. This is something new. Maybe that is why we have been accused of working with them (Umno).
“If we keep cursing and using swear words, it will not reflect good leadership. And if we keep repeating words that are nasty in Parliament, we will be judged by the rakyat,” he added.
If the Federal Government erred in any way, Tuan Ibrahim said PAS would oppose it.
He also urged the Federal Government to expedite the tabling and debate on the proposed Political Donations and Expenditure Act.
He said a joint memorandum with Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia would be submitted to the Government on possible ways to manage political funding, including proposing a cap on political expenditure and donations during the general election.
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