PAS launching third political bloc?

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 06 Aug 2017

PETALING JAYA: While a PAS vice-president said the party will launch the country’s third political bloc next month, its secretary-general and the president of another component party had differing statements.

Idris Ahmad, the vice-president of the Islamist party, reportedly told a news portal that Gagasan Sejahtera would be officially launched in September.

When contacted by The Star, Idris said via WhatsApp that the event would focus on the addition of new parties into the coalition.

But he declined to reveal what the parties were.

Meanwhile, PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the third bloc had already been formed and next month’s function was to launch its national election machinery for the upcoming general election instead.

Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, the president of component party Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan), said Gagasan was launched almost a year ago.

“Maybe they are launching a certain programme or maybe there are new non-governmental organisations or other parties joining us.

“The door is always open for political parties to join us,” he said, adding that there were only two parties in Gagasan currently, PAS and Ikatan.

Abdul Kadir also said candidates for the general election would not be contesting under the Gagasan flag as it was not registered.

He said they would “wait until the end” to think about that.

“Right now we are concerned about the various issues faced by the people and how to engage the Government so that we can forward our views and see how the issues can be solved,” he said.

Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM), which is expected to join Gagasan, said there was no confirmation on the matter yet.

“We have yet to finalise it on our side but nevertheless, we are friends.

“I have attended a few PAS functions. So far, we are communicating,” its deputy president Datuk Huan Cheng Guan said.

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