Anwar: Still room for talks on PAS-PKR ties

Anwar-IbrahimKUALA LUMPUR: Hopeful for a positive outcome, jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says there is still room for discussion on PAS’s position in the Selangor government despite the party’s leadership having severed its political cooperation with PKR.

“I hope we can still discuss it. We just have to wait for Azmin to return,” said Anwar, referring to Selangor Menteri Besar and PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is currently on an overseas trip.

“We have an agreement (with PAS) to discuss this in a more detailed manner,” he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur court complex here today.

The former opposition leader was asked to comment on the status of PAS’s three members who are in the state executive council despite the party’s Syura Council having decided to cut ties with PKR on May 11.

The council accused PKR of violating the terms of their conditional cooperation, failing to support the party on its Islamic agenda and working against it in the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections in June last year.

In response, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said on Tuesday that her party tried its best to protect the relationship and that the fate of the executive councillors would be decided after a joint discussion with Azmin.

The three PAS councillors are Iskandar Abdul Samad who holds the housing, building management and urban settlement portfolio; Zaidy Abdul Talib (state infrastructure, public amenities and agro-based industry); and Yunus Hairi (Islamic Affairs).

In contrast to PAS’s stance for the three to stay put, PKR has ordered all its political appointees in the PAS-led Kelantan state government to resign immediately.

Anwar was at the High Court this afternoon for his RM100 million defamation suit against Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He filed the suit following Khairy’s “main belakang” (play at the back) remark at a political ceramah in Lembah Pantai on Feb 19, 2008. Anwar claimed the phrase meant that he was a homosexual.

Among those present to support Anwar were Wan Azizah, Klang MP Charles Santiago, former Umno leader Khairuddin Abu Hassan, and poet A Samad Said.

The case was however postponed to June 2.



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