'Expect a new coalition in July'

'Expect a new coalition in July'
Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim (right, in yellow), from the opposition party Democratic Action Party (DAP), handing out flowers to locals of this coastal town.
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KLANG - A new collaboration aimed at ending the political turmoil within the Pakatan Rakyat is expected to emerge in July.

Selangor Backbenchers Club chairman Ng Suee Lim said all issues regarding the co­-operation of the three component parties should see a more explicit resolution by then.

"Things will be clearer after the Hari Raya celebration. It is likely that there will be a brand new coalition that will work together," the DAP Sekinchan assemblyman said during a site visit to the Klang third bridge near Lorong Selamat here yesterday.

"(We) won't talk about Pakatan Rakyat any more as it will be considered past tense."

Ng said the coalition was now at the stage of realigning and readjusting, where both DAP and PKR were finding new ways to co­-operate in the future.

"We do not deny that there are some pro­blems that need to be tackled now but I wish to assure that the relationships of all state assembly representatives in Selangor are still intact and good," he added.

"We will use the time during the month of Ramadan to figure out ways so that the state government led by Mentri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali will continue to function."

Asked if the three parties would still remain in the state administration, Ng said that it was possible as long as they could still agree on certain common issues and were respectful with each other.

In Butterworth, former PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu said the Pakatan Rakyat should continue working together as a coalition to counter Barisan Nasional.

He said the Pakatan would need to resolve their differences before taking on the Barisan in the next general election.

"Past experiences have showed that it will be difficult to succeed going it alone," he said.

In Kuala Lumpur, Sepang MP Hanipa Maidin said a realignment was needed to create a new political force.

"Pakatan Rakyat is untenable. It is a sad fact but we have to accept it. There should be a Pakatan Baru," said the PAS MP at Parliament lobby yesterday.

In Johor Baru, the state DAP does not see any point in working with PAS.

Its party policy director Wong Shu Qi said since Pakatan Rakyat had ceased to exist, state party lea­ders felt there was no need to work with the Islamist party, in particular the newly-elected Johor PAS Commis­sioner Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed.

"He (Dr Mahfodz) was the one who suggested that PAS sever its ties with DAP during its muktamar. It is not DAP that caused the rift in the Pakatan but PAS itself," said the Senai assemblyman.

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