Pakatan Harapan component parties Amanah and DAP have expressed concern over the seemingly chummy relationship between PKR deputy president Azmin Ali and PAS.
Azmin, who is also Harapan elections director, admitted yesterday that “informal discussions” have been ongoing with the Islamist party and said he hoped to “step it up” as GE14 loomed.
Amanah elections director Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli said he hoped the coalition would be kept in the loop if formal meetings took place with PAS.
“If it involves Harapan’s interests then (everyone in) Harapan needs to be informed. But if it’s their (PKR’s) personal matter then it doesn’t matter,” he said when contacted by Malaysiakini today.
Mohd Hatta added that he had not been informed beforehand about the visit Azmin and PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail paid to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang last Saturday night.
“That was a meeting by PKR, they did not represent Harapan. He (Azmin) can meet with whoever he wants.
“(Plus,) the meeting was to visit a sick friend as the PAS president has not been well,” said the Kuala Krai MP, referring to how Hadi underwent heart surgery in May and has been under doctor’s orders to rest ever since.
Azmin previously clarified that no political discussions had occurred between them as it was “just a social visit”.
After 18 years of cooperation, PAS announced in April that it was officially cutting ties with PKR. Azmin has continued to keep the party’s door open to PAS ever since, while Umno has been hard at work to court the Islamist party.
Mohd Hatta, who is from PAS splinter party Amanah, remarked how the two parties had remained in communication despite the severing of ties.
“I read somewhere that the PAS president said although the door was closed, it had not been locked. But you will need to ask PAS what that means, if he (Hadi) was just joking,” he said.
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Meanwhile, DAP Youth has asked if these “informal discussions” with PAS were “exclusive of the rest of Harapan”.
Political tactics notwithstanding, Lee said friendly gestures towards PAS would be “counterproductive” to the coalition’s fight and advised against reaching out to them.
“I sincerely urge that Harapan does not waste time and resources in reaching out to PAS’ current leadership. I can agree that the door must be kept open, but we, Harapan, must not and should not be the ones reaching out to PAS.
“We must reach out to the members and supporters of PAS, but not its current leadership which is already in de facto coalition with Umno… they (PAS) must come to Harapan and negotiate on Harapan’s terms,” he added.