Rafizi says ‘feel-good’ campaign needed for GE14

rafiziSHAH ALAM: Rafizi Ramli today voiced concern that the opposition would not have enough time to come up with a “feel-good” campaign for the coming general election (GE14), following PAS’ decision to cut ties with PKR.

The PKR vice-president said there was currently “a lot of frustration about everything”.

“I don’t think we can go into an election on a negative note.

“We must turn it around by showing what we can offer as the opposition,” he told reporters outside the Shah Alam High Court this morning.

Yesterday, PAS formally announced the severing of ties with PKR, saying its policymaking body, the Syura Council, had endorsed a decision reached at the recent PAS convention to end almost two decades of cooperation with the multiracial party.

The council said PKR had breached the terms of its political cooperation with PAS by working with those who want to take down the PAS-led Kelantan government and going against PAS in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections.

The two by-elections last year saw PKR throwing its support behind candidates from Amanah, the splinter party formed by former PAS leaders following divisive party elections in 2015.

PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution, however, denied the allegation.

Saying the Islamist party’s decision to cut ties with PKR was expected, Rafizi added that it was now important to focus on creating positivity.

This must be done within three months in order to increase Pakatan Harapan’s chances in GE14, the Pandan MP said.

Although the opposition has its work cut out for it and limited time to achieve its goals, Rafizi was optimistic that the public would understand all that is happening, including the collapse of the previous coalition, Pakatan Rakyat.

“Anyone who underestimates the public’s ability to really read what is happening is making a big mistake,” he said.

The motion to end ties with PKR was put forward by 21 PAS divisions, and received support from the Youth and Ulama assemblies held late last month.

The cooperation between the two parties goes back to 1999, after the formation of Parti Keadilan Nasional, the precursor of PKR.

They had remained allies despite the fallout between PAS and DAP, the other component of Pakatan Rakyat.

Following the collapse of the coalition, PKR, DAP and Amanah formed Pakatan Harapan, which now includes PPBM as its fourth member.