PAS’ allies in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition need to be ready to take over the federal government in the foreseeable future, said a PAS leader.
PAS secretary-general Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said this is due to the fact that the leadership of the Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional (PH-BN) coalition government continues to fail in addressing national issues.
“PAS and PN must work even harder and remain prepared to take over the federal government in the near future, considering that the leadership of the PH-BN coalition government continues to fail in addressing the issues that burden our society and nation,” Takiyuddin said at the Islamist party’s 69th “muktamar” (annual congress) today (Oct 20).
“They are, in fact, a failed government and they won’t walk the talk.”
The Kota Bharu MP also pointed out how this was the first muktamar after the 15th General Election (GE15), where PN managed to win 74 federal seats and highlighted how PN has won 208 state seats in total, or roughly half nationwide in addition to governing four state governments, which are Perlis, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan.
Takiyuddin, who is also the PN deputy secretary-general further said the public has the right to live with dignity rather than relying on aid provided according to the whims and fancies of those in power.
“I hoped that the convention would become the platform for PAS delegates to engage in high-quality discussions, critiques and post-mortems, highlighting substantial inputs.
“This is crucial for planning the process of utilising our victory, especially as an effective and constructive opposition in the Parliament and several state legislatures, and even more so for the states under our governance,’ he said.
According to Utusan Malaysia report yesterday (Oct 19), Takiyuddin stressed that the government can be changed at any time based on support or confidence in the prime minister without having to wait for an election.
At the same time, he also rubbished claims that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had sent out an invitation to PAS to join the unity government last year.
“The offer was made when Time Magazine interviewed him (Anwar), but we did not receive any offer from them (unity government),” Takiyuddin was quoted as saying by Utusan Malaysia yesterday (Oct 19).
Anwar reportedly told Time Magazine on Oct 11 that he had indeed sent out an invitation to PAS to join the unity government last year.
According to Anwar, PAS’s answer was neither a clear rejection nor a positive response.
However, the Tambun MP indicated that the door for PAS to join his administration was still open. – Oct 20, 2023
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