Pakatan no longer exists, announces DAP

Pakatan no longer exists, announces DAP
Lim Guan Eng, fourth chief minister of Penang, Malaysia and secretary-general of Malaysia's opposition party Democratic Action Party (DAP).
PHOTO: The Star/ANN

PETALING JAYA - DAP has declared Pakatan Rakyat dead, saying it no longer existed after the motion by PAS muktamar to sever ties with DAP.

Party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said DAP's Central Executive Committee (CEC) had accepted the PAS decision on Monday night.

"As Pakatan Rakyat was formed by the three parties based on consensus and bound by the Common Policy Framework, the PAS muktamar's motion killed off Pakatan Rakyat. Pakatan therefore ceases to exist," he said in a statement.

Lim said the pact had come to near-paralysis several times during the past year because PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang violated decisions agreed upon at Pakatan's leadership meetings.

He said the near-paralysis was worsened by Hadi's willingness to forge a unity government with Umno and his support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Lim said DAP would work with PKR and all other forces that wanted to see the end of Barisan Nasional's rule.

Pakatan was formed in April 2008, in the wake of the 12th general election.

Lim said DAP would also continue to support PKR in the Selangor state government under Mentri Besar Azmin Ali based on Pakatan's common policy and the pact's 2013 general election manifesto.

DAP and PAS have 15 seats each in Selangor while PKR has 13.

Barisan Nasional has 12 seats while former Selangor mentri besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is the sole independent representative.

The breakup of Pakatan could result in a hung state assembly.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said the party's decision to announce that Pakatan no longer existed did not signify defeatism, adding that Malaysians wanted a new political coalition based on principles and the people's interests and not for power.

"Malaysians must now move on. There is no time to lose on polemics so as to rekindle the hopes of Malaysians who want political change and assure them that such a possibility is still there in the 14th General Election," Lim said at Parliament lobby.

He said the immediate challenge was to realign the political forces and keep alive the hopes of Malaysians for change.

Asked why the party could not wait for PKR's decision, the Gelang Patah MP said DAP would not wait for its partner to decide on the fate of the coalition as it was now dead.

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