Nizar: Cooperation is a reciprocal relationship
Pakatan Rakyat will not play second fiddle to Barisan Nasional in the political arena of Perak but instead will go on its own political way to reach out to the people.
Ousted Pakatan Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin who said this today added that BN must give some political leverage to Pakatan if it wants the coalition to cooperate with the ruling coalition to ensure that Perakians benefit from the state’s economic development.
Nizar (below,right) had agreed to politically cooperate with the BN state government with three pre-conditions:
- if it gives the annual allowance of RM150,000 to RM200,000 to all elected Pakatan representatives,
- if it allows Pakatan politicians to use all public places like community halls and public fields; and
- if it allows Pakatan representatives to be on every district-level land council to ensure that all state land goes only to the genuine poor and the needy and not to BN cronies.
However, Nizar’s three pre-conditions were shot down by both Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin who said that Pakatan must not impose any conditions on working with BN’s Perak government if it is sincere in working for the people.
BN Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir also dismissed the pre-conditions of cooperation reportedly saying that the Pakatan assembly persons’ allocations would only be channelled through the state’s federal agencies.
To this Nizar said “We will not play second fiddle to BN’s political propaganda to get political mileage. We will not subscribe to BN’s marriage of convenience so that they will get the political credit for our groundwork”.
‘Zambry facing pressure’
Nizar, who is Bukit Gantang MP, agreed that it will be an uphill task to communicate with the people without the annual assembly person’s allocations and without the usage of community halls for Pakatan’s various programmes geared to benefit the 28 Pakatan state constituencies.
“However, this political impasse will only make us stronger in uniting our coalition parties to make frequent ground contact with Perakians to prepare for the next state and general elections,” he said.
He was speaking to Malaysiakini after attending the state Pakatan Rakyat Chinese New Year celebrations at the Kwang Tung Association in Taiping which was attended by about 1,000 people.
Also present were top Pakatan leaders including DAP leader Lim Kit Siang, DAP state chief Ngeh Koo Ham, PKR state chief Mustaffa Kamil Ayub and PAS state chief Abu Bakar Hussein.
Earlier, in his speech, Nizar said the Federal Court’s decision to recognise Zambry as the legitimate menteri besar did not reflect the will of Perakians. He cited a recent Malay tabloid’s survey which claimed that 87 % of the people were not happy with the decision of the court.
Nizar also claimed that Zambry was ruling the state in fear as the three Pakatan state reps who had left the coalition last year were pressurising him by demanding for more goodies and handouts.
Nizar alleged that Zambry was also facing political pressure from his fellow Umno members with similar demands.
The PAS leader and said that Najib’s underhanded political tactic of using the media to tarnish the image of Pakatan would not succeed as truth would always prevail in the end.