BUKIT MERTAJAM: Former PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali has brushed off criticism that his team of 10 MPs are incapable of strengthening Muafakat Nasional (MN) during the next general elections.
The criticism was made by Johor Umno deputy chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed in response to Azmin's statement that he and the MPs were considering joining Muafakat.
Azmin said Nur Jazlan's remarks were merely his personal opinion, and that he (Azmin) was optimistic that with good intentions, their efforts to join Muafakat would be fruitful.
"That is only his view. For me, the priority is to come to a consensus and find a meeting point.
"This is because the challenges we are facing can all be solved if we practice openness to find reconciliation.
"I'm optimistic that if we have good intentions, Allah will ease our efforts," he told reporters after attending the Qurban Aidiladha 2020 programme at Yayasan An Nahdhoh here Sunday (Aug 2).
Among those present were Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin and Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mansor Othman.
Earlier Sunday, Nur Azlan had said in a statement that Azmin and his group of 10 MPs comprising former PKR parliamentarians together with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) would not strengthen Muafakat in the next general election.
Nur Jazlan told an online portal that Azmin and his team were only influential because they are currently holding ministerial positions in the current Cabinet.
Meanwhile, at a dinner in Bayan Lepas Saturday (Aug 1), Azmin said Penang would be the frontline state for Muafakat in the next general elections.
He said the coalition would work with civil society and the people here to bring about "real" change.
Later, at a press conference following the dinner, Azmin said he was sure that the people of Permatang Pauh wanted to see a change instead of being dragged into the personal affairs of Anwar and his family.
"We leave it to the people in the constituency to make a decision," he said.
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