KUALA LUMPUR: PAS has always been receptive to cooperating with other Opposition parties and ensuring straight fights with BN, granted they do not interfere with the Islamist party’s internal affairs.
In stating so, PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang stressed that the party had never “closed the door” to such possibilities.
“But when you enter, don’t disturb the house,” the Marang lawmaker told reporters at the Dewan Rakyat lobby, alluding to DAP.
He was asked to comment on PAS Spiritual Adviser Hashim Jasin’s statement yesterday that the party was open to negotiations with other Opposition parties to fight the ruling coalition in the 14th General Election.
DAP and PAS had severed political ties last year following their long-standing spat over implementing hudud in Kelantan.
Hadi’s statement today however offers some hope that Opposition parties can set aside their differences.
Last month, Hashim had stressed that the party would never cooperate with DAP again.
He had regarded the PAS-DAP split as beyond reconciliation because DAP had reneged on its agreement to cooperate with Hadi.
He was also reported to have said last month that PAS was determined to fight DAP head-to-head in GE14 even if this meant creating three-cornered fights or losing to its bitter rival.
Hashim also went on to declare that PAS would reject outright any proposal by Pakatan Harapan for PAS to join a greater Opposition coalition to fight BN if that pact included DAP, its former Pakatan Rakyat partner.
Meanwhile, Pakatan Harapan leader Wan Azizah Wan Ismail emphasised that it is absolutely imperative for all Opposition parties to come together for the sake of the people.
“We have to be together. It’s for the people,” she told reporters when met outside the Dewan Rakyat.
Responding to Hadi’s willingness to work together with Pakatan Harapan, she said that it came in the nick of time as the upcoming general election is just around the corner.
“It’s a fair comment that we should be able to work with each other because we want to change the current government.
“It’s our nation and it’s about the country’s future.”