PAS rules out joining Pakatan Harapan

PAS rules out joining Pakatan Harapan

PETALING JAYA: The PAS leadership has rejected the offer by PKR Deputy President Mohamed Azmin Ali to join Pakatan Harapan to be partners with DAP and Amanah.

PAS Deputy President Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said their rejection of PKR’s offer was in line with the decision made previously at the PAS Muktamar.

“It is not possible for us to join DAP and Amanah. We cannot back that decision.

“We’ll only maintain our current good relationship and cooperation with PKR,” he told FMT.

Azmin had previously expressed his hope that PAS and Amanah could move together with PKR and DAP to face the 14th General Election as a team.

This came after the setbacks faced by PKR, DAP and Amanah in the Sarawak state election, which also saw a spat between PKR and DAP over a number of seats.

Tuan Ibrahim said PAS was more interested in PKR joining the third force that the Islamic party had formed with Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan).

This, he said, was more rational considering that the Sarawak state election had shown the voters’ rejection of DAP.

“We welcome PKR to join the third force. I think that the Sarawak state election results show the need for a third force,” Tuan Ibrahim said.

DAP only won seven out of the 31 seats contested in the Sarawak state election, losing in its previously held strongholds.

PKR managed to retain its three seats, while both PAS and Amanah failed to secure any seats.