|Pakatan leaders committed to strengthening ties|
|Jun 10, 09 7:06pm Malaysiakini.com|
|Amid the raging controversy on the unity government talks between PAS and Umno, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim today claimed that Pakatan Rakyat leaders are committed towards strengthening cooperation to ensure the success of their agenda for change.
According to the PKR supremo, he had met with PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, who is the central figure in the controversy, and DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang last night.
“We are of the opinion that it is important to provide the space and opportunity to component parties to explain their stand on any issues which arise.
“We believe that the minor misunderstanding blown out of proportion by the Umno-BN media will not affect the cooperation built on the premise to usher change for all Malaysians,” he said in a statement.
Anwar explained that the issue of PAS-Umno talks, which was raised by Abdul Hadi, should be viewed from the context of the presidential speech during the recent PAS Mukatamar.
“In the speech, Abdul Hadi had reiterated PAS’ commitment to ensure that change is effected through Pakatan Rakyat.
“He stressed on the need for cooperation (among Pakatan parties) to resolve the crisis in Perak, to ensure that the judiciary is independent and that elections are fair and transparent,” he said.
“Malaysians want a government which is responsible, transparent and effective in administering the nation.
“Pakatan is ready to shoulder this responsibility to ensure that the country is on the right track,” he added.
DAP leaders have been slamming PAS since Abdul Hadi touched on the possibility of an unity government with Umno.
Even PAS leaders, including its respected spiritual adviser Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, have been slighted by the proposal.
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| Written by Sharon Tan The Edge
|Thursday, 11 June 2009 14:24|