Anwar to Stay as Opposition Leader
With their ally PKR rocked by a spate of resignations – and its elected representatives turning Independents – PAS and DAP have assured that they remain committed to the opposition coalition and PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.
All 23 PAS parliamentarians and three senators signed a media statement in which president Abdul Hadi Awang (left) said they would continue with efforts to make a difference in resolving issues of poverty, unfairness and violation of fundamental rights, as well as ensure adherence to religious and moral principles.
“We regret that some of our members have decided to leave the coalition, but the fight is still on,” the statement reads.
The signatories said they are confident in governance within Pakatan, and that current issues affecting the public would be revived during the next sitting of Parliament from March 15.
“We would like to call upon the people to join the fight against GST (proposed Goods and Services Tax) and hike in petrol price,” they said.Anwar to stay as opposition leader
In another statement, all 28 DAP parliamentarians and two senators declared “wholehearted” support for Anwar as opposition leader and prime minister-designate for Pakatan.
“We view the recent spate of resignations by a handful of MPs from PKR as a short-term anomaly which does not in anyway reflect the overwhelming support which the rakyat has given, and has continued to provide to PKR and Pakatan Rakyat.”
DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has affirmed his support for Anwar as the opposition leader, following the resignation of three parliamentarians from PKR in recent weeks.
“As far as the DAP is concerned, Anwar continues as parliamentary opposition leader even if PKR members of parliament number less than DAP’s 28 MPs,” Lim said.
“All keen followers of the Malaysian political scene see what is happening in PKR as a long-needed self-cleansing process which, however painful and agonising, is necessary to restore public confidence in the credibility and viability of PKR and Pakatan Rakyat.”
PKR now holds 28 seats in Parliament, while DAP has also 28 and PAS 23.
PKR has been rocked by a spate of resignations and defections over the past few months.
The latest to do so was Tan Tee Beng, the Nibong Tebal MP, who announced his decision yesterday.
PKR leaders are bracing for more defections in the weeks to come.