PETALING JAYA: An alliance between PAS and Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia is now to be known as Gagasan Sejahtera or Gagasan, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said today.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Hadi confirmed that the name was mutually agreed upon by the two parties at a meeting earlier this month.
“This political understanding presents a new alliance to the country’s political landscape that offers a stronger choice to the people, through a harmonious political culture for the people.”
The two parties had formerly referred to their pact as a “third force” alliance.
Hadi said that voters would no longer be stuck with making hard decisions between a corrupt political party – by which he meant the “Umno-BN bloc” – and another which gained support by sowing anger among the people.
The Umno-dominated Barisan Nasional is being challenged by the Pakatan Harapan alliance of DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah.
“The people are no longer tied to the two existing political options where one has been proven to espouse a culture of corruption, cronyism, nepotism and mismanagement which is the Umno-BN bloc and another political outfit that emphasises a political culture of emotions, excessive politicking, animosity and blind anger among the people.”
Hadi gave an assurance that the new coalition would usher in a new era of mature and harmonious politics, as Gagasan has pledged to fight for the people’s interest and truth, instead of merely creating perceptions.
“Gagasan’s objective is to bring about solutions to the people’s problem today.”
Also present were Ikatan president Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, a cabinet minister in the 1980s, and several other PAS senior leaders.