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KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali will meet with the Selangor Sultan to brief him on the situation within the state following the dissolution of Pakatan Rakyat.

“I was told that saudara Azmin will brief the Sultan in due course. Dalam masa terdekat (soon),” PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli said outside Parliament on Thursday.

Admitting that both the Selangor and Penang state governments cannot be set up by one party alone, Rafizi explained that PKR had considered the issue of the two state governments before releasing yesterday’s statement on the party’s position post-PR.

“In Penang, DAP has 19 seats – short of one to form a government. Because of that, we had to ensure that there was support for the Penang Chief Minister. We were informed that the Chief Minister will continue to receive that support because PKR still holds ten seats. So, with the support of PKR, there exists a mxed government (kerajaan campuran) and that is not a problem,” said the Pandan MP.

“Likewise in Selangor, we have 15 seats for PAS, 15 DAP and 13 PKR. That it why we had to ensure that even though Pakatan Rakyat is dissolved at the national level, it will not effect the support of Selangor MPs from DAP and PAS to Azmin as Mentri Besar. So stability in Penang and Selangor is not affected and the issue does not arise,” he said.

Rafizi added that PKR had contacted Selangor DAP and PAS representatived and they had confirmed their support for Azmin.

“PKR has taken a position to accept the reality and it is better to move forward and try to forge a new allience as we have secured a confirmation that the support for Azmin’s leadership in Selangor is not at all affected by the decision to dissolve PR,” he said.

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Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has closed its curtain after seven years of existence that has since change the political landscape and mindset of Malaysians which has the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) worried and on the alert all the while.

Whether the opposition pact or the ‘marriage of convenience’ is truly disintegrated or dissolved cannot be ascertain because it was formed by consensus where leaders of the three political parties – PKR de facto chief Dartuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang – agreed and signed upon before the 2008 general election.

Lim’s declaration has obviously disappointed the voters who had supported the PR in 2013 general election as the dissolution can be considered as ‘betraying the trust’ put by them on the pact.

But then again, the voters have been used to being betrayed but stubbornly still supported the pact as could be seen in Anwar’s Kajang Move in Selangor and in Permatang Pauh by-election in Penang where PKR president who is Anwar’s wife continued to command support.

With only DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng declaring the pact is officially dead, it is uncertain whether the dissolution, although unregistered, needed the consensus of the other two parties or just one is enough to make it really good and official.

At present, the only parties in the pact that cannot get along are DAP and PAS with PKR playing the ‘pillar’ or ‘glue’ to the tri-partite pact.

Whether Lim’s declaration is official or not does not seem to matter to PKR and PAS as both parties are looking at how best they can continue to work together under the fragile platform of common goal to unseat Barisan Nasional (BN) despite differences in ideologies and philosophies.

Lim seems to want to be dominant in the political co-operation which irritated PAS especially Hadi.

In fact, it is said that some PKR leaders are of the same view with PAS on the matter which affect PKR’s current party unity.

Lim had declared the dissolution because it could not work together with PAS when the Islamist party adopted the Hudud laws in Kelantan in May and is pushing two private member’s bills in Parliament for implementation in the state and upgrading Syariah Courts in accordance to the Hudud laws.

Added to Lim’s anger is that PAS had adopted without debate the party’s ulamak wing’s resolution to cut ties with DAP following Lim’s tirade against party president and interference in the party’s poll where Lim took the side of the liberals to unseat Hadi.

For PAS, adopting the resolution is not final as the matter needs to go through discussion in the syura council where a final decision would then be made and becomes a policy.

However, it is obvious that Lim’s disagreement is not shared by PKR where Wan Azizah and Anwar, who is in jail, are still having hopes the political disagreement on Hudud could be solved through discussions.

For PKR, what matters most is the hold on Selangor state where minus PAS, it will be a hung state government and Menteri Besar who is also PKR deputy president needs to call for a snap state election.

In Selangor PKR holds 12 seats with DAP 15, PAS 16 and Umno 12 with one Independent which is former Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

If PKR follows DAP in cutting ties with PAS, it does not have the numbers and it has no choice but to dissolve the state assembly which it would want to avoid by all means.

Going by the figures and the present priority, PKR is not expected to follow DAP’s decision as its’ stakes are high compared to DAP and PAS.

Penang is solely DAP’s state as with the Chinese-based party holding 19 seats, PKR 10 seats, PAS only one seat and Umno 10 seats. Looking at Penang’s figures, DAP has no qualms about abandoning the two allies in the pact.

PAS on the other hand had Kelantan solid with Umno in the mood to make any attempt to topple it.

Given the scenario, PKR may decide to continue working together with PAS and DAP and if Lim decides to cut ties with PKR, which it will not do, PKR can still govern Selangor with PAS.

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KUALA LUMPUR – Pakatan Rakyat (PR) or the Opposition Pact still exists with the cooperation between PAS and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) although the DAP has declared that the pact no longer exists.

PAS Youth head, Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz said PR was set up on the principle of cooperation and consensus between the three parties and whatever decision made must be through consensus and not made individually.

“PR is not over although one disappears. It’s the DAP that is over…we still have the PR, there are more than two parties, thus the coalition still exists, it depends on the relationship between PAS and PKR.

“We remain with the PR. The DAP decision is not to dissolve the PR…this means that he made his own decision. We did not leave the PR…If he rejects us, we have the PKR,” he said at the Parliament lobby today.

Nik Abduh, who is also the Member of Parliament for Pasir Mas, was commenting on the DAP decision today declaring that the Pakatan Rakyat, which comprises the party, PKR and PAS, no longer existed.

DAP general secretary, Lim Guan Eng said the decision which was made following the PAS General Assembly to sever ties with the DAP had ‘killed’ the pact.

The DAP central executive committee, at its meeting yesterday, reached a consensus on the dissolution of the Opposition Pact.

Nik Abduh added that the future of the PR was in the hands of the PKR to decide so that the crisis would not prolong.

Meanwhile, PKR vice-president and Pandan Member of Parliament Rafizi Ramli said he would discuss the latest development at the party’s Political Bureau weekly meeting to be held at the party’s headquarters, here tonight.

“I take note of the DAP statement on the position of the DAP and Pakatan Rakyat as signed by YAB Lim Guan Eng, the DAP general secretary just now.

“The Keadilan leadership at all levels will not issue any statement until the stand of the party on the matter had been finalised,” he said in a statement. – BERNAMA

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PETALING JAYA: DAP will continue to support PKR in the Selangor state government, says party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

After declaring that Pakatan Rakyat has ceased to exist, Lim said that DAP would support the leadership of Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali based on Pakatan’s common policy and the pact’s 2013 general election manifesto.

“The DAP will work with Parti KeADILan Rakyat and all other forces who aspire to see the end of Umno/Barisan Nasional’s one-party rule to reshape and realign Malaysian politics with the aim of winning Putrajaya for the people,” said Lim in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement was issued after the party’s CEC meeting on Monday night.

DAP and PAS have 15 seats each in the Selangor state assembly while PKR has 13 seats. Barisan Nasional has 12 seats with former Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim the sole independent representative.

The break-up of Pakatan could result in a hung state assembly.

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Penang chief minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today announced that Pakatan Rakyat has met its demise.

“The DAP central executive committee (last night) accepts the PAS muktamar’s motion to sever ties with DAP and effectively, that Pakatan ceases to exist.

“As Pakatan was formed by the three parties based on consensus and bound by the common policy framework, the PAS muktamar’s motion effectively killed off Pakatan.

“Pakatan therefore ceases to exist,” he added in a media statement.

Lim said DAP will work with PKR and other forces who aspire to see the end of Umno and BN’s one-party rule to reshape and realign Malaysian politics with the aim of winning Putrajaya for the people.

“DAP will work towards a broad based and principled new coalition that shall emerge to fill the political vacuum that can rekindle hopes of change to realise our Malaysian dream for a better future for all,”
he added.

As for the Selangor state government, he said DAP will support for the leadership of Selangor Menteri Besar Mohd Azmin Ali (photo) to re-frame the state government with a new functioning coalition.

This, he added, must be based on the common policy and the Selangor GE 2013 election manifesto that received an overwhelming mandate of more than 60% of the popular vote.

Hadi caused Pakatan paralysis

Delving into history, Lim said Pakatan was formed on April 1, 2008 as a joint response by DAP, PKR and PAS to the deep yearning for political change by Malaysian voters following the political tsunami of the 12th GE in 2008.

“With the massive support from Malaysians, the opposition won more than one-thirds of parliamentary seats and five state governments.

“The leaders of DAP, PKR and PAS agreed to form Pakatan with a set of shared principles in the hope of uniting all anti-Umno/BN forces to bring forth a new era of politics and governance of integrity, accountability and democracy in a progressive Malaysia.

“It was agreed then that decision making in Pakatan would be based on consensus and mutual trust at the leadership council.

“The coalition was not meant to be a coalition of convenience but one that is guided by ideas, principles and ideals for a new Malaysia,” he added.

However, Lim said in several major incidents over the past year, including the Selangor menteri besar crisis, decisions agreed upon by the leadership council was violated by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang (photo).

This, he added, resulted in near-paralysis of the coalition.

He said the situation was exacerbated by Hadi’s willingness to forge a unity government with Umno and his support for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak despite the 1MDB imbroglio.

“The breach of promise made personally by Hadi at the leadership council on Feb 10 to discuss the hudud laws proposed by PAS first with Pakatan partners before being tabled to the Kelantan state assembly or a private motion by Hadi in Parliament further immobilised the entire leadership council.

“This breach of promise by Hadi was followed by the momentous decision on June 6, when the PAS muktamar, the general assembly and the highest authority of the party, accepted without debate a motion to sever ties with DAP,” he added.-Malaysiakini

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition formed in 2008 after the 12th general election is now officially dead, the DAP declared today when saying the matter was decided and agreed upon by the party’s central executive committee last night.

In a statement, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng blamed Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang for the death of the coalition, saying the PAS president’s recent actions as well as the PAS Muktamar’s decision to sever ties with DAP meant PR’s Common Policy Framework (CPF) was broken.

“The DAP central executive committee accepts the PAS Muktamar’s motion severing ties with DAP and effectively, that Pakatan Rakyat ceases to exist,” Lim said.

“The DAP will work with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and all other forces who aspire to see the end of UMNO/Barisan Nasional’s one-party rule to reshape and realign Malaysian politics with the aim of winning Putrajaya for the people,” the Bagan MP added.

Lim pointed out that Hadi actions in the past ― such as his willingness to forge a unity government with Umno and his support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak even after it was revealed that Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) funds were used to purchase land from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) ― showed that it was impossible to maintain a political relationship with the Islamist party.

“The breach of promise made personally by Hadi at the Pakatan Rakyat Majlis Pimpinan (PR presidential council) on February 10 to discuss the hudud laws proposed by PAS first with Pakatan Rakyat partners at Majlis Pimpinan before being tabled to the Kelantan State Assembly or a private motion by Hadi in Parliament further immobilised the entire Pakatan Rakyat Majlis Pimpinan,” Lim added, referring to the PAS chief’s tabling a private member’s bill on hudud in Parliament.

Lim pointed out that the immediate effect of PR’s death as a coalition would be on the Selangor government where DAP will now push Mentri Besar Azmin Ali to “reframe the state government” with a new functioning coalition based on the PR Common Policy and the Selangor PR 2013 General Election manifesto.

“DAP will work towards a broad based and principled new coalition that shall emerge to fill the political vacuum that can rekindle hopes of change to realise our Malaysian dream for a better future for all,” he said.

Yesterday, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail urged PR parties to review its internal relationships to strengthen the pact’s “progressive” parties.

She also said PKR acknowledges that there are currently problems within PR that demand immediate attention, but did not specify what she meant by those problems.

Dr Wan Azizah’s remarks come amid plans by Persatuan Ummah Sejahtera Malaysia (PasMa) to officially join PR as a political party and replace PAS.

PAS had on June 6 confirmed its decision to sever ties with DAP while still remaining in PR with PKR, after its motion to do so was approved without debate.

The two parties have been openly hostile over PAS’s ambition to enforce hudud in Kelantan.

The development drove DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang to declare PR dead and awaiting “funeral rites”.-The Malay Mail Online

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DATUK Seri Hadi Awang flew off to Japan on Thursday morning to speak on hudud law at a Japanese university.

The PAS president had given a lecture on the same subject at a university in Singapore shortly before the PAS muktamar.

In fact, his supporters had used that in the PAS election, telling everyone that Singapore had invited Hadi to speak on hudud whereas the Kota Baru PAS division, which was against Hadi, had invited DAP’s Lim Kit Siang to Kelantan to talk against hudud.

The PAS election is over but feelings are still running high and the rift in PAS shows little sign of mending.

Attempts by the winning camp to appoint some of those who lost in the PAS election to the party’s central committee have been rebuffed.

The appointment of key office-bearers had to be postponed because some of the losers had spurned the appointed posts.

Former deputy president Mohamad Sabu, who is also overseas, told people he is going to “take a break” and he wants to “give others a chance”.

Mat Sabu, as he is known, has yet to recover from his defeat. His ego has been bruised after obtaining only 24% of the vote against the new deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man. Tuan Ibrahim had also gone away for a break with his family in, of all places, Kundasang near the epicentre of the Sabah earthquake.

Pakatan Rakyat is going through a political earthquake of its own. The coalition has been shaken to the core by the ulama victory in the PAS election.

DAP is the most badly affected because DAP supporters equate the ulama dominance to the prospect of hudud law. It had initially tried to blame Umno for what was happening in PAS but this blame-Umno-for-everything game has to stop. It is beginning to look childish and silly.

The average Malaysian voter can see that DAP, despite winning the most seats in the general election, has been unable to control PAS.

They can also see that Pakatan is as good as broken or, as DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke put it, the situation between PAS and DAP is “beyond repair”.

The only reason why they are still together is because of Selangor. Power is a seductive thing and no one walks away from it just like that.

Loke said the survival of the Selangor government is a top priority for the party and it will be central to any decision made about the direction of the coalition. But he stressed that there will be no snap state election.

Pakatan leaders can see the voter fatigue and they know that the urban thinking class will punish them if there is a snap election. They will still win but with less seats and at great political cost.

Fortunately for Pakatan, the Barisan side is also not keen on a snap election because it has no chance of winning.

Pakatan leaders have also stopped talking about the “road to Putrajaya”. But none of them can bring themselves to admit that they are unlikely to beat Barisan Nasional in the next general election. The reason is not because Barisan is that great but because Pakatan is in worse shape.

Political power, sad to say, is not always about who is the better party. Voters often have to choose between the lesser of evils.

Barisan will probably win again without the popular votes but with the majority of seats. But that is the trend of politics these days. British Prime Minister David Cameron won only 37% of the popular vote but secured a simple majority in terms of seats to form a government.

Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an icon for many PAS politicians, is still struggling to form a coalition government after his Justice and Development Party obtained only 41% of the popular vote and could not win enough seats to form a single party government.

The Pakatan set-up, as we know it, is in its final days. Something major is cooking and things will be clearer in the coming week when DAP makes a critical decision about its place in Pakatan.

There are also signs that a new Malay party may be formed as the repository for the disgruntled group in PAS.

Pasma, the NGO set up by Kedah PAS politician Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi, was hoping to play this role.

However, Pasma is too much a part of PAS even though it has been labelled a traitor to the party and rejected by PAS members.

It would require an entirely new Malay party to attract the support of Malays in general and become the new Malay face of a new opposition coalition.

All that is easier said than done. Umno and PAS may not be perfect but they are ­genuine grassroots parties and they will not be easy to dislodge.

DAP is also trying to persuade high-profile Malays to join the party to help soften its Chinese image. National laureate Datuk A. Samad Said, 80, set the ball rolling yesterday when he joined DAP. He will now be hailed as a hero by the DAP supporters and an oddball and attention-seeker by his Malay detractors.

Samad will help sell the idea of “DAP for all”. Hopefully, the slogan will last longer than “PAS for all”.

Some Pakatan leaders have claimed that PAS would be nothing without Pakatan. But that, said lawyer and former think-tank head Khaw Veon Szu, is “flawed thinking”.

“Any coalition that aims to take over Putrajaya needs to capture the Malay hinterland of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Kedah and Felda in Johor. Only PAS has the access to such areas.

“PAS is gaining traction among the civil servants, police and army, and even among some Malay Rulers. PAS will be the direct beneficiary of Umno’s weakness and losses,” said Khaw.

In that sense, demonising and isolating PAS could backfire on DAP and PKR in the next round.

The next general election, Khaw added, is going to be about three things: the Malay vote, Sabah and Sarawak.

“You want to bring down Barisan, you’ve got to win in the Malay heartland and in Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.

DAP has maxed out in the Chinese constituencies. If DAP wants to improve on its seat count, it needs to go into mixed or Malay seats.

But the majority of DAP leaders still have a rather narrow understanding of how Malays and Muslims feel about issues of the day and especially their preoccupation with religion.

DAP leaders only like to work with liberal-minded Malays who share the DAP way of thinking. The joke is that DAP only likes Malays who think and behave like the Chinese.

To them, all Malaysians should be like people in the west coast towns. And, as far as they are concerned, the best type of Malays are people like Mat Sabu or Dyana Sofea Mohd Daud, who go along with what DAP wants rather than the other way around.

The party likes to think that it is the party of future Malaysians but their DNA is still very Chinese. DAP is a world apart from PKR, the only party that can claim to be truly multi-racial in form and practice.

Selangor Mentri Besar and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali rarely loses his cool but he came close to it last week when DAP politicians went on social media to pressure him to take a stand on the DAP-PAS fallout.

Azmin had snapped at a DAP MP over Twitter, “don’t be childish”.

DAP politicians had expected him to gang up with their party against PAS but he refused to play along. After all, PAS had backed him for the Mentri Besar post whereas DAP had preferred Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. Azmin’s party is the minority in the Selangor government with only 13 assemblymen compared to 15 each in DAP and PAS. The irony is that the minority party has become the kingmaker without whom the Selangor government will collapse.

The tumult in Pakatan, said Khaw, is a result of the coalition going through the post-Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim stage.

Anwar has often been described as the glue holding Pakatan together. With the glue gone, the three component parties are doing their own thing. Dr Wan Azizah is the Opposition Leader but she has neither the clout nor the skills to handle all these big personalities.

Pakatan politics has come full circle but it is not game over yet. – The Star Online