KUALA LUMPUR – June 9, 2015: PKR will go all out to prevent the ongoing conflict between DAP and PAS from destroying the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.
Party vice-president Tian Chua pledged today that PKR leaders will do their best as mediators to the quarrelling allies, despite DAP previously stating that it did not need PKR’s assistance.
“I want our allies to return to the pact’s common struggle, which far outweighs the differences,” he said.
“PKR cannot do it alone. We need PAS and DAP to show sincerity in wanting to pursue our common goals.
“We hope both parties will calm down and think rationally for the benefits of Malaysians.”
He also asked PAS and DAP to look at the bigger picture, which is the interest of the nation.
PKR central leadership council member Manivannan Gowindasamy agreed with Tian Chua that PKR should act as peacemaker.
He however declined to eleborate on how DAP and PAS could be brought to the negotiation table.
“I do not want speculate or make any assumptions as discussions are taking place… so let us wait and see,” he told The MOLE.
The spat between PAS and DAP was triggered by the Islamist party’s insistence to implement the controversial hudud law in Kelantan.
This caused the DAP leadership, headed by secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, to go on the offensive to a point of asking his party to sever ties with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang but not with PAS itself.
Following this, Hadi and his backers have been exchanging barbs with the DAP, with many from the ulama faction in PAS appearing in favour of ultimately cutting off ties with the Chinese dominated party.
The motion by the ulama council to sever ties with the DAP would have to be decided first by the PAS syura council.
However, the so-called ‘progressives’ in PAS are against the, arguing that it could adversely affect the party’s potential non-Muslim voters.
But the progressives were almost wiped out in the recent party election.
The brittle relationship between the parties was further strained when recently Lim said that all PAS lawmakers in DAP-controlled Penang who held position in the state government should prepare their resignation letters.
PKR, which is considered the lead party in Pakatan, has been in damage control mode ever since the PAS annual assembly last week.