Kuala Lumpur – The absence of Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang at Pakatan leadership meetings remains a thorny subject, which has led to the idea that the opposition alliance might not survive to contest in the 14th General Election (GE14).
Warnings by DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang that the alliance might soon be dissolved over the matter drew the support of PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail yesterday.
Taking a swipe at Hadi, Dr Wan Azizah said communication between Pakatan’s top leaders and the Islamic party chief could be “improved”.
She suggested an agreement with Lim, saying calls for Pakatan leaders to hold more meetings were likely to be directed at Pas rather than other parties.
“There are calls for Pakatan leaders to hold meetings more frequently, but these calls are likely directed at Pas, as communication between PKR and DAP is ongoing.
“Communication is good with Pas leaders, but only those below the president’s level.
“I think this (lack of communication with Hadi) can be rectified,” she said at the PKR headquarters here.
When asked whether Pakatan would remain intact until GE14, Dr Wan Azizah said she believed the alliance stood a good chance to contest if it remained united.
“If Pakatan is to win the next general election against Barisan Nasional, which has been in power for so long, we need a united front and to work together, based on consensus.
“We share the same principles and this will allow us to mount a challenge against the BN government.”
On Monday, DAP strongman Lim had said he was uncertain if Pakatan would survive to contest in GE14, as its leadership had not held any meeting in the past six months.
“If you ask me whether I can categorically say that the tripartite Pakatan will be around to fight in GE14, I cannot answer you, as I do not know,” wrote Lim in a blog post.
“It is no secret that things have not been well in Pakatan and this is why the Pakatan Leadership Council has not been able to meet for over six months to reaffirm Pakatan’s common policy framework and consensus principle.”
In an immediate response, Pas information chief Mahfuz Omar denied claims that Hadi had been avoiding his counterparts in PKR and DAP.
He said Hadi had recently met PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Lim in Parliament.
“There are no communication problems between Hadi and other Pakatan leaders,” he said at the Pas headquarters here yesterday.
Mahfuz, however, acknowledged the need for the Pakatan leadership to hold more meetings in the future.
“I urge everyone to have a big heart and return to the discussion table.
“We must have a positive attitude, as the people hope for Pakatan to survive beyond GE14.
“It is not true that Hadi does not attend meetings.
“Call for a meeting first and, then, we will see if our president comes.
“How do you know that he won’t come if meetings are not called?”
He said Pakatan would meet a premature end if its leaders were uncertain of the alliance’s continued existence.
“I always believe that something will become a reality if we think about it a lot.
“So, if we think Pakatan won’t survive, then maybe, it won’t.
“However, if we remain positive, I am confident that we can survive beyond GE14.”