Ousted committee member blames PAS for Pakatan's demise

Ousted committee member blames PAS for Pakatan's demise
Ousted PAS central committee member Khalid Samad.
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KOTA BARU - Ousted PAS central committee member Khalid Samad has blamed the Islamist party for being the catalyst to the demise of Pakatan Rakyat.

Khalid, who is Shah Alam MP, urged PAS to review the causes that led to the fallout that was blamed on the DAP.

"DAP cannot be solely responsible and the problem stemmed from PAS who had caused so much problems although it was brought up at the central committee since 2013.

"PAS even had an ulama multaqa to review the Tahaluf Siyasi with PKR after the 2013 general election and another same review with DAP in 2015.

"Despite the reviews there was no clear solution to the problem and in fact PAS is the troublemaker here," he told reporters here after the launch of the Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) on Sunday night.

Present were Kelantan chapter chairman Datuk Wan Rahim Wan Abdullah, Kuala Krai MP Datuk Mohd Hatta Ramli, Kota Raja MP Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud and former Umno Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.

Khalid reiterated that PAS should not cause problems with coalition partners based on the fact that PR had increased the number of voters from the Malays and non-Malays.

"Therefore, I cannot see why this relationship had caused to suffer an early death as a result of PAS and DAP fallout. When we compare both parties' performance in 2004, it is clear that when PR was incepted it was doing well on the common policy framework.

"Now everything has ended and PAS can be blamed for this," he added.

Khalid announced that GHB will be registered as a political party led by former PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu on Sept 14 when all its members will cease to be PAS members.

"We will hold the first convention on Sept 16 in Kuala Lumpur," he added.

Last Monday, Mohamad announced the set up of the new party to be headed by those who lost in the PAS elections in June.

Khalid said Hudud will not be the main agenda of the new party and will concentrate on people issues.

He vehemently denied that DAP would be funding the new party.

"No party including PAS or DAP is involved in financing GHB. We are starting from zero," he said.

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