Kuala Lumpur, 29 June — Following weeks of trading barbs amongst political foes and allies alike, Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) and Democratic Action Party(DAP) released a joint statement today highlighting its opinion that in order for the “people’s mandate” to be restored, the now opposition coalition must comprise of the original component members; PAN, DAP, PKR, Warisan and Tun Mahathir’s faction of Bersatu.
The press release alleges Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin as the “chief conspirator” of the Sheraton Coup and states that it will be against their principle to accept Hamzah into the “formula” without including Tun Mahathir and Warisan.
The statement also claims that Tun Dr. Mahathir and his allies are not the real enemies of the coalition but indeed allies in its fight against the Perikatan Nasional alliance, which forms the government of the day, lead by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Inadvertently, the press release reveals the existence of non-cooperation and chasms within the opposition pact.
NMT has reached out to representatives from DAP and PAN for clarification and comments.
Below is the full excerpts of the press release sighted by NMT:
Joint Statement by Parti Amanah Negara and the DAP, on Monday 29th June 2020
Parti Amanah Negara(PAN) and the DAP are of the opinion that any combination of parties to restore the people’s mandate must include the five original Pakatan Harapan Plus parties that were voted in by the people on the 9th May 2018. These parties are Amanah, DAP, Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Warisan and Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s faction of Bersatu.
There should be no deal or attempt to form any deal with Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin, the chief conspirator of the Sheraton coup. Any formula that includes Hamzah but excludes Warisan and Dr. Mahathir’s faction is not acceptable and not based on principles.
It is very important for the Pakatan Harapan Plus parties to come to a common understanding on who are the real opponents. Amanah and DAP maintain that Warisan and Dr. Mahathir’s faction of Bersatu are not our enemies. Instead, they are our allies in the fight against the kleptocratic Perikatan Nasional alliance.
On the other hand, we are of the view that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, and Hamzah Zainuddin are the hostile forces that brought about the Sheraton coup in order to free UMNO leaders from corruption charges and to extend the shelf life of past kleptocratic rule, which was vehemently objected by Malaysians in the 14th General Election. Therefore, there can be no arrangement to form a government with this group of leaders.
In essence, we would like our allies to know who are actually friends and who are foes. The inability to distinguish friends and foes would lead us into unmitigated disasters.
DS Salahudin Ayub
Parti Amanah Negara(PAN)
M Kula Segaran