(June 16): DAP's decision that Pakatan Rakyat has ceased to exist is not a sign of defeat for the party, its parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said today.
"The decision that PR has ceased to exist is not an act of defeatism but one to recognise the present reality buoyed by hope and confidence in the future," Lim said in a statement today.
The DAP central executive committee (CEC) yesterday decided that Pakatan no longer existed following PAS’s muktamar motion to cut ties with DAP.
"Malaysians must now move on as there is no time to lose on polemics, so as to rekindle the hopes of Malaysians who want change and assure them that such a possibility is still alive and relevant in the 14th general election," he said.
He said the most important factor was now the "realignment of political forces" in the country ahead of GE14.
Even if there is no Pakatan Rakyat, he said people's hopes could be rekindled with a realignment of political forces in time for the 14th general election.
Meanwhile, PAS-linked NGO Persatuan Ummah Sejahtera (PasMa) has decided to form a new political party and is proposing that a new opposition coalition be formed.
Yesterday, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also opposition leader, held out hope that the crumbling pact could be revived.
She said there was an urgent need to review the working relationship between PAS, DAP and PKR to save PR from demise.
She also called for continuous discussions and solidarity in political cooperation.
But Lim Guan Eng today said since PR was founded based on consensus among the three parties and was bound by the common policy framework, PAS's muktamar motion had effectively killed off the pact.
"DAP will work with PKR and all other forces who aspire to see the end of Umno-Barisan Nasional’s one-party rule to reshape and realign Malaysian politics with the aim of winning Putrajaya for the people," he said.
Guan Eng also said that DAP would now support Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali in "reframing" the PR-led state government. Azmin is PKR deputy president.
"The immediate effect on the Selangor state government will be DAP’s support for the leadership of Azmin to reframe the state government with a new functioning coalition based on the PR common policy and the Selangor PR 2013 general election manifesto that received an overwhelming mandate of more than 60% of the popular vote," said Guan Eng, who is also Penang chief minister.
In the Penang government, Guan Eng had already challenged PAS representatives in the state government and its agencies to resign following PAS's motion to cut ties with his party.
Two PAS leaders, Mohamad Sabu and Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, did so while the state government yesterday removed Penang PAS secretary Mohd Fadzil Kemi who was an information officer in the Chief Minister's Office. Yesterday, PAS's whip in the Penang Island City Council Mohd Nasir Yahya also tendered his resignation.
PR was formed in April 2008 following the 12th general election, after the three parties collectively won more than one-third of parliamentary seats and five state governments. – The Malaysian Insider