3 OCTOBER 2015
I refer to the newspaper report yesterday on the joint press conference by DAP and AMANAH in PKR’s absence on the matter of Pakatan Harapan in Sarawak, and for the sake of clarity, I will repeat the statement I made on 25 September 2015.
Our national leaders had announced that PKR, DAP and AMANAH had formed a new coalition called Pakatan Harapan. I then announced that PKR Sarawak is part of Pakatan Harapan, in keeping with the structure of the national coalition. This means that PKR Sarawak is part of Pakatan Harapan Sarawak.
We are aware that PAS had been invited by the federal leaders to be part of Pakatan Harapan but they declined, and therefore at state level, I believe that PAS Sarawak would take the cue from their national leaders and decline to join Pakatan Harapan. This should be plain and obvious.
On the basis of the foregoing, I reiterate that PKR Sarawak is willing and ready to work together with our partners in this new coalition, including DAP. It should be noted that we have always maintained a consistent stand. Whilst the former coalition Pakatan Rakyat was in existence, we continued to maintain ties with PAS, while DAP left Pakatan Rakyat and refused communication with PKR and PAS. Thus the cooperation within Pakatan Rakyat Sarawak was severely disrupted.
Now that there is a new coalition, we should resume the work towards our common goals. Since it is plain that PAS is not a member of Pakatan Harapan, there is no necessity to debate or speculate on the matter. PKR Sarawak has also made a firm stand on the issue of hudud and we should put the matter to rest.
It is my understanding that the coalition parties are finalising the agreements and necessary formalities for Pakatan Harapan. Once all the details are ironed out and the pact formalised, we will resume our seat negotiations with DAP and AMANAH in Sarawak. I look forward to a dynamic and mutually advantageous relationship with our coalition partners in Pakatan Harapan for the benefit of the people of Sarawak and Malaysia.
ADUN N70 Ba’ Kelalan