PAS announces pact with Ikatan

Abdul Hadi (centre) shaking hands with Abdul Kadir marking the establishment of a pact between both parties at the media conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. — Bernama photo

Abdul Hadi (centre) shaking hands with Abdul Kadir marking the establishment of a pact between both parties at the media conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. — Bernama photo

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS yesterday announced the establishment of a new bloc with Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan) as their preparations for the 14th general election.

However, the pact has yet to be named.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said a joint secretariat would be set up between PAS and Ikatan with the top leadership of both parties to draft and discuss the agenda of cooperation.

“We do not want the opposition coalition to take extreme action and burden the people as we found that opposing in that way cannot solve problems.

“If we want to oppose, it would not be done recklessly, there should be advice with good proposal…and whatever the government has done well we will support, whatever that is not good, we will advise..that is our stand,” he told reporters after announcing the pact at PAS headquarters, here yesterday.

Also present were Ikatan president Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan as well as the top leadership of both parties.

When asked on the cooperation of PAS with Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor, Abdul Hadi said it was still going on as usual till yesterday.

He also welcomed other political parties which accept its concept of cooperation.

Meanwhile, Abdul Kadir said the new pact would strengthen a political agenda which was more open, mature and prosperous.

He also rejected allegations that Ikatan was relatively a novice trying to ride on the popularity of PAS, when PAS as the pillar party was as strong as Umno to resolve the issues of the people and country.

“We do not want to fight the government to death and do not also want to fight with Pakatan to death… we only want every problem of the people to be resolved,” he said. — Bernama

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