MP: PH should clarify Anwar’s stand on PAS with PKR leadership

william-leong2PETALING JAYA: PKR Selayang MP William Leong Jee Ken wants the Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council to clarify with PKR’s leadership on Anwar Ibrahim’s stand in negotiations with PAS.

Leong said there seemed to be conflicting views between PH and PKR on cooperation with PAS.

“PH’s presidential council said they would not cooperate with PAS. And you have Anwar who said PKR will continue to have discussions with PAS,” he told reporters at his Selayang office here today.

Anwar, PKR’s de facto leader, issued a statement recently that he was open to the idea of holding a special congress to discuss the party’s cooperation with PAS in the 14th general election (GE14).

Leong reminded both PH and PKR to listen to the grassroots before making their decision on working with PAS.

He said messages conveyed through the media by the grassroots members showed their disagreement on continuing talks with the Islamist party.

“At the end of the day, it would be the party members who would decide come election day.

“It’s better that both PH and PKR know it today than to be disappointed on election day. When people show they are disappointed with what is happening, either they vote against us or they don’t even come out to vote,” he said.

Leong did not reject the idea of a special congress to discuss the issue but suggested the party would have little time to organise it.

“In a perfect world, it would be good to hold a special congress on this. But we may be short on time because we do not know when GE14 will be held,” he said.

Leong last month resigned from the party’s political bureau, citing disappointment with the party’s continued engagement with PAS and also announced he would not seek re-election.

He said he would not change his mind about not contesting in the coming polls but he would remain a PKR member.

“We are talking about saving Malaysia. Of course, it is important to listen to the grassroots. But then to save Malaysia, PKR cannot do it alone, you have to listen to PH, and you have to listen to the people too,” added Leong.