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PAS needs to work with BN parties, says its sec-gen

August 20, 2018 9:59 AM
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GEORGE TOWN: PAS will use next month's annual muktamar (gathering) to drive through the point that the party needs to informally work with all Opposition parties, including those in the once-dominant Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

Its secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said it was similar to PAS partnering with DAP and PKR in the Pakatan Harapan in the past.

"It is an informal and loose set-up as PAS and BN also have differences on a few issues," he told theSun today. "But for the sake of providing a credible and constructive Opposition, PAS will tolerate and collaborate with others."

He said party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang would use the muktamar to narrate the next direction of the Islamist party where the core fundamentals would continue to be focused on Islamic values and influences.

But at the same time PAS is a political party that is dependent on strategies and struggles to stay relevant, Takiyuddin said.

"We will continue to use a matured form of politicking where besides criticising (the government). PAS will dispense advise on how to effectively manage Malaysia," he said.

"We now have control of two states to govern (Terengganu and Kelantan). It is the same with BN (Umno) who has Pahang and Perlis."

Takiyuddin, who retained his Kota Baru parliamentary seat, said PAS would also take a pragmatic stance on many issues but it will not compromise on its principles when it comes to championing Islam.


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