Thursday, September 10, 2015

Ramkarpal to Azmin: Choose PAS or DAP

A DAP parliamentarian has asked Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali to state his stand on whether PKR would work with PAS if a new Opposition coalition is formed.

Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh said that Azmin must decide if he would rather work with either PAS or DAP since the relationship between both parties is now “irreconcilable”.

“Azmin must decide which of the two he chooses to work with in the future as it is clear that there cannot be a realistic alliance between PAS and DAP any longer,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

He said there could be no question of working with both DAP and PAS at the same time as common sense dictates there no longer exists a working relationship between the two.

The statement comes in the wake of a war of words between Azmin and DAP assistant publicity secretary Teo Nie Ching over the Selangor Mentri Besar’s decision to work with PAS.

Ramkarpal said that Azmin’s statement was ill-advised as the tension within Pakatan Rakyat and its subsequent break-up was created by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

He said that Hadi’s actions not only sparked controversy with DAP but also with members of his own party who have come out to form Parti Amanah Negara.

He questioned why Azmin insisted on working with the Islamist party despite Hadi saying that PAS would not participate in a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and that PAS members would not be prevented from attending the Himpunan Maruah Melayu on Sept 16. 

“Such a stance is capable of sending wrong signals to the rakyat who voted for a Pakatan Rakyat which included PAS in GE-13 as they were led to believe that PAS was committed to the Pakatan cause.

"Azmin cannot blow hot and cold at the same time,” said Ramkarpal, adding that Teo had every right to question on his stance.

“Azmin should also consider the harsh realities of working with PAS which will, very likely, contest against the DAP and PKR in three-cornered fights in GE-14. Surely, it would be hypocritical to back PAS in such circumstances,” added Ramkarpal.

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