There is no break-up, stresses Anwar

There is no break-up, stresses Anwar
Giving her views: Dr Wan Azizah talking to the media during a programme in Permatang Nibong in Butterworth, Penang.

BUTTERWORTH - PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has brushed off talk of PAS pulling out of Pakatan Rakyat, saying that there is no such indication for now.

"That's too presumptuous (to say PAS wants to leave Pakatan) ... They are still very much committed to Pakatan Rakyat.

"Of course, there are sentiments on the ground and some allegations that I choose not to entertain because as far as we are concerned, we have full confidence in the attitude and the policies of the leadership.

"There have been opinions voiced but we are still in the process of discussion. I do not see this as a break-up," he said after presenting orphans with financial aid at the Permatang Nibong mosque, near here, yesterday.

Anwar said inappropriate and unhealthy comments on Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim's position had caused a misunderstanding, but added that the PKR, DAP and PAS leaderships saw the importance of cooperation.

"We have persevered for so long with principles like tolerance."

Asked if PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's rejection of the move to oust Khalid as MB might be reflective of PAS' official stand, Anwar said it was for PAS to resolve.

"That's a personal view of Tok Guru Haji Hadi. PAS would need to engage Hadi to hear his reasons and also resolve issues like why a woman should not be appointed mentri besar.

"Otherwise, the ramifications may not be too good in the long run," he said, adding that he had spoken to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng over the leaked WhatsApp conversation.

"What is important is the attitude and position of the leaders, not some small fractions of PAS, or any party for that matter, that sometimes come out with extreme statements.

"Lim is, of course, very concerned, and I think rightly so," he said.

On Khalid's refusal to vacate the MB's post, Anwar said Khalid was informed that he would be replaced even before the Kajang Move was announced.

"The final decision has also been communicated to him. So I think we should avoid making statements that will heat up the situation."

Anwar said issues like the Kinrara Damansara Expressway, the hike in salaries of assemblymen, water, infrastructure and state expenditure not being used to repair roads had been discussed in all Pakatan meetings at all levels.

"All three Pakatan parties acknow­ledge that there are things in Selangor that must be improved," he said.

At the same event, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said she felt it to be her duty to uphold the party's decision for her to assume the Selangor Mentri Besar's post.

"The party has already made its decision on the matter. All the positions that I hold are my responsibi­lity and a service to the people.

"Whatever we do lies in the hands of Allah because all these are tests," she said.

On claims by her critics that she was a puppet for her husband, she said the party emphasised teamwork.

"Well ... he was in jail when I became the (party) president. They can criticise me whatever they like but we have a team and teamwork is what we emphasise on," she added.

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