KUALA LUMPUR: PAS and PKR have agreed that there will be no three-cornered fights among the Islamist party, the new opposition coalition and Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general election.
In their first official meeting since the death of Pakatan Rakyat, the two parties agreed last Friday that they would ensure straight battles against BN for every seat.
PKR also offered to host a meeting between PAS and DAP to resolve the tension between the two former allies. PAS is now considering the offer.
“I personally offered to host the meeting over curry puffs, so that we can reduce the hostility between both parties,” PKR secretary-general Mohd Rafizi Ramli told The Malaysian Insider.
During the meeting, PKR was represented by its president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Mohd Rafizi and vice-presidents Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, Tian Chua and Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin.
The PAS delegation approached PKR to request that it not form an alliance with Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB), a splinter group comprising PAS professionals who lost in the recent party polls.
But PKR rejected the request, saying it is the party’s policy to be friendly with both GHB and DAP.
“We have yet to decide how we are going to prevent three-cornered fights, but we came to an agreement on the need to prevent it from happening,” said Mohd Rafizi.
A source told The Malaysian Insider that PAS insisted in the meeting that it could not work with DAP, and that it made the right choice when it cut ties with DAP in June.
It is not known whether PAS has agreed to the decisions made during the meeting, which took place a day before the PAS central committee meeting in Taman Melawar, Selangor. — The Malaysian Insider
This article first appeared in digitaledge Daily, on August 13, 2015.