Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pakatan 2.0 informally discussed at 'buka puasa' meet

Pakatan Rakyat leaders may have discussed the formation of a new coalition at a recent ‘buka puasa’ gathering.

DAP, PKR, and PAS progressives MPs and leaders who attended the gathering at the residence of Tumpat MP Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar (pic) on Tuesday night were all smiles as they sat together in a large group.

The photograph of the group was later uploaded by Seputeh MP Teresa Kok to her Facebook page.

“I felt happy and surprised to meet so many friends from the PAS progressives group who came from outside Selangor such as Salahuddin Ayub, Suhaizan Kaiat, Dr Mujahid (Yusof Rawa), Dr Hatta Ramli and others.

“I told them this is the first time I’ve seen the progressive leaders in PAS so united,” she said on her page.

Among other Pakatan leaders present at the gathering were DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, PAS ex-deputy president Mohamad Sabu, Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad, PKR Parliament whip Datuk Johari Abdul and PKR vice-president Tian Chua.

The photo of the gathering immediately drew speculation that the opposition leaders could have informally discussed the setting up of a brand new coalition, with Kok hinting as much in her posting.

“Even though the PAS muktamar decision to sever ties with DAP has killed off Pakatan, tonight’s meeting gives hope to the birth of Pakatan 2.0,” she wrote.

The PAS progressives group, which was wiped out by the ulama faction in the recent party polls, has given the new leadership 100 days to return to being more inclusive.

Otherwise, they could face a breakaway Islamist party that could replace PAS in the opposition pact.

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