KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 – The troubles between the Pakatan coalition partners DAP and Pas seems far from over when Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang left right after an hour-long Pakatan presidential council meeting today. Hadi was not at the press conference attended as his counterparts from DAP and PKR, led by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Anwar read a prepared text during the five-minute press conference, stating among others on how Pakatan member parties were going to work together to solve their problems. The opposition leader had declined to answer most of the questions posed by reporters, particularly about the differences plaguing relations between Pas and DAP.
It was learnt that Hadi had left after the meeting to attend an event in Shah Alam, but had stayed throughout the meeting. Others present at the press conference were PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, Pas deputy president Mohamad Sabu, Pas vice president Salahuddin Ayub and Pas secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali.
Anwar said PKR, DAP and Pas had agreed that all decisions by the Pakatan coalition will be made based on mutual principles. He said Pakatan will convene a special meeting to resolve matters pertaining to Pas-led Kelantan government’s plans to implement hudud and the proposal by DAP-led Penang government to hold local government elections.
The two issues have been the main sore points between Pas and DAP with both opposing each others’ plans. Relations between the Pakatan coalition partners have been strained especially since the start of the Selangor leadership crisis during the last months of last year.
On his sodomy trial which will be decided on Tuesday by the Federal Court, Anwar said the Pakatan leadership will hold a special meeting after the case had been decided to chart plan for the coalition to move forward. He also announced that the next Pakatan convention would be held on May 10. Meanwhile, Mustafa said his challenge to debate with Guan Eng over the local government elections and hudud issue had been called off.