In the midst of olive branches, ultimatums and deadlines given by opposition parties to each other in the largely stalled discussions to form a unified front, PKR has offered itself to be the ‘glue’ that will help hold them all together.
“PKR stands ready to play its role in strengthening the political coalition of progressive parties and to enhance the level of cooperation and partnership to an even higher level, in the name of fulfilling the people’s legitimate expectations,” said party deputy president Azmin Ali in a statement today.
He reasoned that only a proper consensus among the political parties, NGOs and individuals who are committed to reform, can lead to a strong opposition that will deliver the change that the people are hoping for.
“Change that will hopefully deliver the people from the present grip of an economic crisis and a breakdown of governance which is causing not only suffering but also putting our national pride and honour at stake.
“The people of Malaysia have grown accustomed to a two-party system. The people are ready for greater reform. Leaders must, therefore, have the requisite humility and willingness to unite in order to fulfil the aspirations of the people,” said Azmin in what can be seen as a dig at the fractious opposition leadership.
In this regard, Azmin welcomed DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang’s olive branch to all parties, including PAS, to topple BN.
“I regard this as a positive step towards the strengthening of the coalition of all relevant parties with the interests of the people and the nation being treated with the highest priority. “
Azmin also repeated his previous stand that PKR will continue to reach to PAS and any other parties it can, to build a unified, if not united, opposition front.
“PKR will continue discussions and negotiations with PAS, PPBM and other parties in order to bring about a better Malaysia.”
He said that that the PAS leadership has wisdom and experience, and PAS members also want a clean government and are committed to the principles of justice and of fighting corruption to save the country for our future generations.
Though he explained that for all of the divergent opposition factions to be able to work together, consensus through discussion and complex negotiation is needed,which is where PKR can come in to buffer the various parties from butting heads needlessly.
“The future of the nation and the people is at stake. It is only through the unified strength of progressive parties working closely that we can defeat BN, even as it appears to be in the throes of death,” he said.
The Harapan plus one opposition grouping seemed to be facing an impasse as PAS has rejected outright the olive branch by DAP, and continue to be non-responsive to attempts by Bersatu to court its cooperation.
Bersatu has also said that time is running out for PAS as it is preparing to forgo the Islamic party from its proposed grand opposition alliance and gear up for three corner fights.
PKR, however, has always kept lines of communications open with PAS, though the Islamist party has made it clear that it will only work with PKR and has disavowed possibilities of cooperating in any coalition that involves DAP or its splinter Parti Amanah Rakyat (Amanah).