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Anwar ‘Puzzled’ By PAS’ Move To Cut Ties With PKR

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PETALING JAYA – Jailed PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has questioned the reasons given by PAS’ syura council to cut ties with his party, describing them as “puzzling”.

The council is the Islamist party’s highest decision-making body.

In a press statement, he said since 1998, PAS had been cooperating with PKR to fight against Umno and Barisan Nasional.

“I am still perplexed by the reasons given for the break-up, although it was a collective decision.

“It is now clear that the PAS leadership did not scrutinise the statements by PKR president and me over the RUU355 issue that we respected the rights of PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to table the Private Member’s Bill and suggested the issue to be referred to the Parliament Select Committee,” he said.

Anwar also said that PKR had done everything to maintain a political accord.

“Despite many baseless accusations hurled against us, we have never reneged on the tahaluf siyasi (political cooperation) since day one,” he said.

Anwar said the latest political development was affecting the Selangor government led by Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

“I am confident Azmin will handle the matter based on the mandate given to him,” he said.

On Thursday, the council cited PKR’s failure to support PAS’ Islamic agenda, including the RUU355 issue, as the reason to sever ties.

Other reasons were that PKR is planning to work with parties which are out to topple the Kelantan government and for going against PAS in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections. – The Star Online

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